Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Alistair Overeem issues statement following brutal KO loss to Francis Ngannou

Alistair Overeem issues statement following brutal KO loss to Francis Ngannou

Alistair Overeem suffered one of the most devastating knockouts in UFC heavyweight history last night after Francis Ngannou attempted to send his head into orbit with a thunderous uppercut.

You can see an excerpt from the fight in our Fightful live coverage below.

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Thankfully, the 37-year-old former Strikeforce heavyweight champion took to Twitter shortly after the fight to assure his fans that he was suffering no serious ill effects in spite of the savage nature of the finish. NGannou didn't make it comfortable for him though, firing off knees and foot stomps until the referee separated them.

Round One: The round begins with Overeem immediately swinging at Ngannou, Ngannou grabs Overeem and he holds him against the cage wall. The action resumes with Overeem destroys a swinging Overeem with a counter left hook and Overeem goes out cold.

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Following his performance, Ngannou made it known that he wants the next shot at UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic both inside the Octagon and backstage. In a backstage interview with UFC's Megan Olivi, Ngannou said he has been visualizing the championship during training. "I took this because the victor should get a title shot and I think I got it". He also sounded as if he had no intention of the brutal knockout loss put an end to his career.

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