According to Dana white At a UFC press conference three years ago, UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is the world record holder for the hardest punch on record.
White made the comments in the weeks leading up to Ngannou’s first heavyweight title shot when he met Stipe Miocic. That night at UFC 220, he was decisively beaten by Miocic. But last night “The Predator” was able to avenge that loss with an absolutely vicious knockout victory.
How powerful is Francis Ngannou?
Many fans have heard of Francis Ngannou’s supposed power, but according to White he is indeed the toughest puncher on the planet right now.
“Francis Ngannou holds the world record for the most powerful punch. Its punch is equivalent to 96 horsepower, which is the equivalent of getting hit by a Ford Escort as fast as you can! It’s more powerful than a 12-pound hammer swung full force overhead. Holy shit. “
A previous report on his work indicated that Ngannou visited the UFC Performance Center in 2017 and during his stay, he punched 129,161 units – surpassing the previous record held by former boxer and kickboxer Tyrone Spong.
Ngannou certainly turned out to be one of the scariest men on the planet at UFC 260 with the kind of performance that made everyone watch them sit and take notice. Not only did he beat Miocic, but he did so emphatically.
Now that he’s the champion, there are plenty of challengers who could step in and attack Ngannou, but three come to mind above the rest – Jon Jones, Derrick lewis and Stipe Miocic once again. It’s fair to assume that Ngannou would clearly be the favorite in all three of these competitions, especially now he seems to have developed the patience to go alongside his power.
Miocic and Jones would have good game plans to face Ngannou, and Lewis would have a few big punches to try to get on. But the champion has proven that he works on a whole new level.
Can anyone meet him there? We will have to wait and see.