Francis Ngannou’s Stats Are Bigger Than His Punch

Francis Ngannou Stats

Francis Ngannou was one of the most dominant fighters we’ve ever seen inside the UFC Octagon ‘The Predator’ posted a UFC record of 12-2 with only one win going to the scorecards. This record included 10 knockouts, including 8 in the first round.

His 10 knockouts are tied for second most in the history of the UFC while his 11 finishes overall is tied for third-most in the UFC’s heavyweight division. Ngannou also owns the sixth-highest winning percentage in UFC history at 85.71%. 

Ngannou earned a total of six Performance of the Night bonuses and his 2017 knockout of Alistair Overeem was named as KO of the Year by various organizations such as Bleacher Report, ESPN, Pundit Arena, MMA Fighting, and the World MMA Awards.

Inside the Octagon, Ngannou landed an average of 2.33 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy of 41%. He absorbed an average of 2.16 significant strikes per minute and had a striking defense of 41%. The Predator completed just 0.76 takedown attempts per 15 minutes but had a 71% takedown accuracy. 

As a power puncher, Ngannou doesn’t need to land too many punches to put his opponent to sleep. If he lands clean, one overhand right from the Predator is enough to knock the living daylights out of his opponent. 

In the UFC, only Cyril Gane went the distance with Ngannou. The Frenchman outlanded Ngannou 63-43 in significant strikes landed. However, the Cameroonian fighter completed four out of five takedown attempts and had a total control time of 8:29 to win the fight.

During his professional boxing debut against Tyson Fury, Ngannou connected of 59 out 231 punches across 10 rounds. Although he dropped Fury early in the fight, Ngannou wasn’t able to sustain the momentum. He landed only six punches in the final two rounds as Fury walked away with the split decision win.

Against Anthony Joshua, Ngannou wasn’t outgunned as he threw 41 total punches as compared to AJ’s 42. Joshua also didn’t outland Ngannou by that much at 12-8 but AJ was able to land the clearer shots and he dropped Ngannou twice, including the fight-ending KO.