Mike Tyson and Francis Ngannou. Photos: Miketyson/ Instagram, © Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Tyson hails Francis Ngannou as future champ after UFC 249

✔ Four straight first round KO's for the heavyweight star ✔ Tyson interested in returning to competition

After scoring an impressive 20 second knockout, Cameroonian heavyweight Francis Ngannou received high praise from none other than  Mike Tyson.

UFC 249 took place this weekend in Jacksonville, Florida. While there were well-founded health concerns, the event went down, and certainly delivered high-level entertainment in a time without any major sports. The two title fights that ended the show certainly earned most of the attention, but there were more fighters that stepped up to take the spotlight.

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Cameroonian heavyweight Francis Ngannou and undefeated striker Jairzinho Rozenstruik threw down in an anticipated bout that promised violence. The fight delivered that expected intensity, and was over just 20 seconds into the bout after that Ngannou dropped his opponent with a haymaker. The Cameroonian landed a few extra shots on an already unconscious Rozenstruik before the referee had time to stop the fight. Now Ngannou holds four straight wins via first round KO, which garnered some serious praise from boxing legend Mike Tyson.

Tyson is an avid MMA fan who also has a close relationship with UFC president Dana White. He has attended a slew of UFC events and regularly shows up in MMA conversations. The former boxing champ was one of those watching UFC 249 this weekend, and he has high hopes for Ngannou.

“Resounding … vicious …. future champ. Francis Ngannou 20 second knockout tonight,” Mike Tyson wrote on Twitter


Tyson recently announced a desire to return to boxing. His intentions seem to be exhibition matches to raise money for charity.

“I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff,” Tyson explained. “Some charity exhibition, make some money, help some homeless and drug-affected (expletive), you know, like me.”

While Tyson’s potential comeback has sparked criticism, he certainly still has unreal power in his hands. With his credentials, Tyson certainly knows a thing or two abotu champion-lever fighters. It remains to be seen if his predictions for Ngannou come true.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com

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