Ryan Garcia had previously never met his match for his crazy body shot challenge – then he met UFC heavyweight title contender Francis Ngannou.
‘The Predator’ is one of the most terrifying fighters on the planet and will hope to wrench the belt from Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 this weekend.
Standing at 6ft 6ins and regularly hitting the scales at around the 260lbs mark, the Cameroonian looks ready-made to assume the title of ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ and has become a phenomenon since making his UFC debut in 2015.
His outstanding genetics and freakish power are similar to that of boxing superstar Garcia, who is blessed with incredible speed and the good looks befitting a sporting superstar.
Shortly after his first round knockout win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC 249 last year, Ngannou and Garcia linked up for the American’s famous ‘Body Shot Challenge’ which sees ‘The Flash’ unload a series of left hooks to the body of willing participants as they are decked out in a body suit.
Ngannou was perhaps the first contestant to not only withstand the assault, but also barely even flinch as Garcia continued to reign down punches and the lightweight contender was certainly impressed.
“I seen his fight and I was like ‘this dude is the craziest person in the world,’” he told Ariel Helwani in July last year.
“Like, he just came up and knocked that dude out. That was nasty.
“And that guy was talking a big game too, the other guy. He was like, ‘He ain’t gonna beat me’. Whatever.
“When I met Francis I was like this dude is like Superman. This dude is huge.”
Ngannou’s humble origins from his home in Batie, to the streets of Paris and then to the bright lights of the UFC is truly inspiring.
Before making his MMA debut in 2013, the 34-year-old actually wanted to become a boxer and emulate his hero, Mike Tyson.
When asked if Ngannou had what it takes to step into the squared circle, Garcia had no doubts and even likened the knockout artist to former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
“I think he has this insane power in his hand,” he added. “He’s kind of like Deontay Wilder.
“You don’t have to worry about technique because you hit so hard. That’s what I have seen in him.
“I think he’s better skilled. Deontay Wilder goes crazy sometimes.”