Dana White reveals Francis Ngannou's frightening punch power is equivalent to being hit by Ford Escort ahead of UFC 260

IT'S not like being hit by a truck – but a punch from Francis Ngannou is like being hit by a FORD ESCORT.

No fighter in the UFC's history has struck fear into the hearts of their opponents as the heavy-handed Ngannou.


The Cameroonian-born Frenchman – who was once homeless on the streets of Paris – possesses terrifying power in both hands.

Ngannou has a 61 per cent knockout ratio having won 11 of his 18 professional mixed martial arts fights via stoppage.

Former UFC heavyweight champions Junior dos Santos, Cain Velasquez and Andrei Arlovski have all been flatlined by the hulking 34-year-old.

And who can forget his iconic first-round knockout of future hall-of-famer Alistair Overeem?

But how hard does the Goliath actually hit?

According to UFC president Dana White, being punched by Ngannou is the equivalent of being hit by a mid-sized Ford.

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Speaking before the UFC 220 press conference in December 2017, White said: "Francis is a guy who has the world record for the most powerful punch.

“His punches are equivalent to 96 horse power.

'That’s equal to getting hit by a Ford Escort going as fast as it can.

"And it’s more powerful than a 12-pound sledgehammer from full force overhead. Holy s***.”

Ngannou will look to showcase his ungodly power this weekend in the main event of UFC 260 in Las Vegas, where he'll rematch reigning heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.


Miocic took the devastating power puncher to school in their first meeting in January 2018, utilising his wrestling for five straight rounds to retain his title via unanimous decision.

But Ngannou insists the result won't be the same second time around.

When asked for his pre-fight prediction, he told BT Sport: "Hopefully, end up short.

"But I don’t want to put that in my mind, basically, leading up to this fight.

"Because last time, I went there, and this was one of the biggest mistakes that I did.

"Back there, I went there to knock him out, which is something that I never did even though almost all my fights have been knock out.

"But he (the knockout) always came by himself. I never find it. I never found it.

"And for once that I found it, didn’t go well. And it just came back.

"You know, my last four fights, I didn’t call them to be a first-round knockout, and they ended up being a first-round knockout. So, let’s see how this one plays out."

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