In the main event of UFC Minneapolis, Junior dos Santos was taking on Francis Ngannou. There, the expectation was that the winner would then fight for the heavyweight title next. Ultimately, it was Ngannou who got his hand raised as he once again has another first-round finish, this time in just over a minute.
But, according to Brendan Schaub, he believes Junior dos Santos was scared to get hit by Ngannou and that is why he ended up getting TKO’d.
“Told you guys first-round TKO. I didn’t think he was gonna knock him out, but I thought he’d wobble him and finish him with punches on the ground. You don’t realize how f*cking hard Francis hits,” Schaub said on Below the Belt. “A lot of those they weren’t like flush. The only flush one, and it was weird how Junior dos Santos turned his back. It’s like, what the f*ck are you doing dude? And then boom behind the ear which, it’s a transition, that’s a legal blow, boom behind the ear and then JDS is like ‘what?’ And then [the followup punch]. That was the flush one, then he went face down.
“That was the first time dos Santos looked a little hesitant. That should show you how scary Francis is cause dos Santos was like scared to get hit. You could tell he was like, ‘oh f*ck dude.’”
Ngannou is now on a three-fight winning streak with wins over Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez, and Junior dos Santos. As for “JDS” it is a step back in what looked like a resurgence of his career as of late. Now, the former heavyweight champ will have to go back to the drawing board as he looks to get back into the win column next fight and start his march to another title shot again.