Tape rankings @ Heavyweight
Who won N’Gannou vs Velasquez?
Francis NGannou beat Cain Velasquez by , during the main event of UFC on ESPN 1, on Sunday 17th February 2019 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Francis NGannou.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which meant there was no weight limit.
N’Gannou vs Velasquez stats
Francis NGannou stepped into the ring with a record of 12 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 4 by submission.
Cain Velasquez made his way to the ring with a record of 14 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 12 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Velasquez had advantage in power over N'Gannou, with a 86% knock out percentage over N'Gannou's 67%.
Francis NGannou was the younger man by 4 years, at 35 years old.
N'Gannou had a height advantage of 3 inches over Velasquez. That also extended to a 6-inch reach advantage.
N'Gannou was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 1 less fights, and made his debut in 2013, 7 year and 1 month later than Velasquez, whose first professional fight was in 2006. He had fought 2 less professional rounds, 29 to Velasquez's 31.
N’Gannou vs Velasquez form
Francis NGannou had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Curtis Blaydes at UFC Fight Night 141 on 24th November 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Cadillac Arena, Beijing, China.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Derrick Lewis at UFC 226 on 7th July 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Last Vegas, United States.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Stipe Miocic at UFC 220 on 20th January 2018 by unanimous decision in their UFC Heavyweight championship fight at TD Garden, Boston.
Before that, he had beat Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 on 2nd December 2017 by knockout in the 1st round at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit.
He had won against Andrei Arlovski at UFC on FOX 23 on 28th January 2017 by knockout in the 1st round at Pepsi Center, Denver.
N'Gannou's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 11 months and 25 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 30 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.2 rounds on average.