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Cameroon and France’s Francis Ngannou earns 10th UFC win, knocks out Jairzinho Rozenstruik at ‘UFC 249’ in Jacksonville, Florida

Francis Ngannou (©UFC)

Francis Ngannou (©UFC)

Francis “The Predator” Ngannou, 33, of Batié, Cameroon and Paris, France was one of the winners at “UFC 249.” It was the 10th victory of the Cameroonian-French mixed martial artist in the MMA promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

Featuring 11 MMA matches, “UFC 249” took place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA on May 9, 2020. In the ninth bout of the evening, Ngannou fought Jairzinho “Bigi Boy” Rozenstruik, 32, of Paramaribo, Suriname in the heavyweight division.

Dan Miragliotta served as the referee. He put a stop to the heavyweight contest after 20 seconds in the first round when Ngannou knocked out Rozenstruik via punches.

It marked the first professional MMA loss of Rozenstruik. Ngannou is now riding a four-bout winning streak.

 

Competing professionally since 2013, Ngannou joined the UFC in 2015. The first nine opponents he defeated in the promotion were Luis Henrique Barbosa de Oliveira, Curtis Blaydes, Bojan Mihajlovic, Anthony Hamilton, Andrei Arlovski, Alistair Overeem, Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.

Winning at “UFC 249” improved the professional MMA record of Ngannou to 15 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Rozenstruik now has 10 wins and 1 loss.

Seven countries were represented at “UFC 249” namely were Brazil, Cameroon, Cape Verde, France, Russia, Suriname and the U.S. Ngannou was the sole representative of both Cameroon and France while Rozenstruik solely represented Suriname.

While almost all major international sports events have been either cancelled or postponed, the UFC held “UFC 249” amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As of May 9, 2020, the U.S. listed 1,346,354 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 80,007 died from a disease caused by the virus and 236,825 recovered from it.

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