In three trips to the Octagon, heavyweight Frenchman Francis Ngannou has established himself as someone with the kind of heavy hands that crush men’s spirits (besides knocking them out). Anthony Hamilton hits hard, too, but has lost about as many times as he’s won. Still, they’re heavyweights, and once upon a time that was the most exciting division, so perhaps tonight this co-main event will make us nostalgic for days of yore.
Hamilton isn’t too eager to engage in any slugfests with the KO artist, so he bides his time with constant movement and then a takedown attempt. They roll to standing, and when Hamilton tries to tie him up against the fence, Ngannou secures a standing kimura – what the hell? The two tumble to the ground, where Ngannou cranks the sub even further and elicits the tap.
Well, there’s a shock.
Results: Francis Ngannou def. Anthony Hamilton via Submission (Kimura) at 1:57, R1