UFC news: Francis Ngannou lifting up Shaquille O'Neal like he's nothing

  • Alex Batt

To make it in UFC you have to be pretty strong, that much is a given. 

But to make it in the UFC heavyweight division, you almost have to be a different breed of competitor altogether, and that is certainly what Francis Ngannou is.

The 33-year-old, who is currently ranked the second best heavyweight in UFC, only behind Daniel Cormier, has posted a recent video of an encounter he had with basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal.

The two were clearly working out in the same gym when they spotted each other, and before long, the heavyweight master was lifting up O’Neal like he was absolutely nothing.

You’ve got to remember, Shaq is over seven foot tall and weighs around 23 stone. However, Ngannou lifted him up with great ease like he was a small child.

Posting the video on his official Twitter account a few days ago, the Cameroonian-French said: “@Shaq you’re not so heavy as I thought that’s probably why you could fly on the court.”

Unsurprisingly, the short clip has since garnered over 300,000 views and has been liked over 16,000 times.

For Ngannou, his current professional record stands at 14 wins and three losses, with his defeats coming at the hands of Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis in UFC, as well as Zoumana Cisse in just his second professional fight.

However, he has beaten the likes of Alistair Overeem, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.

What’s next for the heavyweight is unknown, with the coronavirus pandemic basically stopping all sport in its tracks.

Despite Dana White being adamant on continuing UFC on ‘Fight Island’, it seems that a lot of work needs to be done in order to get the show on the road.

We sadly lost UFC 249 this past weekend which was originally meant to play host to Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson.

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