With MMA's lineal heavyweight champion taking on boxing's lineal heavyweight champion this Saturday, it's the perfect time to take a look back at the rise of Francis Ngannou before he steps in the ring with Tyson Fury.
Ngannou, whose incredible story of perseverance, spans across three continents, originally set out to be a boxer oddly enough.
However, after circumstances brought him to the MMA Factory in France, Ngannou ended up starting his professional combat sports career in mixed martial arts. Ngannou's rise hasn't been without his fair share of stumbles, but MMA's “Baddest Man on the Planet” has continued to prove his doubters wrong, all while providing us with some spectacular highlight-reel moments along the way.
With that in mind, below is a look back at his 10 greatest (and most vicious) knockouts that put Ngannou on the map.