In an aging heavyweight division, few prospects have emerged in the last few years. The youngest current top 10 in the division is 32 year old Junior dos Santos, who has 22 fights and a lot of miles on his body.
Francis Ngannou may not be as young as prized UFC up-and-comers, like Sage Northcutt or Paige Van Zant, but his promise could surpass both of them. In just 2 UFC fights, he's finished 2 fellow heavyweights within 2 rounds. Included in that is a brutal beat down of Curtis Blaydes that resulted in a closed right eye and a doctor's stoppage. The 6'4" 250 lb Frenchman isn't just heavy hands though (although those hands are VERY heavy). He holds claim to 3 submission victories, including this standing guillotine, along with the 4 KO's in his win column. His only decision in his 8 professional fights was also his only loss back in December of 2013.
Not only does he posses the talent of a potential future star, but he has the looks of a PPV cash cow. His body type is more in line with a bodybuilder or power-lifter than an MMA heavyweight. Maybe only Brock Lesnar LOOKS more intimidating within the UFC Heavyweight division.
Ngannou will face off against relative unknown Bojan Mihajlovic at UFC on FOX 20 this weekend in Chicago. Putting him on FOX, which is regularly the promotion's most watched platform, is a sure sign that the UFC is also excited about the 29 year old. He will carry a 7-1 record with him into the Octagon this weekend and maybe, if he continues to impress, the future of the UFC Heavyweight division.