With both Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes heading in very different directions in terms of recent momentum, Ngannou flipped the script on Saturday with a knockout of his opponent inside one minute of the opening bell.

Ngannou had spoken earlier in the week that the devastating striker was back to his best after a disappointing two-fight skid and the Cameroonian-French fighter proved as much in convincing style.

Elsewhere there was a much-needed win for Alistair Overeem as he prevented promotional debutant Sergei Pavlovich from a career-best win; Song Yadong showcased why he is a name to look out for in the bantamweight division and Li Jingliang put on another exciting display before a third-round stoppage.

As we look forward to two UFC events next weekend, here are five fights that the UFC should look to make with the big winners of the promotion’s first event from Beijing, China:

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