Shaquille O’Neal is a big big guy. He is 7-foot-1-inch and 325 pounds. Previously, ‘The Predator’ Francis Ngannou attempted and succeeded in lifting Shaquille O’Neal. Even the 6-foot-4 Ngannou was dwarfed by the 7-foot-tall basketball sensation. The astonishment was real, though, when Ngannou became the first man to lift the giant.
O’Neal himself confesses that it hasn’t been done very often, making it appear as though it’s impossible to effortlessly pick up the basketball legend. Shaq was recently lifted off his feet by UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili. The Instagram upload of the footage garnered a ton of appreciation for the female strawweight champion in the comments section.
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“That’s Next Level Strength,” said one fan among the hundreds that were in awe of her insane strength. Even Shaq was shocked when he realized his feet were above ground for a while. Recently, in the co-main event of UFC 292 at the TD Garden in Boston, Zhang Weili defeated Amanda Lemos by unanimous decision to demonstrate that she is the finest women’s strawweight in the world.
Weili Zhang also lifted heavyweight Francis Ngannou with ease
Francis Ngannou, who weighed close to 300 pounds, was propelled into the air by Zhang Weili. For reference, Weili, a strawweight champion who stands at 5’4″, weighs around 185 pounds less than the gigantic heavyweight at the moment. Ngannou at first forbade her from trying out for fear that she may suffer harm; he said, “No, don’t get hurt, you have to fight. After you fight, yeah.”
I can’t believe that @zhangweilimma just picked me up like I wasn’t 293lbs 😳
I didn’t want her to do it I was scared of her hurting her back and was trying to explain this to her….then found myself suddenly up in the air.
Her strength ratio is through the roof 📈 pic.twitter.com/smhsP9H91u
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) November 3, 2022
Ngannou finally yielded after some back and forth with Zhang and a bystander who told him that the Chinese fighter was a “strong girl,” to his astonishment. The 33-year-old delivered a fake punch before flying in for a single-leg takedown and lifting Ngannou into the air with no effort before dumping him back on the floor.
“I can’t believe that Zhang Weili just picked me up like I wasn’t 293 lbs. I didn’t want her to do it [because] I was scared of her hurting her back and was trying to explain this to her… Then, found myself suddenly up in the air. Her strength ratio is through the roof,” Ngannou said later.
Zhang’s incredible power caused “The Predator” to giggle in disbelief, and he subsequently posted a video of the encounter to social media. Zhang, who is often dubbed as “Magnum,” won the title for the first time in August 2019 when she defeated Jessica Andrade in under a minute. She then successfully defended her title against Joanna Jedrzejczyk in one of the best-ever fights.