UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on February 17, 2019 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, United States
The new breed faces the slightly older breed inside Talking Stick Resort & Casino in Phoenix, Ariz., this Sunday (Feb. 17, 2019) when Francis Ngannou welcomes Cain Velasquez back to the Octagon after 2.5 years away.
ESPN viewers will also get to see James Vick square off with Paul Felder and the Octagon debut of grappling great Kron Gracie, who takes on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) fan favorite Alex Caceres.
The bout is an anticipated one in that it may decide the next contender for the UFC heavyweight title. But that could be stretch considering Velasquez is champion Daniel Cormier’s good friend and teammate. Even if Ngannou won and was potentially in line for the shot, it’s fully possible Cormier faces Stipe Miocic or Brock Lesnar instead.
That’s all for the UFC to sort out after the fight, however. For now, the focus is on Velasquez’ return in the city where he wrestled at Arizona State in college. Like last weekend’s UFC 234, the card is a top-heavy one without much undercard depth due to the UFC’s nonstop early 2019 schedule.
UFC on ESPN 1 Main Event:
Cain Velasquez vs. Francis Ngannou
UFC on ESPN 1 Main Card (ESPN):
Paul Felder vs. James Vick
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Cortney Casey
Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie
Bryan Barberena vs. Vicente Luque
Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury
UFC on ESPN 1 Prelims (ESPN):
Jimmie Rivera vs. Aljamain Sterling – 135 lbs
Manny Bermudez vs. Benito Lopez – 135 lbs
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Andrea Lee – 125 lbs
Scott Holtzman vs. Nik Lentz – 155 lbs