Dana White Confirmed that former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez set for Octagon return against Francis Ngannou
Earlier this month ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported a news that former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will make his long-awaited Octagon return against former title challenger Francis Ngannou. The fight will headline promotion’s first card on ESPN 1, which takes place on February 17, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona.
This Friday ESPN’s Brett Okamoto confirmed the matchup after having a word with UFC head honcho Dana White.
Breaking: Dana White confirms Cain Velasquez vs. Francis Ngannou will headline UFC Fight Night on Feb. 17 in Phoenix.
Breaking: Dana White confirms Cain Velasquez vs. Francis Ngannou will headline UFC Fight Night on Feb. 17 in Phoenix. pic.twitter.com/4x83IrosOB
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) December 22, 2018
Cain Velasquez last fought inside the Octagon at UFC 200 in July of 2016, where he scored a win over Travis Browne via first-round knockout. Before that, Velasquez lost his heavyweight title to Fabricio Werdum after “Vai Cavalo” submitted him via (guillotine choke) at UFC 188 back in June of 2015.
American Kickboxing Academy product Velasquez is considered one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. He struggled to remain active; however, a multitude of injuries limited his appearance inside the Octagon. Currently he also a new four-fight contract with the promotion.
Ngannou (12-3) snapped two-fight losing streak when he scored a vicious 45-second knockout win over Curtis Blaydes in the main event of UFC Beijing on Nov. 24. After his lackluster performance against Derrick Lewis at UFC 226, fans were beginning to question whether a native of Cameroon had lost his mojo, but ‘The Predator’ proved everyone wrong when he knockout Blaydes.
Share your thought between Velasquez and Ngannou who’ll come out victorious?