UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs Velasquez Fight Card

UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs Velasquez Fight Card

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UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs Velasquez Fight Card


UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs Velasquez
Feb 17, 2018 
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UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs Velasquez Fight Card


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Fight Card Ranking (strength of card on paper based on our exclusive Pound for Pound fighter rankings)

8,386 – stacked card

UFC on FOX/ESPN card’s range between 8,400-6,400 points, with an average UFC on FOX card ranking 7,500


(click on fighter’s name for detailed scouting report)

(fighter ranking based on our exclusive Performance Based Ranking system – click fighter’s rank to check out the list)


Main Card (ESPN – 9:00 pm Eastern)

Heavyweights (five rounds):
Francis Ngannou  (12-3,  #5 ranked heavyweight) vs Cain Velasquez   (14-2,  #3 ranked heavyweight)

James Vick  (13-2,  #6 ranked lightweight) vs Paul Felder   (15-4,  #14 ranked lightweight)

Women’s Strawweights:
Cortney Casey   (8-6,  #17 ranked women’s strawweight) vs Cynthia Calvillo    (7-1, #4 ranked women’s strawweight)

Alex Caceres   (14-11, 1 NC, #25 ranked featherweight) vs Kron Gracie   (4-0)

Vicente Luque   (14-16-1, #13 ranked welterweight) vs Bryan Barberena   (14-5, #25 ranked welterweight)

Andre Fili   (18-6, #22 ranked featherweight) vs Myles Jury   (17-3, #17 ranked featherweight)


Prelims (ESPN – 7:00 pm Eastern)

Jimmie Rivera    (22-2, #5 ranked bantamweight) vs Aljamain Sterling   (16-3, #6 ranked bantamweight)

Benito Lopez   (9-0, #52 ranked bantamweight) vs Manny Bermudez  (13-0, #27 ranked bantamweight)

Women’s Flyweights:
Ashlee Evans-Smith    (6-3, #12 ranked women’s flyweight) vs Andrea Lee    (9-2, #25 ranked women’s flyweight)

Scott Holtzman   (12-2,  #28 ranked lightweight) vs Nik Lentz  (29-9-2, 1 NC, #20 ranked lightweight)


Early Prelims (ESPN+ – 5:30 pm Eastern)

Women’s Strawweights:
Jessica Penne   (12-5, #33 ranked women’s strawweight) vs Jodie Esquibel    (6-4, #34 ranked women’s strawweight)

Renan Barao   (34-7, 1 NC, #22 ranked bantamweight) vs Luke Sanders   (12-3, #45 ranked bantamweight)

Women’s Strawweights:
Aleksandra Albu   (3-0, #14 ranked women’s strawweight) vs Emily Whitmire   (3-2, #27 ranked women’s strawweight)


Betting Odds:

UFC on ESPN 1: Ngannou vs. Velasquez odds - BestFightOdds


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