Cain Velasquez vs. Francis Ngannou to Main Event UFC Phoenix
Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will return to the Octagon for the first time since UFC 200 to battle Francis Ngannou at UFC Phoenix on February 17.
Velasquez (14-2) has not competed since July of 2016 due to injuries. He’s coming off of a first-round TKO victory over Travis Browne at UFC 200. Velasquez holds notable Octagon wins over Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Brock Lesnar, Bigfoot Silva (x2), and Junior dos Santos (x2).
Ngannou (12-3) is coming off of a first-round knockout win over Curtis Blaydes last month. “The Predator” has defeated the likes of Blaydes (x2), Andrei Arlovski, and Alistair Overeem since joining the UFC in December of 2015.