On Sunday, Feb. 17, the UFC will host its first card on the Worldwide Leader, ESPN. The fight card takes place from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.

In the night’s main event, former heavyweight title challenger Francis Ngannou welcomes former champion Cain Velasquez back to the Octagon. Ngannou got back in the win column in November with a 45-second destruction of Curtis Blaydes. Velasquez has been out of action for more than two years, most recently defeating Travis Browne inside the first round at UFC 200 in July of 2016.

Also on the card, lightweights Paul Felder and James Vick lock horns.



The 13-fight card kicks off with three preliminary-card bouts streaming live on ESPN+ at 5:30 p.m. ET. Four additional prelims follow on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET, with the six-fight main card airing at 9 p.m. ET, also on ESPN.

The fighter hit the scales on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Video of the action (courtesy of the UFC) appears above, while the results will appear below.

ESPN Main Card
Francis Ngannou (258) vs. Cain Velasquez (248)
James Vick (156) vs. Paul Felder (155.5)
Cortney Casey (116) vs. Cynthia Calvillo (116)
Alex Caceres (146) vs. Kron Gracie (146)
Vicente Luque (171) vs. Bryan Barberena (170.5)
Andre Fili (145.5) vs. Myles Jury (146)
ESPN Preliminary Card
Jimmie Rivera (135) vs. Aljamain Sterling (136)
Benito Lopez (135.5) vs. Manny Bermudez (140)*
Ashlee Evans-Smith (126) vs. Andrea Lee (125.5)
Scott Holtzman (156) vs. Nik Lentz (155.5)
ESPN+ Preliminary Card
Jessica Penne (118)^ vs. Jodie Esquibel (115.5)
Renan Barão (138)^ vs. Luke Sanders (135.5)
Alexandra Albu (114.5) vs. Emily Whitmire (116)

* – Bermudez was fined 30 percent of his fight purse for missing weight

^ – Penne and Barão were each fined 20 percent of their respective fight purses for missing weight

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