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 12-fight card kicks off with two 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.
Above is video of the event’s post-fight press conference (courtesy of the UFC) which kicks off approximately 30 minutes after the main event between Ngannou and Velasquez.
ESPN Main Card
Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez
James Vick vs. Paul Felder
Cortney Casey vs. Cynthia Calvillo
Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie
Vicente Luque vs. Bryan Barberena
Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury
ESPN Preliminary Card
Jimmie Rivera vs. Aljamain Sterling
Benito Lopez vs. Manny Bermudez
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Andrea Lee
Scott Holtzman vs. Nik Lentz
ESPN+ Preliminary Card
Renan Barão vs. Luke Sanders
Alexandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire
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