Francis Ngannou (Rob Tatum/Combat Press)
UFC on ESPN 3 Results: Ngannou Demolishes Dos Santos, Benavidez Pounds Out Formiga
On Saturday, June 29, the UFC hosted its third card on ESPN from the Target Center in Minneapolis.
In the night’s main event, former heavyweight title challenger Francis Ngannou took on former champion Junior dos Santos. The power-punching Cameroon native Ngannou had scored back-to-back, sub-minute knockouts over Cain Velasquez and Curtis Blaydes. The Brazilian dos Santos had won three straight, including two straight stoppage wins over Derrick Lewis and Tai Tuivasa.
The action kicked off at 6 p.m. ET with six preliminary-card bouts airing on ESPN. The six-fight main card followed at 9 p.m. ET, also on ESPN.
Francis Ngannou def. Junior dos Santos by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:11
Joseph Benavidez def. Jussier Formiga by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:47
Demian Maia def. Anthony Rocco Martin by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Vinc Pichel def. Roosevelt Roberts by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Drew Dober def. Marco Polo Reyes by knockout (punches). Round 1, 1:07
Alonzo Menifield def. Paul Craig by knockout (punches). Round 1, 3:19
Ricardo Ramos def. Journey Newson by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Eryk Anders def. Vinicius Moreira by knockout (punches). Round 1, 1:18
Jared Gordon def. Dan Moret by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Dalcha Lungiambula def. Dequan Townsend by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 0:42
Amanda Ribas def. Emily Whitmire by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 2:10
Maurice Greene def. Júnior Albini by TKO (punches). Round 1, 3:38