UFC Fight Night Live Stream: Francis Ngannou vs. Junior dos Santos: Start time, odds, live stream, Live Fight Card, and more Info.
If there was ever a main event in which MMA fans could outright expect nothing but hand-to-hand combat and the guarantee that the trio of judges won’t be needed, look no further than Francis Ngannou vs. Junior dos Santos. Headlining Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card from Minneapolis (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET) is the heavyweight tilt that was moved up one week from its original placement on the loaded UFC 239 card on July 6 in Las Vegas. The matchup certainly has plenty at stake considering the winner could very well be granted a title shot, though that doesn’t mean either slugger intends to do anything but entertain.
Longtime UFC heavyweight contender Junior dos Santos (21-5) rarely loses, but when he does, he goes down dramatically. The Brazilian’s two losses to Cain Velasquez, in 2012 and 2013, were bloody, one-sided maulings that together lasted nearly 50 minutes and probably took years off dos Santos’ career. And his second-round knockout loss to Alistair Overeem in 2015 came as the result of a winging left hook he really should have seen coming (and probably would have in his pre-Velasquez glory days). Francis Ngannou (13-3), meanwhile, seems to do his best work against fighters who beat up dos Santos. He was able to crumple the former heavyweight champion Velasquez in just 25 seconds. And in 2017 he very nearly took Overeem’s head off with an uppercut that seemed to come from off the cover of a comic book.
Luckily for Junior dos Santos, and contrary to popular belief, there’s no transitive law in fighting. Just because A beats B and B beats C, that doesn’t mean A will necessarily topple C. As former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman said after knocking out Joe Frazier for a second time in 1976, “I could fight [Muhammad] Ali a hundred times, he would beat me a hundred times. I could fight Joe a hundred times, I would knock him out a hundred times. And yet Ali and Frazier could fight each other a hundred times and it would be life and death every single time.” Don’t be seduced by combat sports math, Foreman warns: Inside the ring, style is king.