This Sunday 6pm, UFC’s heavy-weight fight on ESPN 1 will feature CAIN VELASQUEZ from San Jose!
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- UFC on ESPN 1 takes place Sunday at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. The event airs on ESPN following early prelims on ESPN+.
The co-main event features two lightweights, James Vick and Paul Felder, who are looking to make the jump into the top 10 of the division with a win.
Cain Velasquez (14-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) returns to action for the first time since July 2016. Velasquez faces former title challenger Francis Ngannou.
The UFC brings its first main card to ESPN proper on Sunday with UFC on ESPN 1. In the main event, former two-time heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez returns to action for the first time since July 2016. Velasquez faces former title challenger Francis Ngannou.
This fight is a personal one for Velasquez. Not only was he raised in Arizona, he also won two state championships in high school wrestling and later attended Arizona State University where he was a two-time All-American. As for Ngannou, a win over a Velasquez would be a huge step toward getting back into the heavyweight title picture.
Each fighter in the main event faces a huge question.
For Velasquez, that question is, what will the former two-time champion look like after a layoff of 953 days?
We all know Velasquez is considered one of the best fighters to ever compete in the heavyweight division.
We also know he is regarded as one of the biggest “what ifs” in MMA history due to the number of injuries he’s dealt with over his career. Now 36, Velasquez, who hasn’t fought since he knocked out Travis Browne at UFC 200, will be under the microscope.
As for Ngannou, we know he could very well be the most powerful man in the heavyweight division. His eight knockout wins can attest to that. We also know that Ngannou (12-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) has looked like somewhat of a one-trick pony. In the two fights he’s lost in the UFC, he’s looked quite human when his punches failed to put his opponents away early. There’s absolutely no reason to believe that Velasquez (14-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC), who is a well-rounded fighter with a great gym behind him won’t have a game plan in place to negate Ngannou’s strength. And sure, Ngannou can tell us that he’s worked on his shortcomings, but he’s yet to show us any proof of those labors.