UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez will take place on Sunday, February 17 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.
This will be the first time the main card will be on ESPN. The card features a main event where Cain Velasquez makes his long-awaited return to the octagon after battling through injuries and being inactive since July 2016. Velasquez is a former heavyweight champion and will look to take out the ever dangerous, Francis Ngannou.
Another match to be excited for is James Vick vs Paul Felder and the highly anticipated, Kron Gracie makes his UFC debut. The early prelims start at 3:30pm MT on ESPN+ and the prelims will be on ESPN starting at 5:00pm MT. The main card is also on ESPN and starts at 7:00pm MT.
Check our staff predictions for UFC Phoenix below:
Main Card (ESPN)
Francis Ngannou def. Cain Velasquez via KO in round 1, (0:26)
Paul Felder def. James Vick via unanimous decision, (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Cynthia Calvillo def. Cortney Casey via unanimous decision, (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Kron Gracie def. Alex Caceres via submission in round 1, (2:06)
Vicente Luque def. Bryan Barberena via TKO in round 3, (4:54)
Andre Fili def. Myles Jury via unanimous decision, (29-28 x3)
Aljamain Sterling def. Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision, (30-27 x3)
Manny Bermudez def. Benito Lopez via submission in round 1, (3:09)
Andrea Lee def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via unanimous decision, (30-27 x3)
Nik Lentz def. Scott Holtzman via unanimous decision, (29-28 x 3)
Early Prelims (ESPN+)
Luke Sanders def. Renan Barao via TKO in round 2, (1:01)
Emily Whitmire def. Aleksandra Albu via submission in round 1, (1:01)