MMA Preview – Francis Ngannou vs Junior dos Santos at UFC on ESPN 3

THE FACTS

When is UFC on ESPN 3? Sunday 30th June, 2019 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on ESPN 3? Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

What channel is UFC on ESPN 3 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC on ESPN 3? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live and you can take advantage of a free trial with ESPN+ and subscribe now by clicking here!

Are tickets still available for UFC on ESPN 3? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The two most devastating hitters in MMA finally meet to headline the UFC on ESPN 3 card. Francis ‘The Predator’ Ngannou and Junior ‘Cigano’ dos Santos return to separate each other from consciousness and move one step closer to another heavyweight title shot.

Ngannou is back to his old predatory self after losing his first two UFC fights last year. The champion at the time, Stipe Miocic, put on a clinic to stifle Ngannou earning a dominant decision win as well as ripping out his confidence. Ngannou went on to fight Derrick Lewis but both sluggers were hesitant to throw anything, creating one of the most anticlimactic fights in memory.

However, Ngannou bounced back and applied his kiss of death to two of the best wrestlers in the division, Curtis Blaydes and Cain Velasquez, but will now welcome a fellow Boxer to the dance.

Dos Santos is not only one of the most powerful but one of the most technical boxers in the division. The former champion has been in there with the very best which means he has absorbed a serious amount of damage over the years but is in fine form with three wins in a row. He outclassed Blagoy Ivanov in a decision and knocked out Tai Tuivasa and Lewis in vintage fashion.

THE PREDICTION

This fight has the same anticipation as the Ngannou vs Lewis edition but will surely live up to expectation. Ngannou has his mojo back and dos Santos never hesitates to pull the trigger and, with a potential title shot on the line, leather will be exchanged.

It is safe to say five rounds will not be required. They are top-of-the-food-chain strikers and have the power to turn the lights off with one strike, it will only be a matter of time before one of these beasts connects. ‘Cigano’ is better technically and considerably more well-rounded but that will count for nothing when ‘The Predator’ lands.

Winner: Ngannou via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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