Blaydes-Ngannou Headline UFC’s Return To China
Marking a week where the UFC announced plans for a Performance Institute in Beijing, the MMA brand leader brings their latest fight night card back to China.
Headlining the event is a rematch between two of the best prospects at heavyweight, Curtis Blaydes and Francis Ngannou.
Ngannou dropped Blaydes in their first encounter in 2016, when the doctor stopped their fight. Ever since that April showdown in Croatia, both fighters have seen an opposite track. Blaydes has remained in title contention winning five of his last six fights (one win turned into a no-contest due to testing positive for Marijuana), as Ngannou would have his ten-fight undefeated streak stalled with two straight losses, one to then UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 220, the other a historically mediocre performance against Derrick Lewis at UFC 226.
In the co-main event, Alistair Overeem returns to the Octagon, looking to end a two-fight losing streak (losses to both Blaydes and Ngannou) as he faces undefeated Sergey Pavlovich, who makes his UFC debut.
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 a.m. ET)
Curtis Blaydes vs. Francis Ngannou
Alistair Overeem vs. Sergey Pavlovich
Li Jingliang vs. David Zawada
Vincent Morales vs. Song Yadong
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3:15 a.m. ET)
Alex Morono vs. Song Kenan
Lauren Mueller vs. Wu Yanan
Rashad Coulter vs. Hu Yaozong
Jessica Aguilar vs. Weili Zhang
Martin Day vs. Liu Pingyuan
Syuri Kondo vs. Yan Xiaonan
Kevin Holland vs. John Phillips
Louis Smolka vs. Sumudaerji Sumudaerji