Francis Ngannou vs Cain Velasquez is the hottest fight of the year so far. All set to take place at the inaugural UFC on ESPN, this has got the entire UFC fanbase excited. Francis vs Cain is the story of two of the biggest names in Mixed Martial Arts coming together to battle it out.
Velasquez is a legend of the UFC, having last fought at UFC 200 in 2016. On the other hand, we have Francis Ngannou, who also boasts of an impressive record in UFC. Let us take a closer look at Francis vs Cain and understand the bigger picture:
Francis Ngannou vs Cain Velasquez: Betting Odds and Predictions
Francis Ngannou vs Cain Velasquez is a battle of an aging superstar vs another established name in the company. At 36 and without having fought since 2016, Velasquez is an experienced warhorse – but might have gathered some ring-rust. However, at 32 and with a regular schedule with the UFC, Francis Ngannou is perhaps at the best form of his life. Ngannou vs Velasquez will be a battle between two of UFC’s best names.
Looking at the betting odds for Francis Ngannou vs Cain Velasquez, it looks like Velasquez is a strong favourite. As of this writing, Francis vs Cain betting odds stand at +141/-159. The same is the case on pretty much every betting platform where the odds of Francis stand in between +130 to +145 while Velasquez is a clear favourite with the odds ranging between -159 to -175.
Francis Ngannou vs Cain Velasquez: Stats
Francis Ngannou has a win-loss record of 12-3. Two of these losses came back to back and quite recently. However, after successive losses at UFC 220 and UFC 226, Francis Ngannou defeated Curtis Blaydes at UFC Fight Night 141 in November 2018.
Cain Velasquez has a win-loss record of 14-2. The last loss that Velasquez faced came in 2015 at the UFC 188 event. He has had only one match since then, at the UFC 200, which he won. Francis Ngannou vs Cain Velasquez is interesting because statistically speaking these are two equals. However, Velasquez has been around for much longer and comes after a hiatus of three years. This is the first of the four matches that Cain Velasquez has signed for.
Francis Ngannou vs Cain Velasquez: Stream Online, Card Info and Start Time
While heavyweights Francis Ngannou vs Cain Velasquez will headline the event, this card also features James Vick vs. Paul Felder in the lightweight category, Cortney Casey vs. Cynthia Calvillo in the women’s strawweight category, Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie and Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury fighting in the featherweight category, Vicente Luque vs. Bryan Barberena battling it out in the welterweight category. There are seven other matches in the prelims/early preliminary category as well.
The main card for UFC on ESPN begins at around 9 pm ET on the 17th of February, 2019. However, those willing to watch the event from the preliminary matches can start watching at 5:30 pm ET.
For those who want to watch Francis Ngannou vs Cain Velasquez stream online, you can log on to ESPN+ for the entire event. Moreover, in the US and the UK, viewers can simply turn on their TV and watch it at the scheduled time slots.