UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez

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UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez
The poster for UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateFebruary 17, 2019 (2019-02-17)
VenueTalking Stick Resort Arena
CityPhoenix, Arizona
Event chronology
UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos

UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez (also known as UFC on ESPN 1) is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on February 17, 2019 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, United States.[1]


A heavyweight bout between former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez and former title challenger Francis Ngannou has been tabbed to serve as the event headliner.[2][3]

As a result of the cancellation of UFC 233, fights between Cortney Casey and Cynthia Calvillo, James Vick and Paul Felder, Benito Lopez and Manny Bermudez and Aleksandra Albu and Emily Whitmire respectively, were rescheduled for this event.[4][5]

A women's flyweight bout between former Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Lauren Murphy and Ashlee Evans-Smith was expected to take place at the event. However on December 19, Murphy announced she will need more time off to recover from surgery and won't make it to this event.[6] On December 20, it was reported that Andrea Lee will replace Murphy against Evans-Smith.[7]

Fight card[edit]

Main Card (ESPN)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez
Lightweight James Vick vs. Paul Felder
Women's Strawweight Cortney Casey vs. Cynthia Calvillo
Featherweight Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie
Welterweight Vicente Luque vs. Bryan Barberena
Featherweight Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury
Preliminary Card (ESPN)
Bantamweight Jimmie Rivera vs. Aljamain Sterling
Bantamweight Benito Lopez vs. Manny Bermudez
Women's Flyweight Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Andrea Lee
Lightweight Scott Holtzman vs. Nik Lentz
Early Preliminary Card (ESPN+)
Bantamweight Renan Barão vs. Luke Sanders
Women's Strawweight Jessica Penne vs. Jodie Esquibel
Women's Strawweight Aleksandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Staff (2018-11-04). "UFC announces 2019 first quarter schedule: ESPN debut Jan. 19 in Brooklyn". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  2. ^ Staff (2018-12-13). "Francis Ngannou vs. ex-champ Cain Velasquez in the works for UFC on ESPN 1 headliner". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  3. ^ Staff (2019-01-15). "UFC on ESPN 1 lineup set, features 10 bouts on ESPN". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  4. ^ Staff (2018-12-12). "Multiple UFC 233 fights get new dates, locations after Jan. 26 card scratched". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  5. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-12-13). "Many battles of canceled UFC 233 card moved to other events". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-12-13. (in Dutch)
  6. ^ Newswire (2018-12-19). "Lauren Murphy withdraws from UFC on ESPN fight vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith to recover from surgery". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  7. ^ Mike Heck (2018-12-20). "Andrea Lee in for Lauren Murphy vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith at UFC on ESPN 1". mymmanews.com. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  8. ^ "UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2018-12-07.