UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. dos Santos

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UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. dos Santos
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJune 29, 2019 (2019-06-29)
VenueTarget Center
CityMinneapolis, Minnesota
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Moicano vs. Korean Zombie UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. dos Santos UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos

UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. dos Santos (also known as UFC on ESPN 3) is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on June 29, 2019 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[1][2][3]


The event will mark the promotion's third visit to Minneapolis and first since UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot in October 2012.[3]

A welterweight rematch between former UFC Welterweight Champions Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler was expected to serve as the event headliner.[4] Woodley won the title in their first encounter via first round knockout in July 2016 at UFC 201.[5] However, it was reported on May 16, 2019 that Woodley suffered a hand injury and was pulled from the fight. It is unknown at the moment if a replacement will be sought.[6] Nevertheless, a heavyweight bout between former UFC Heavyweight title challenger Francis Ngannou and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos has been scheduled as the event headliner instead. The pairing has been scheduled twice before, first at UFC 215 and then again at UFC 239 but in both instances the fights were scrapped at the time.[7][8]

A light heavyweight bout between Roman Dolidze and Vinicius Moreira was scheduled at the event. However, an unknown reason saw Dolidze pull out of the fight on May 7, 2019 and he was replaced by Eryk Anders.[9]

Fight card[edit]

Main card (ESPN)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Francis Ngannou vs. Junior dos Santos
Flyweight Jussier Formiga vs. Joseph Benavidez
Welterweight Demian Maia vs. Anthony Rocco Martin
Lightweight Roosevelt Roberts vs. Vinc Pichel
Lightweight Drew Dober vs. Marco Polo Reyes
Light Heavyweight Alonzo Menifield vs. Paul Craig
Preliminary card
Bantamweight Sergio Pettis vs. Ricardo Ramos
Light Heavyweight Eryk Anders vs. Vinicius Moreira
Featherweight Chas Skelly vs. Jordan Griffin
Lightweight Jared Gordon vs. Dan Moret
Light Heavyweight Dalcha Lungiambula vs. Justin Ledet
Women's Strawweight Emily Whitmire vs. Amanda Ribas
Heavyweight Maurice Greene vs. Junior Albini


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tristen Critcfield. "UFC Unveils Complete Second Quarter Schedule for 2019". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  2. ^ MMA Fighting Newswire (2019-03-03). "UFC announces dates for second quarter of 2019". mmafighting. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  3. ^ a b Staff (2018-03-04). "UFC announces new May-June events including Rochester, Greenville, Minneapolis". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  4. ^ Brett Okamoto (2019-03-27). "Woodley-Lawler to highlight June 29 Fight Night". espn.com. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  5. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-07-31). "UFC 201 results: Tyron Woodley blasts Robbie Lawler to win welterweight title with KO". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  6. ^ Andrew Ravens (2019-05-17). "Tyron Woodley Pulls Out Of UFC Minneapolis Headliner". lowkick.com. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  7. ^ Brett Okamoto (2019-05-21). "Sources: dos Santos-Ngannou moved to June 29". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  8. ^ Morgan, John (2017-08-18). "Junior Dos Santos notified of potential doping violation, pulled from UFC 215". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  9. ^ Marcel Dorff. ""Ya Boi" Eryk Anders takes short notice fight against Vinicius Moreira during UFC Minneapolis". mmadna.com. Retrieved 2019-05-07.(in Dutch)
  10. ^ "UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Lawler". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2019-04-11.