Francis Ngannou

Expect some fireworks at UFC 249 this Saturday night when heavyweights Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik step foot inside the Octagon.

The two are part of the return UFC card set for the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. The main card airs live on ESPN+ pay-per-view.

In the headline bout, Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje meet for the interim UFC lightweight title. The co-main boasts Henry Cejudo defending his bantamweight gold against former champion Dominick Cruz.

Francis Ngannou

A former UFC heavyweight title challenger, Francis Ngannou has rebounded nicely from a pair of 2018 losses to score three consecutive wins.

Ngannou fell to Stipe Miocic for the title back at UFC 220 in January 2018 and dropped another decision to Derrick Lewis a few months later at UFC 226.

Late that year, though, he rebounded to finish Curtis Blaydes in 45 seconds and earn Performance of the Night honors. In 2019, Ngannou stopped Cain Velasquez in just 26 seconds and finished off the year by besting his second straight former UFC champion with a finish of Junior dos Santos in just 71 seconds.

Overall, Ngannou sits at 14-3 with 10 knockout and four more submission wins on his resume.

Jairzinho Rozenstruik

The 32-year-old Jairzinho Rozenstruik from Suriname continues his step up in competition with Ngannou, a former UFC title contender.

It marks the third consecutive fight vs. either a former champion or contender, and yet, Rozenstruik is still unbeaten.

Last year, he earned a 29-second finish of former UFC titleholder Andrei Arlovski in New York City. Rozenstruik followed that up by topping Alistair Overeem, ending the contest with four seconds left in the fifth round.

UFC 249 Fight Card

MAIN CARD (ESPN+ Pay-Per-View)

Interim UFC Lightweight Championship
Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje

UFC Bantamweight Championship
Henry Cejudo (c) vs. Dominick Cruz

Heavyweight: Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Featherweight: Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar

Heavyweight: Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro


Welterweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis

Heavyweight: Alexey Oleinik vs. Fabricio Werdum

Strawweight: Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson

Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza


Welterweight: Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price

Featherweight: Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa

Light Heavyweight: Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey

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