Report: Curtis Blaydes vs. Francis Ngannou Set For UFC Beijing

A truly massive heavyweight showdown is reportedly set for UFC Beijing.

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Curtis Blaydes vs. Francis Ngannou is reportedly set for the UFC’s first foray into Beijing.

Sources told ESPN that the fight will headline the event on November 24, 2018. Both camps have agreed to the fight.

The bout is also a rematch of their 2016 fight which Ngannou won by TKO via doctor’s stoppage.

The surging “Razor” comes into the bout off of by far his biggest win. He finished former title challenger Alistair Overeem via brutal TKO at UFC 225 earlier this year. Blaydes has won five of his six UFC bouts since. The lone blemish was a no contest in his original TKO win over Milstead. That result was overturned when Blaydes tested positive for cannabis.

Ngannou, meanwhile, will come into the fight off a concerning two-fight skid. The once-touted challenger was on top of the MMA world as recently as this January. He knocked out Overeem with one of the more brutal uppercuts MMA has ever seen to earn a shot at then-champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 220. Miocic proceeded to throttle Ngannou over the course of five rounds.

He then went on to face Derrick Lewis in one of the summer’s most anticipated fights at UFC 226 in July. The bout was one of the most jaw-droppingly boring fights in UFC heavyweight history. Ngannou lost by unanimous decision to put his future in question.

“The Predator” had knocked out or submitted six straight foes prior to the losing streak.

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Curtis Blaydes vs. Francis Ngannou Reported for 11/24 in China

In an unexpected heavyweight booking, Curtis Blaydes will reportedly be returning to action this fall as requested but not against the opponent he had in mind According to Ariel Helwani of ESPN, Curtis Blaydes and Francis Ngannou will face off on 11/24…

In an unexpected heavyweight booking, Curtis Blaydes will reportedly be returning to action this fall as requested but not against the opponent he had in mind According to Ariel Helwani of ESPN, Curtis Blaydes and Francis Ngannou will face off on 11/24 in Beijing China instead. Curtis Blaydes has been lobbying for a fight with […]

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Derrick Lewis Believes Francis Ngannou Looked Scared at UFC 226

Derrick Lewis believes Francis Ngannou had fear in his eyes when they fought last month. In the co-main event of UFC 226, Lewis and Ngannou shared the Octagon inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a highly anticipated heavyweight tilt …

Derrick Lewis believes Francis Ngannou had fear in his eyes when they fought last month. In the co-main event of UFC 226, Lewis and Ngannou shared the Octagon inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a highly anticipated heavyweight tilt as both fighters have thunderous knockout power and had some bad blood […]

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Derrick Lewis Knew When Francis Ngannou Was “Scared” At UFC 226

Did “The Black Beast” have Ngannou shook?

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Derrick Lewis believes Francis Ngannou was scared when they fought each other at UFC 226 last month.

Lewis and Ngannou’s heavyweight meeting was one of the most anticipated fights of the year. The two are proven finishers and some of the most fierce competitors the division has to offer. Many were expecting an all-out bomb fest when they took center Octagon.

Instead, mixed martial arts (MMA) fans received what many are calling the worst heavyweight fight in UFC history. Neither man pushed the action and had minimal offense.

When it was all said and done, Lewis was awarded the decision win. “The Black Beast” wasn’t too surprised by the Frenchman’s reluctance to engage. He recently told Luke Thomas on ‘The MMA Hour’ that he saw fear in his adversary’s eyes before the bout got underway (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“To me, whenever he stepped inside the Octagon, he looked scared from the get-go,” Lewis said.

“He wasn’t the same guy that I saw at the weigh-ins. Like, his facial expressions and his emotions and everything, it wasn’t the same.

“So all of that right there, that threw me off in the fight too, because I didn’t believe that he was really that scared of me, but the look in his eyes, it really did show that he was scared.”

Ngannou was likely shaken up by his last outing against then-UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. The Frenchman was unable to finish the Cleveland native. He exhausted himself early in the fight and was handled by Miocic for the majority of the fight.

This likely prompted Ngannou to take a far more conservative approach against a man with Lewis’ knockout pedigree:

“I was confused too, I tried to make him engage,” Lewis said. “I did a couple of things to try to make him engage, and he just wouldn’t do it.

“I tried to do a little bit more than him and it just was weird to me too, the whole fight, so I don’t know – I don’t know what was going on.

“I believe he was scared of taking a shot.”

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Quote: We’ll See If Francis Ngannou Ever Gets Back On Track

Will Francis Ngannou ever return to his once-feared form?

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The MMA world is waiting to see if Francis Ngannou ever gets back on track.

The recent UFC title contender was the talk of the sport as recently as last December’s UFC 218. There, he bludgeoned longtime veteran Alistair Overeem with one of the most iconic uppercut knockouts in history.

It was a win that propelled him to a title shot against then-champion Stipe Miocic at January’s UFC 220. A one-sided decision loss derailed “The Predator’s” hype train, however, things got much worse. Ngannou signed on to fight Derrick Lewis at July’s UFC 226. Losing a second straight bout, he appeared scared to even throw in one of the worst heavyweight fights of all-time.

After the loss, UFC President Dana White was quick to take Ngannou to task for supposedly letting his ego get out of control. White recently opened up about the scenario on the ‘UFC Unfiltered’ podcast (via MMAjunkie):

“Francis Ngannou at the time he was coming up, I believed this guy was going to be the guy, was going to be the heavyweight champion. He lost his mind. This guy completely lost his mind and started to act – I don’t know – in a way you just don’t act.

“I completely saw it coming. Obviously Francis Ngannou is a massive, strong, hard-hitting guy, and anything can happen when he gets in there, but Stipe had this thing where he feels completely disrespected. This guy’s always on fire and pissed off at the world and pissed off at us. I saw that coming. I knew he was going (to win).”

White detailed a scene where Ngannou was so sure he was going to dethrone Miocic. The UFC exec claimed he actually left the UFC Performance Institute to go train in France:

“Francis Ngannou left the training center here (in Las Vegas) where he trained for previous fights, took off to France, was in France training or doing whatever he was doing leading up to the Stipe fight because he absolutely, positively knew he was going to be beat Stipe.”

White then closed on the subject by posing the question if Ngannou would ever be able to make it back to the position he enjoyed months ago:

“Ngannou has a lot – I don’t know – he has a lot of things he needs to fix personally and professionally. We’ll see if he ever gets back on track again.”

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Dana White Questions Francis Ngannou’s Mindset

UFC President Dana White is not as strong of a believer in heavyweight star Francis Ngannou as he once was. As seen in the co-main event of UFC 226 pay-per-view event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Derrick Lewis was able to pick up a unani…

UFC President Dana White is not as strong of a believer in heavyweight star Francis Ngannou as he once was. As seen in the co-main event of UFC 226 pay-per-view event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Derrick Lewis was able to pick up a unanimous decision win over the former title contender. […]

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