A key heavyweight tilt is heading into Las Vegas.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is stepping into the Octagon against One Time title challenger Francis Ngannou in UFC 239 in July. MMA Fighting confirmed a first report from ESPN on Friday afternoon.
Both heavy handed pugilists have been originally slated to square off in UFC 215 in September 2017 before a USADA breach forced dos Santos off of the card.
In terms of recent contest dos Santos (21-5) was last seen finishing Derrick Lewis using a second-round TKO in UFC Wichita earlier this past year. Prior to this, he earned a choice win over preceding WSOF champion Blagoy Ivanov followed closely by a violent TKO over Tai Tuivasa.
So far, dos Santos has ended 16 of the 21 victories, including 1-5 by (T)KO.
Ngannou (13-3) is coming off a crippling 26-second knockout over former champion Cain Velasquez in UFC Phoenix in February. Ahead of this, fans watched “The Predator” starch Curtis Blaydes in 4-5 seconds at UFC Beijing.
UFC 239 will go down July 6 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Nevada. With this addition, this is how the rest of the card stands: