The third UFC on ESPN event is set to take place this Saturday, June 29, in Minnesota. Preliminary action gets underway at 6 pm on ESPN before the main card commences at 9 pm on ESPN, as well.
The main event of the evening is a highly-anticipated heavyweight bout featuring two of the hardest hitting big guys in the promotion today.
Francis Ngannou is clawing his way back to another title shot. A win over Junior dos Santos will likely put him next in line for a fight against the winner of Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic.
Former champion Junior dos Santos has managed to string three wins together after a failed title shot against Miocic in May 2017. Much like Ngannou, a win here would allow him another opportunity to win back the title.
You can view the entire UFC Minneapolis fight card below, as well as the betting odds and fight card updates.
UFC Minneapolis Fight Card and Odds
Main Card (9 pm ET on ESPN)
- Francis Ngannou (-215) vs. Junior dos Santos (+195)
- Jussier Formiga (+120) vs. Joseph Benavidez (-130)
- Demian Maia (-170) vs. Rocco Martin (+160)
- Roosevelt Roberts (-260) vs. Vinc Pichel (+240)
- Drew Dober (-330) vs. Marco Polo Reyes (+300)
- Alonzo Menifield (-260) vs. Paul Craig (+240)
Prelims (6 pm ET on ESPN)
- Ricardo Ramos (-345) vs. Journey Newson (+315)
- Eryk Anders (-295) vs. Vinicius Moreira (+265)
- Jared Gordon (-310) vs. Dan Moret (+280)
- Dalcha Lungiambula (-320) vs. Dequan Townsend (+290)
- Emily Whitmire (-170) vs. Amanda Ribas (+160)
- Maurice Greene (-110) vs. Junior Albini (+100)
UFC Minneapolis Fight Card Updates
The UFC Minneapolis fight card has gone through some major changes in the weeks leading up to the event.
Former champions Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler were initially scheduled as the main event of the evening, but an injury kept Woodley from competing at the event and the fight was canceled as a result. The UFC then moved the heavyweight clash between Francis Ngannou and Junior dos Santos from the upcoming UFC 239 event to the main event slot of UFC Minneapolis to fill in the gaps.
Four other fighters experienced injuries preceding the event. Roman Dolidze, Chas Skelly, Justin Ledet, and Sergio Pettis all reported injuries and were removed from UFC Minneapolis.
Eryk Anders accepted a short-notice fight against Vinicius Moreira and replaced Roman Dolidze. Anders explained the reasoning for his quick turnaround in a recent interview with The Body Lock’s John Hyon Ko.
Chas Skelly’s injury allowed Vince Murdock to step in and replace him in a matchup with Jordan Griffin. After a dreadful 2018, Murdock was finally set to compete in the UFC for the first time. However, on Friday, June 28, Murdock released news that he was unable to compete at the event because he was not medically cleared in time.
Dequan Townsend will step in to replace Justin Ledet against Daicha Lungiambula. It’ll be Townsend’s first fight with the UFC after previously competing with Total Warrior Combat in his last two bouts.
It’s also Journey Newson’s UFC debut this weekend, as he replaces Sergio Pettis against Ricardo Ramos. He joins the promotion on a six-fight winning streak.
After UFC Minneapolis, the UFC heads to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the stacked UFC 239 pay-per-view event on Saturday, July 6.
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.