UFC Fight Night: Francis Ngannou Vs Junior Dos Santos


Francis Ngannou
Francis Ngannou
13-3-0
9:00 pm ET, Saturday, June 29, 2019
Target Center, Minneapolis United States
Junior Dos Santos
Junior Dos Santos
21-5-0
TV: ESPN, TSN
UFC Fight Night: Francis Ngannou Vs Junior Dos Santos

The Octagon heads to Minneapolis, Minnesota on Saturday, June 29th for UFC on ESPN 3, or UFC Minneapolis. In the main event, heavyweights collide as Francis Ngannou takes on Junior dos Santos in a very intriguing bout. The co-main event sees a pivotal flyweight fight between Joseph Benavidez and Jussier Formiga.

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Francis Ngannou vs Junior dos Santos

Francis Ngannou enters this fight with a 13-3 record and has won 69 percent of his fights by knockout. Ngannou has won seven of his last nine fights and is coming off a February win over Cain Velasquez. Ngannou is averaging 2.05 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 37 percent. Ngannou is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Ngannou is coming off a knockout victory in less than 30 seconds where he didn’t even land anything clean and Velasquez ended up blowing out his knee. 

Junior dos Santos enters this fight with a 21-5 record and has won 71 percent of his fights by knockout. dos Santos has won six his last 10 fights and is coming off a March win over Derrick Lewis. dos Santos is averaging 4.76 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48 percent. dos Santos is averaging 0.34 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 56 percent. 

Ngannou vs Dos SantosTale of the Tape

Francis Ngannou  #2  Vs

Junior Dos Santos #3 

Cameroon Country Brazil
13-3-0 Record 21-5-0
3-0 As Dog 0-2
5-2 As Fav 7-2
06:35 Avg. Fight Time 11:45
6'4"/250 lbs Height / Weight 6'4"/238 lbs
83.0" Reach 77.0"
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
September 05, 1986 DOB January 30, 1984


Francis Ngannou vs Junior dos Santos Odds

Fighter Odds at Bovada Odds at BetOnline
Francis Ngannou -275 -250
Junior dos Santos +215 +210

Ngannou is a wrecking machine who has a clear edge standing up and it’s only a matter of time before he lands that one clean shot. Ngannou is also better at stuffing takedowns than people give him credit for, so a ground game plan for dos Santos is easier said than done. At this stage of his career with his age and the wars he’s been in, I don’t see dos Santos surviving what Ngannou brings to the table standing up.

Pick:  Francis Ngannou -250 (BetOnline)


Jussier Formiga vs. Joseph Benavidez

Benavidez (27-5) is riding a two-fight winning streak after TKO’ing Alex Perez and then beating Dustin Ortiz by decision. Benavidez has always been one of the best flyweights, but the title is something he has yet to win

Benavidez vs Formiga Tale of the Tape

Joseph Benavidez Vs Jussier Formiga
34 Age 34
5’4″ Height 5’5″
65″ Reach 67″
5 UFC finishes 3
January 2019 Last Fight March 2019

Jussier Formiga enters this fight with a 23-5 record and has won 57 percent of his fights by decision. Formiga has won eight of his last 10 fights and is coming off a March win over Deiveson Figueiredo. Formiga is averaging 1.37 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40 percent. Formiga is averaging 1.97 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 40 percent.

Joseph Benavidez enters this fight with a 27-5 record and has won 41 percent of his fights by decision. Benavidez has won eight of his last nine fights and is coming off a January win over Dustin Ortiz. Benavidez is averaging 3.40 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 33 percent. 

Joseph Benavidez vs Jussier Formiga 2 Odds

Fighter Odds at Bovada Odds at BetOnline
Joseph Benavidez -185 -180
Jussier Formiga +150 +155

Formiga is an underrated fighter who can never be overlooked due to his ground game and conditioning. He’d have the edge in this fight if it goes to the canvas. The problem is Benavidez is the more balanced fighter who can not only hold his own on the ground due to his wrestling background, but he has a clear, clear edge in standup striking. Benavidez is far more polished and accurate with his hands, and his use of his knees and legs gives Formiga more things to think about. Benavidez is just the better all-around fighter and it’s a coincidence he’s had the more consistent career.

Pick: Joseph Benavidez -180 (BetOnline)

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Anthony Rocco Martin +145
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Vinc Pichel +225
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Drew Dober -305
Marco Polo Reyes +235
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Alonzo Menifield -280
Paul Craig +220

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