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
|06:35||Avg. Fight Time||11:45|
|6'4"/250 lbs||Height / Weight||6'4"/238 lbs|
|September 05, 1986||DOB||January 30, 1984|
Francis Ngannou vs Junior dos Santos Odds
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.
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|
|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
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.