The eagerly anticipated heavyweight bout between Francis Ngannou and Junior Dos Santos has been moved to the main event slot at UFC Fight Night in Minneapolis.
<div><p>The showdown between the popular title contenders was initially slated for the undercard at UFC239 on July 6 in Las Vegas. However, it has now been given a more prestigious main event position at the Target Center in Minneapolis on June 29. Fans in Minnesota had been looking forward to seeing Tyron Woodley tangle with Robbie Lawler in a rematch, but the former welterweight champion had to pull out of the fight due to a hand injury. Ngannou and Dos Santos will now take that berth and it promises to be a thrilling contest between two powerful heavyweights.</p><p>Dos Santos is a former heavyweight champion and he can call upon a great deal of experience. He has locked horns with the likes of Stipe Miocic, Alistair Overeem, Mark Hunt and Cain Velasquez during his career, and he boasts a 21-5 record. Fifteen of the Brazilian’s wins have via knockout, so he is a dangerous heavyweight. He has won his last three fights thanks to a unanimous decision against Blagou Ivanov and TKOs against Tai Tuivasa and Derrick Lewis, so he should be full of confidence ahead of this bout.</p><h2>Dos Santos v Ngannou Betting Odds</h2><p>However, Ngannou is the clear favourite at 8/15 (1.53) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&f=1" target="_blank" title="Betfair">Betfair</a>. The Predator has a 13-3 record in UFC and he has already beaten several big names. He announced himself as a force to be reckoned with when he delivered a brutal knockout against Overeem in 2017. He was the heavy favourite to topple Miocic at UFC 220, but suffered a surprise defeat. That was followed by another loss at the hands of Lewis, although he bounced back with victories over Curtis Blaydes and Velasquez.</p><p>Almost all of the money is currently going on Ngannou, but Dos Santos makes a compelling option as the 6/4 (2.50) underdog. He has beaten Miocic and Velasquez – although they have also both beaten him in rematches – and he is blessed with great experience. He is now 35 years of age, but he still possesses the nous and the athleticism to make life difficult for Ngannou in this fight. The Cameroonian has secured two first-round knockout victories in his last two bouts, so if you fancy him to triumph you might find more attractive odds on him winning via TKO.</p></div>