An interesting Heavyweight rematch between Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes is reportedly set to headline an upcoming UFC Fight Night event on November 24, 2018 in Beijing, China.
That's according to ESPN's Ariel Helwani, who brought word of the pending big man matchup earlier today ( Thurs., Aug. 16, 2018).
The two men initially fought back in 2016 with Francis scoring a second round technical knockout (TKO) win over "Razor." That was the last time Curtis tasted defeat, winning six in a row since then, though one win was overturned due to a failed drug test.
Curtis has been lobbying for a championship fight on the heels of his hot streak, though he'll have to take a back seat to Brock Lesnar for a bit.
As for Ngannou, he's dropped his last two bouts, which includes a championship title fight defeat to former champ Stipe Miocic via decision. He followed that up with a horrendous showing against Derrick Lewis at UFC 226, which he also lost on the judges scorecards.
To add insult to defeat, Francis has drawn the ire of UFC president Dana White, as the brash head honcho has criticized "The Predator's" attitude as of late.
A win for Francis will go a long way in repairing not only his record, but his relationship with the UFC higher-ups. As for Curtis, a win should be enough to lock down his long-awaited shot at the 265-pound title.