Now that UFC 249 is officially set to go down on May 9, 2020 — most likely somewhere in Florida — fight announcements are starting to trickle in. According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, a proposed Heavyweight bout between Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruick has now been made official.
Per the report, the bout was signed earlier today, hours after it was confirmed that UFC 249 was a go for May 9, which was just one day after the promotion announced the cancelation of four of its scheduled events.
Ngannou has won three straight over Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, all via first round knockout (and all of which totaled a little more than two minutes of combined fight time). “The Predator” has been unhappy with his lack of action, as he hasn’t stepped foot inside the Octagon since June 2019.
Rozenstruick, meanwhile, has yet to taste defeat in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, going undefeated (4-0) inside the Octagon (all via knockout). In fact, all but one of “Bigi Boy’s” career wins have come via knockout. Rozenstruick was last seen scoring a last-second win over Alistair Overeem at UFC on ESPN 7.
The 265-pound match up between Ngannou and Rozenstruick could determine the next contender for the division strap, which is currently held by Stipe Miocic.
UFC 249 is expected to feature an interim Lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje, while Henry Cejudo is in line to defend his Bantamweight title against Jose Aldo in the co-main event.
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