A rematch between Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes has been targeted for the UFC Fight Night 141 event in Beijing, China on November 24th.
The two heavyweights first collided at UFC Fight Night 86 in 2016, with Ngannou emerging victorious by way of a doctor’s stoppage at the end of the second round.
After that Ngannou went on to win four more fights, finishing the likes of Andrei Arlovski and Alistair Overeem along the way, to secure a title shot against the champion at the time, Stipe Miocic.
However, some of the enthusiasm over ‘The Predator’s’ impressive rise to title contention was since been dampened after convincingly losing to Miocic and then putting in an exceptionally lackluster performance in a subsequent loss to Derrick Lewis earlier this year.
Meanwhile, since losing to Ngannou in his UFC debut, Blaydes has compiled a strong run in the Octagon, going unbeaten in his last six fights, including taking a recent step up in competition in his stride with wins over Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem.
That places Blaydes at No.3 in the division, one spot above Ngannou heading into their second fight, which is currently believed to be the likely headliner for the event in China.