A long-awaited heavyweight clash between Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik is expected to move to the UFC 249 combat map.
Several sources confirmed to MMA Fighting on Monday that the UFC plans to move the originally scheduled UFC fight on ESPN 8 to the next pay-per-view in April. Although a location remains to be determined, all signs point to Ngannou vs Rozenstruik serving as co-star of the April 18 event. ESPN initially reported the move.
The fight was originally intended to be the main event for the UFC’s return to Columbus, Ohio on March 28, but this card was eventually abandoned due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The day after the event was postponed, Ngannou revealed that the UFC had him tested for COVID-19, and he hinted that his fight could be postponed until April 18.
The UFC is now going ahead with a plan to present the heavyweight showdown for the first promotion card since the coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of three consecutive events.
Ngannou has just won three straight knockout victories, including victories over two former heavyweight champions Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. As for Rozenstruik, he is still undefeated in his fighting career, with a perfect 10-0 record, including four consecutive knockouts at the UFC.
UFC 249’s main event will be an interim lightweight title fight as Tony Ferguson takes on five-round headliner Justin Gaethje.