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UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez (also known as UFC on ESPN 1) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that was held on February 17, 2019 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. A heavyweight bout between former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez and former title challenger Francis Ngannou served as the event headliner. As a result of the cancellation of UFC 233, fights between Cortney Casey and Cynthia Calvillo, James Vick and Paul Felder, Benito Lopez and Manny Bermudez and Aleksandra Albu and Emily Whitmire respectively, were rescheduled for this event.
|UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez|
The poster for UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||February 17, 2019 (2019-02-17)|
|Venue||Talking Stick Resort Arena|
UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez (also known as UFC on ESPN 1) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that was held on February 17, 2019 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, United States.
As a result of the cancellation of UFC 233, fights between Cortney Casey and Cynthia Calvillo, James Vick and Paul Felder, Benito Lopez and Manny Bermudez and Aleksandra Albu and Emily Whitmire respectively, were rescheduled for this event.
A women's flyweight bout between former Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Lauren Murphy and Ashlee Evans-Smith was expected to take place at the event. However, on December 19, Murphy announced she will need more time off to recover from surgery and won't make it to this event. On December 20, it was reported that Andrea Lee would replace Murphy against Evans-Smith.
At the weigh-ins, former UFC Bantamweight Champion Renan Barão, Manny Bermudez and former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Jessica Penne missed the required weight for their respective fights. Barão weighted at 138 pounds and Bermudez weighted at 140 pounds, 2 pounds and 4 pounds over the bantamweight non-title fight limit of 136 respectively. Meanwhile, Penne weighed in at 118 pounds, 2 pounds over the strawweight non-title fight limit of 116. All three bouts were set to continue at catchweight. Barão and Penne were fined 20% of their purse and Bermudez was fined 30% of his purse which went to their opponents.
In turn, Penne pulled out of her bout against Jodie Esquibel, as she severely sprained her ankle while warming up the morning of the event. The bout was subsequently scrapped.
|Main Card (ESPN)|
|Heavyweight||Francis Ngannou||def.||Cain Velasquez||KO (punches)||1||0:26|
|Lightweight||Paul Felder||def.||James Vick||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Women's Strawweight||Cynthia Calvillo||def.||Cortney Casey||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Featherweight||Kron Gracie||def.||Alex Caceres||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||2:06|
|Welterweight||Vicente Luque||def.||Bryan Barberena||TKO (knees and punches)||3||4:54|
|Featherweight||Andre Fili||def.||Myles Jury||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (ESPN)|
|Bantamweight||Aljamain Sterling||def.||Jimmie Rivera||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Catchweight (140 lbs)||Manny Bermudez||def.||Benito Lopez||Submission (guillotine choke)||1||3:09|
|Women's Flyweight||Andrea Lee||def.||Ashlee Evans-Smith||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Nik Lentz||def.||Scott Holtzman||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Early Preliminary Card (ESPN+)|
|Catchweight (138 lbs)||Luke Sanders||def.||Renan Barão||KO (punches)||2||1:01|
|Women's Strawweight||Emily Whitmire||def.||Aleksandra Albu||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||1:01|
The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money and also does not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses. The total disclosed payout for the event was $1,871,000.
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