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Junior dos Santos vs. Francis Ngannou moved from UFC 239 to UFC Minneapolis main event

Heavyweights Francis Ngannou and Junior dos Santos will now fight at UFC Minneapolis on June 29
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Junior dos Santos and Francis Ngannou are getting a promotion of sorts.A

A previously scheduled heavyweight bout between dos Santos and Ngannou has been moved from the UFC 239 pay-per-view card to the UFC Minneapolis main event, according to UFC officials Tuesday.

ESPN was first to report the change.

A rematch between former welterweight champions Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler was the previous main event, but Woodley withdrew from the June 29 headliner due to a hand injury.

This will now be dos Santos’s fourth straight main event booking after headlining shows in Wichita, Kansas, Adelaide, Australia, and Boise, Idaho. The former heavyweight champion won all three of those bouts and has seen his hand raised in four of his last five appearances. Dos Santos (21-5) most recently defeated Derrick Lewis by second-round TKO in March.

Ngannou (13-3) has won two straight by TKO, knocking off Cain Velasquez and Curtis Blaydes in a combined 71 seconds. This will be Ngannou’s third straight main event opportunity.

UFC Minneapolis will take place at Target Center on June 29 and the main card will air live on ESPN.

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