Blaydes vs. Ngannou rematch headlines UFC Fight Night Beijing
UFC Fight Night 141 sees the promotion return to mainland China with a heavyweight rematch at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing on November 25. In the main event, Francis Ngannou will meet Curtis Blaydes for the second time, with the former looking to secure his fifth straight win and avenge a 2016 loss.
Blaydes (10-1-0-1) is currently ranked #3 by the UFC while Ngannou (11-3) is #4. The winner could potentially be in pole position for a shot at the heavyweight title, which Daniel Cormier will be defending at UFC 230 on Saturday night in New York.
The co-main event also features heavyweight royalty, with Alistair Overeem looking to resurrect his career after back to back losses which, coincidentally, have both come at the hands of the two headliners. The former K-1 and Strikeforce champion faces Sergey Pavlovich (12-0) who will be fighting in the famous Octagon for the first time.
As you would expect the card features a significant contingent of Chinese fighters with welterweights Li Jingliang and Kenan Song, heavyweight Hu Yaozong, female flyweight Wu Yanan and female strawweights Weili Zhang and Xiaonan Yan all fighting in their homeland.
Last year the UFC made its debut on the Chinese mainland with UFC Fight Night 122 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.