UFC Fight Night 141 will take place at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China on Saturday the 25th of November and the main event is a huge match up in the heavyweight division.
Cameroon native Francis Ngannou, who fights out of France, returns to the UFC octagon against the highly touted and talented Curtis Blaydes. The Ngannou Vs Blaydes betting lines tell us that top wrestler Blaydes is the -250 favourite with 888sport with Francis Ngannou the +175 underdog at Betway in what is an intriguing clash of styles.
Francis Ngannou is a physical force of nature, a naturally powerful heavyweight with perhaps the most devastating KO power in the whole of MMA. The problem is, he is very raw as a martial artist and despite blitzing his way to a title shot against Stipe Miocic last year, he still has a lot to learn in terms of conditioning and grappling.
The irony is, conditioning and grappling are what he is going to need against Blaydes, who was an undefeated college wrestler and comes here having beaten two greats in Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt in his last two fights. A man with KO power in his own right and the ability to grapple for days, he is a strong favourite to continue Ngannou’s losing streak.
What Ngannou’s latest loss to Derrick Lewis will have shown him though, is how much he needs to work on his game. An undoubted natural athlete with a strong mind, Ngannou will have worked closely with the UFC Performance Institute to improve his overall skill set and fight prep.
This fight will go a long way in determining who gets the next shot at the title, particularly for Blaydes who will be seeing this as his fast route to that big shot against the champion Daniel Cormier. Ngannou has the touch of death and could end this in an instant. But the sensible UFC pick for the Fight Night 141 main event is Curtis Blaydes to win.