UFC on ESPN 1: Velasquez vs. Ngannou Fight Card and Start Time

UFC on ESPN 1, Francis Ngannou, Cain Velasquez

On Sunday, February 17, the UFC will make its debut on ESPN with an exciting, 13-fight card.

In the main event of this debut UFC on ESPN card, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon, where he will battle ferocious knockout puncher Francis Ngannou in an cage-shaking showdown.

The bout will be Velasquez’s first since a July, 2016 defeat of Travis Browne. Ngannou, meanwhile, will look to build on the momentum of a first-round knockout of Curtis Blaydes.

In the UFC on ESPN 1 co-main event, James Vick will look to bounce back from a tough loss to former World Series of Fighting champion Justin Gaethje, as he takes on the ever dangerous Paul Felder, who looks to rebound from a welterweight loss to “Platinum” Mike Perry.

Other highlights of this debut UFC on ESPN card, finally, include a strawweight fight between Cortney Casey and Cynthia Calvillo, a featherweight showdown between Alex Caceres and Kron Gracie, and a welterweight fight between Vicente Luque and Bryan Barberena.

Without further ado, here is the full UFC on ESPN 1 fight card, along with the start times for each portion of the event (via FanSided).

Main Card | 9:00 pm ET on ESPN

  • Cain Velasquez vs. Francis Ngannou
  • James Vick vs. Paul Felder
  • Cortney Casey vs. Cynthia Calvillo
  • Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie
  • Vicente Luque vs. Bryan Barberena
  • Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury

Preliminary Card | 7:00 pm ET on ESPN

  • Aljamain Sterling vs. Jimmie Rivera
  • Benito Lopez vs. Manny Bermudez
  • Andrea Lee vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
  • Scott Holtzman vs. Nik Lentz

Early Prelims | 5:30pm ET on ESPN+

  • Renan Barao vs. Luke Sanders
  • Jessica Penne vs. Jodie Esquibel
  • Aleksandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire

What do you think of the first UFC on ESPN card?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 2/13/2019.