VIDEO | Daniel Cormier previews Cain Velasquez vs. Francis Ngannou fight

On Sunday night, the UFC will makes its debut on ESPN with a stacked card from Phoenix, Arizona. This card will be headlined by a crucial heavyweight battle between two-time former champion Cain Velasquez and former title challenger Francis Ngannou.

Daniel Cormier will be watching this fight very closely — not just because he’s the reigning heavyweight champion, but because he’s a long time friend and training partner of Cain Velasquez.

In the pre-fight promo video above, the heavyweight champion turned UFC commentator previews this fight between Velasquez and the nuke-fisted Francis Ngannou. It’s worth a watch!

This UFC on ESPN main event bout will be Velasquez’s first since a July, 2016 defeat of Travis Browne, as he’s long been sidelined by injuries.

Ngannou, meanwhile, will look to build on the momentum of a first-round knockout of Curtis Blaydes, which was preceded by a pair of decision losses to Derrick Lewis and Stipe Miocic.

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

How do you think Cain Velasquez will fair against Francis Ngannou?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 2/17/2019.