With No Replacement Foe Found, Francis Ngannou Removed from UFC 215 Card

By Tristen Critchfield Aug 29, 2017

Francis Ngannou has been officially pulled from UFC 215 after the Las Vegas-based promotion was unable to find the rising heavyweight star a new opponent on short notice.

MMAFighting.com first reported the news, and Ngannou is no longer present on the UFC 215 event page on the Las Vegas-based organization’s website.

Ngannou was scheduled to face Junior dos Santos on the pay-per-view main card of the Sept. 9 event but that pairing fell through when “Cigano” was pulled from the card for a possible anti-doping violation a little more than a week ago. The UFC announced it was seeking a replacement foe for Ngannou, and “The Predator” attempted to jumpstart things himself by calling out Alistair Overeem, but nothing came to fruition.

The 30-year-old Ngannou is currently riding a nine-fight winning streak. Five of those triumphs have occurred in UFC competition, with each victory ending inside of two rounds. Most recently, “The Predator” scored a first-round TKO of Andrei Arlovski at UFC on Fox 23.

UFC 215 takes place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and is headlined by a women’s bantamweight title tilt between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko. In the co-main event, Demetrious Johnson will defend the flyweight crown against Ray Borg.


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