Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight contenders Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes are set to run back their April 2016 encounter, as ESPN first reported on Thursday that the two have agreed to rematch at UFC Fight Night 141 in Beijing on Nov. 24.
The two previously over two years ago, with Ngannou winning by TKO in the second round. Since then, their career tracks have diverged quite a bit. “The Predator” continued his ascent through the heavyweight rankings, eventually scoring a tile shot at former champion Stipe Miocic’s belt.
Miocic put a brutal end to Ngannou’s meteoric rise, pummeling him and outclassing him for five long rounds at UFC 220.
Ngannou followed that up with the most puzzling performance in his MMA and UFC career, dropping a decision loss to Derrick Lewis last month in what UFC President Dana White described as one of the worst fights in promotional history.
Meanwhile, Blaydes has remained undefeated since the loss to Ngannou, most recently finishing Alistair Overeem with second-round elbows at UFC 225 in June.