Junior Dos Santos to Fight Francis Ngannou at UFC 239

Junior Dos Santos is ready to rumble…

The 35-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist and a former UFCHeavyweight Champion.has reportedly agreed to fight Francis Ngannou at UFC 239on July 6 in Las Vegas, according to ESPN

Junior Dos Santos

The fight isn’t signed just yet, sources say, but is expected to be in the coming days.

This marks the second time the promotion has attempted to book this matchup. It was originally scheduled for UFC 215in September 2017, but it was ultimately canceled after the United States Anti-Doping Agencyprovisionally suspended Dos Santos for a possible performance-enhancing drug violation. 

Dos Santos was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing when it was determined he unknowingly ingested a contaminated supplement that contained a banned substance.

Dos Santos (21-5) has won his past three fights. He most recently defeated Derrick Lewis via second-round TKOearlier this month.

Ngannou (13-3) is on a two-fight winning streak. The 32-year-old is coming off a 26-second knockout of Cain Velasquez in February.

The event, which will be headlined by Jon Jones vs. Thiago Santos for the UFC light heavyweight title, will take place at T-Mobile Arenain Las Vegas. It will also feature Amanda Nunes vs. Holly Holm for the UFC bantamweight title.

Salido Defeats Terdsak Kokietgym to Claim Interim Junior Lightweight Title

Orlando Salido is beltin’ it out…

The 33-year-old Mexican professional boxer rallied to stop Thailand’s Terdsak Kokietgym by 11th-round TKO in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday, to win a vacant interim junior lightweight title.

Orlando Salido

After getting up off the canvas three times in a fight that featured seven total knockdowns, Salido, a former three-time featherweight titlist, ended matters dramatically with a vicious, three-punch combination that left Kokietgym out on his back, leaving referee Eddie Claudio no need to count him out.

It was the fourth-straight title bout for Salido (42-12-2, 29 KOs), who defeated current featherweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko in March by split decision one day after Salido lost his title on the scales for coming in overweight.

Kokietgym (53-5-1, 33 KOs), a southpaw, did his part off the opening bell to help make Saturday’s bout a viable fight of the year candidate by flooring Salido with a counter overhand left. But Salido rose from the deck to score a knockdown of his own later in the round on a body shot that appeared to land low.

The frenetic pace continued into Round 2 as Salido was hurt, and eventually floored hard, by a left hand in the closing seconds. But the rugged Mexican brawler began to turn the tide.

In Round 4, Salido appeared to have floored Kokietgym with a right hand, but Claudio ruled it a slip. An undeterred Salido continued to stalk forward with hard combinations and scored an undisputable knockdown later in the round with a left hook.

While Kokietgym remained competitive the rest of the way, routinely finding a home for uppercuts at close range, he was never the same after recording his final knockdown of Salido in Round 5.

Salido sent Kokietgym into the ropes and down to the canvas with a damaging right cross in Round 7 and buckled him again with the same punch the following round.

Kokietgym, a former world-title challenger at 126 and 130 pounds, snapped a seven-fight win streak and suffered his first defeat since dropping a unanimous decision to then-junior lightweight titlist Takahiro Ao in 2012.