The UFC returns to the Apex facility in Las Vegas for a big UFC Fight Night card Saturday, June 26th live on ESPN+.
The main event brings in two heavyweights looking to get a shot at Francis Ngannou’s title at 265 lbs. when No. 3 Ciryl Gane takes on No. 5 Alexander Volkov live on ESPN+.
Gane is 8-0 career with six stoppages, and knocked off Jairzinho Rozenstruik by unanimous decision in February. He’s one of the rising stars of MMA, and is a -155 favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook in this bout.
Volkov ended the career of the legendary Alistair Overeem in February, and is 33-8 career while on a two-fight win streak after beating Walt Harris in October of last year as well. He’s been in the main event picture for much longer, but still enters as an underdog despite his experience.
The co-main event is also at heavyweight, where Tanner Boser will take on Ovince Saint Preux. Boser is 19-8 career, but has lost his last two bouts by unanimous decisions to unranked opponents. Saint Preux is 25-15 career, including 20 career stoppages, but at 38 is likely out of the rankings picture barring a late-career resurgence.
This card is starting well ahead of the normal fight times for UFC on ESPN+ shows, with the earliest competitors getting in the cage as early as 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Set your alarms appropriately.
Here are the start times and fight list for the UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Volkov for June 26 at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
Main card, 4:00 p.m. ET, ESPN+:
No. 3 Ciryl Gane vs. Alexander Volkov: Heavyweight
Tanner Boser vs. Ovince Saint Preux: Heavyweight
Raoni Barcelos vs. Timur Valiev: Bantamweight
Andre Fili vs. Daniel Pineda: Featherweight
Tim Means vs. Nicolas Dalby: Welterweight
Renato Moicano vs. Jai Herbert: Lightweight
Preliminary card, 1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN+:
Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Danilo Marques: Light Heavyweight
Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. Michel Prazeres: Welterweight
Warlley Alves vs. Jeremiah Wells: Welterweight
Marcin Prachnio vs. Ike Villanueva: Light Heavyweight
No. 15 Julia Avila vs. Julija Stoliarenko: Women’s Bantamweight
Charles Rosa vs. Justin Jaynes: Featherweight
Yancy Medeiros vs. Damir Hadzovic: Lightweight