UFC newcomer Curtis Blaydes now in against Francis Ngannou at UFC Fight Night 86 in Zagreb

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

There’s been a slight change to next month’s UFC Fight Night 86 event in Zagreb, as Curtis Blaydes is now in against Francis Ngannou.

The UFC’s French Twitter account first announced the change.

Ngannou was originally scheduled to meet Bojan Mihajlovic on the April 10 card, but Mihajlovic is now out of that fight for undisclosed reasons. The Frenchman scored a second round knockout win in his UFC debut last month, moving his overall career record to 6-1. That includes five straight stoppage wins into this event in Croatia.

Blaydes steps up on less than a month’s notice for his UFC debut, bringing a perfect 5-0 record along with him. The Oklahoma based fighter most recently appeared at RFA 35 in February, taking out Luis Cortez in the third round for his fifth straight TKO win.

UFC Fight Night 86 is the UFC’s first ever event in Croatia, and will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between Ben Rothwell and former UFC Champ Junior dos Santos. The event is slated to air live on Fox Sports 1.

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