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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Aiming For UFC 220 in January

07 December, 2017, 12:10 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Francis Ngannou Alistair Overeem

UFC 220 is on the verge of getting even bigger - literally.

He's now on course to fight champion Stipe Miocic for the coveted UFC title. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the UFC had yet to make its plans public.

Miocic won the heavyweight title with a sensational first-round knockout of Fabricio Werdum on hostile territory in May of last year and has since made two successful defences, finishing Alistair Overeem inside a round last September and halting former champion Junior dos Santos in just over two minutes in May of this year.

MMA Junkie first reported the potential title bout.

A Euclid native and graduate of Eastlake North High School based out of Strong Style Gym in Independence, Miocic will go for a UFC record third consecutive defense of the heavyweight championship.

There is perhaps the expectancy that a fight between Joshua and Ngannou could produce a similar level of interest, although the British fighter has so far not taken any notice of champion Miocic's recent challenge towards him. Miocic's last five fights in total have resulted in stoppage wins.

Now Ngannou is getting his shot at Miocic and the heavyweight title with the new fight expected to headline UFC 220. A victory for Miocic would break the record for consecutive title defenses by a UFC heavyweight champion, a mark that now sits at two.

Ngannou posted the hardest punch on record prior to his face-off with Overeem at UFC 218, and may well prove to be handy against Joshua or Wilder despite the pair of them being two of the most powerful in the world.

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