A number of sources have all but confirmed Stipe Miocic will defend his UFC Heavyweight title against Francis Ngannou at UFC 220 on Jan 20 in Boston. On paper, the fight is set to be one of the most exciting contests in recent memory. And we won’t have to wait that long for it either.
MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed the news that was first reported by MMAjunkie earlier in the day.
Ngannou (11-1) is coming off an impressive, first-round knockout win over Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 last weekend. The Cameroon native has won all six of his UFC fights, with all but one coming by way of a finish inside the first round. The 6-foot-5 Ngannou, 31, recently moved from Paris to Las Vegas to pursue his UFC career and is now being touted as a future superstar by UFC President Dana White.“We’ve had some trouble getting him a fight,” White acknowledged at the UFC 218 post-fight press conference in Detroit. “But once we keep this guy active and you see him doing this to all the big stars that you know and yeah, I think this guy’s going to be a rock star globally.”
Reigning Champion Miocic (17-2) would set the UFC record for most consecutive heavyweight title defenses at three with a win over Ngannou. The American who’s on a five fight win streak, each victory coming by way of knockout, beat Fabricio Werdum for the title back in May 2016 and successfully defended it against Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos.
UFC 220 already had a viable main event with Daniel Cormier set to defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Volkan Oezdemir on the card. That matchup will now be bumped down to the co-main event to make way for Miocic vs. Ngannou.