Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Heavyweight Title Slugfest Set For UFC 220

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The most anticipated heavyweight bout in MMA right now – and perhaps ever – is set for January’s UFC 220.

News arrived from MMA Junkie and was subsequently confirmed by MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani tonight (Dec. 6, 2017) that champion Stipe Miocic will take on surging No. 1 contender Francis Ngannou in a potentially explosive match-up scheduled for the main event of the pay-per-view event from Boston, Massachusetts.

Ngannou (11-1) finalized his shot at the title by knocking out former title contender Alistair Overeem with a vicious first-round knockout at last weekend’s UFC 218 from Detroit. The win gave him an undefeated 6-0 record in the UFC, with all of his victories coming by way of stoppage, including his last four in the first round.

He’ll face by far the biggest test of his MMA career when he meets similarly surging champion Miocic, who was last seen stopping former champion Junior dos Santos at May’s UFC 211 from Dallas, Texas. A contract dispute kept him out of action for the rest of the year.

Miocic (17-2) has been on fire like few UFC heavyweight champions ever have been, winning his last five bouts including two title defenses over Overeem and dos Santos, which put him in a tie for the record for the division’s most consecutive defenses. He’s only lost to dos Santos by split decision and Stefan Struve by TKO in his decorated fight career.

The bout will join the previously scheduled light heavyweight title bout between Daniel Cormier and rising contender Volkan Oezdemir, which was put in possible danger when news recently broke that Oezdemir ha been arrested for felony battery in his adopted home of Florida. The bout will go forward as planned; however, it has reportedly been demoted to the co-main event now.

The pay-per-view event will mark only the fourth time in UFC history that the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles will be defended on the same card.

  • Shock Wave

    Francis better start working on that cardio.

    • NateDogg

      For what? He is going to destroy Stipe in first round.

      • spinning elbow

        just like werdum, overeem and dos santos did… ride on, ride that hype train son buahahahaha

        • NateDogg

          Ngannou is a different breed… I ride that hype train with honor son.

    • Shock Wave

      That’s a lot of muscle to lug around. Stipe isn’t gonna get into a firefight with Francis.
      This fight will go into later rounds, to show how smart Stipe is.

  • Bill Wolf

    Good luck to Stipe Miocic in breaking the record for heavyweight title defenses. If he makes it, nobody will say (plausibly) that the way was made easy for him.

    • Draven

      unless Stipe scores another first round victory.

  • Johnny Carcosa

    I don’t see a first round ko, but still Ngannou as the winner. Miocic is smart, and he can move in & out pretty fast, so maybe….. it’s an intriguing match up. Size difference will be huge, anyway. If Miocic finds a way to win against that monster is a mma genius. But probably he will be hit too hard before the end and collapse. Great fight!

  • Gerry McCabe

    If Stipe combines smart boxing with flash take downs, if moves and stays outside, he could force the “Predator” across a round or two. At which point the huge novice will be a nice target. Or not?