The UFC is reportedly eyeing a heavyweight championship bout between Ngannou and reigning titleholder Stipe Miocic for UFC 220 on January 20 at the TD Garden in Boston, MMAjunkie's Simon Samano reports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the UFC had yet to make its plans public.
Well, it's time to put that all in the rearview because one of the biggest fights in UFC heavyweight history is official and will take place in just over a months time at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
Ngannou would be seven weeks removed from his most recent outing inside the Octagon, defeating Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 on December 2. After losing names like Matt Mitrione, Roy Nelson, and Gabriel Gonzaga (the first two to Bellator, the latter to retirement) and seeing divisional stalwarts like Cain Velasquez, Mark Hunt, and Junior dos Santos all out for varying reasons, the herd has been considerably thinned.
With Miocic on a five fight win streak, the betting lines were met with surprise by many MMA fans. Last week it was announced that Daniel Cormier will defend the light heavyweight title vs. Volkan Oezdemir on the card.
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As for Ngannou, he has yet to be beaten under the UFC banner.
Alistair Overeem was on the wrong end of a brutal knockout in his co-main event fight against Francis Ngannou at UFC 218. The heavyweight champ last fought at UFC 211 in May. Miocic has defended his title twice since defeating then-champion Fabricio Werdum via first-round knockout at UFC 198 in May 2016.
It's unclear which of the two title fights would serve as the UFC 220 main event.