Friday, 23 February, 2018

Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Set For UFC 220 on January 20

Stipe Miocic poses during his weigh-in for UFC 211 on May 12 in Dallas Stipe Miocic poses during his weigh-in for UFC 211 on May 12 in Dallas. Tim Phillis — The News-Herald
Kristopher Love | 07 December, 2017, 19:00

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

After announcing last week that Daniel Cormier will defend his light-heavyweight title against Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220, Stipe Miocic's third outing as heavyweight champion has also reportedly been added to the 20 January card. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the UFC had yet to make its plans public.

Over the weekend at UFC 218, rising heavyweight star Francis Ngannou put together a highlight reel knockout over the always risky Alistair Overeem.

THE UFC TITLES in the light-heavyweight and heavyweight divisions both look set to be up for grabs when the organisation returns to Boston's TD Garden early in 2018. Contractual issues, however, have kept Miocic out of the octagon since the Dos Santos fight.

Ngannou leapt into title shot talk with a win over Alistair Overeem at UFC 218, and Dana White had said he would get the next shot at Miocic. His last four victories have all come in the first round, all ending within the first two minutes.

That was the 31-year-old Ngannou's sixth win since joining the UFC two years ago and leaves him with an overall 11-1 record, making him one of the most exciting rising stars to emerge at heavyweight in years.

"Everyone was so enthralled about the Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather fight", Dewey Cooper told MMA Junkie.

If the hulking Ngannou, who only made his UFC debut in December of 2015, hadn't already captured the imagination with five straight finishes, he certainly did so with his sixth - an otherworldly knockout of the aforementioned Overeem on Saturday night.

The only time both undisputed titles were on the line on the same night was at UFC 44 in September 2003.