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

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

The Francis Ngannou hype train is barrelling full steam ahead. Now with 10 straight stoppage wins to his credit, Ngannou will face Miocic for the Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title sometime in 2018; so impressive was his knockout of Overeem that the Cameroonian has opened as a -160 favorite against the reigning Miocic.

The deal hasn't been done yet, but betting markets on the fight have been opened.

A 31-year-old native of Cameroon who emigrated to France in 2012, Ngannou only made his mixed martial arts debut four years ago.

At Sportsbet, Ngannou is paying $1.62, with Miocic at $2.31. Last week it was announced that Daniel Cormier will defend the light heavyweight title vs. Volkan Oezdemir on the card. Contractual issues, however, have kept Miocic out of the octagon since the Dos Santos fight. MMAJunkie first reported the match-up on Wednesday.

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His run to the title started with a five round demolition of Mark Hunt in Adelaide in May 2015, before a 54-second destruction of former champion Andrei Arlovski. He tied the record with a first-round knockout of Junior dos Santos at UFC 211 in Dallas on May 13.

In the hours after Ngannou's scary knockout of Overeem, the heavyweight king posted a simple message to social media.

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.

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.

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