Friday, 15 December, 2017

Stipe Miocic Vs Francis Ngannou Set For UFC 220 In January

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
Rita Gibson | 08 December, 2017, 02:08

The last time it happened was on December 27, 2008, at UFC 92, where 205-pound champion Forrest Griffin lost the title to Rashad Evans via TKO, while interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was stopped for the first time in his career by Frank Mir.

Francis Ngannou may not be the No. 1 heavyweight in the world, but when he challenges champion Stipe Miocic, he will be treated as such. With her unanimous decision win, the new UFC champion makes her top-10 debut at No. 7, while Modafferi falls four spots to eighth. With additional reports confirming the news, it appears to be a done deal.

The heavyweight clash is expected to headline the UFC 220 pay-per-view event, which also will feature a previously announced light heavyweight title bout between Daniel Cormier (19-1) and Volkan Oezdemir (15-1). The heavyweight champ last fought at UFC 211 in May. The Ohio native has won five straight, finishing all five fights with his hands.

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Then, in the post-fight interview, Ngannou said he is the real world champion and that Miocic was simply holding the belt for him in the interim.

Miocic's last fight was a first-round TKO victory over Junior dos Santos back in May. Overall, he's 11-2 in the UFC.

Adding to his marketability is a rags-to-riches story, his humble giant nature, and the fact that he recently set a record for punching power. Most recently, he briefly disconnected Alistair Overeem from the mortal plain with a thunderous uppercut. The card takes place inside the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20.

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