A second title bout may be coming next month to UFC 220 as UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic may be defending the gold against #1 Francis Ngannou. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the UFC had yet to make its plans public. The card takes place inside the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20.
In the co-main event of UFC 218 at Little Caesar's Arena in Detroit on Saturday, December 2, Ngannou earned a vicious first-round knockout of former top contender Alistair Overeem with a left hook that landed flush on the jaw. Miocic has defended his title twice since defeating then-champion Fabricio Werdum via first-round knockout at UFC 198 in May 2016.
"Everyone was so enthralled about the Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather fight", Dewey Cooper told MMA Junkie. Contractual issues, however, have kept Miocic out of the octagon since the Dos Santos fight.
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Ngannou posted the hardest punch on record prior to his face-off with Overeem at UFC 218, and may well prove to be handy against Joshua or Wilder despite the pair of them being two of the most powerful in the world. A victory for Miocic would break the record for consecutive title defenses by a UFC heavyweight champion, a mark that now sits at two.
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 only time both undisputed titles were on the line on the same night was at UFC 44 in September 2003.