The UFC is close to finalizing a heavyweight title fight between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou for UFC 220 on January 20 in Boston. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the UFC had yet to make its plans public.
After Ngannou's knockout of Alistair Overeem on the main card of UFC 218, everyone in attendance knew we had ourselves a new No. 1 contender, and this would be made official by Dana White in the post-fight press conference. Ngannou thrashed the veteran inside 2-minutes to earn a devastating victory.
The Cameroon-native registered the hardest punch on record just before his bout with Overeem at UFC 218. 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.
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A victor of five consecutive fights, including two title defenses, Miocic has run through numerous top contenders at heavyweight, but now he'll be facing one of the best prospects to join the roster in several years. Miocic's last five fights in total have resulted in stoppage wins. Miocic has defended his title twice since defeating then-champion Fabricio Werdum via first-round knockout at UFC 198 in May 2016.
Miocic vs. Ngannou is the second title fight to be added to UFC 220, which takes place at Boston's TD Garden, as a light-heavyweight title clash between Daniel Cormier (c) and Swiss clock-cleaner Volkan Oezdemir had already been announced.
It's unclear which of the two title fights would serve as the UFC 220 main event.