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

Francis Ngannou opens as betting favourite against Stipe Miocic

Francis Ngannou opens as betting favourite against Stipe Miocic

If booked, Miocic-Ngannou would be added as the second UFC 220 title fight.

In the last two and a half years, Miocic has defeated a who's who of heavyweight killers. On Wednesday, MMA Junkie first reported that a hotly anticipated clash between heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic and the unsafe Francis Ngannou was being targeted to top the card. Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier faces Volkan Oezdemir in the co-main event in Boston.

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. The heavyweight champ last fought at UFC 211 in May. UFC 220 appears to have a new main event.

After dos Santos fell to the canvas, Miocic swarmed the former champion and threw more than a dozen left-handed punches through the guard, and when those strikes went unanswered, referee Herb Dean called a stop to the bout.

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. Overall, he's 11-2 in the UFC.

Ngannou is 11-1-0 in his professional MMA career and 6-0 since entering the UFC in 2015. Most recently, he briefly disconnected Alistair Overeem from the mortal plain with a thunderous uppercut.

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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