The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is preparing for a collection of exciting fight nights. Now it would appear that one of the world’s most famous mixed martial arts promotion’s upcoming pay-per-view events is putting another title fight on the line.
Rising heavyweight star Francis Ngannou has yet to suffer a loss under the UFC banner. The fighter has six victories from within the octagon on his record, with all of his wins having come by stoppage. That being said the fighter will have an entirely different challenge on his hands next, as Ngannou has locked down a date for his upcoming war for the UFC heavyweight title.
As reported by MMA Fighting, Francis Ngannou will now be facing off against UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 220. The event goes down Jan. 20, 2018 inside the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
Ngannou earned his shot for the title at UFC 218. In the night’s co-main event inside the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan, Ngannou went toe-to-toe with No. 1 heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem for division supremacy.
Ngannou earned a stunning first round knockout finish over the former K-1 Grand Prix champion, shocking the Detroit crowd. UFC President Dana White quickly revealed that the fighter would be granted a shot at the heavyweight belt following his dazzling performance in the night’s co-headliner.
Meanwhile, Stipe Miocic has not suffered a loss inside the octagon since 2014. The heavyweight champion most recently avenged that loss, taking out former opponent Junior dos Santos at UFC 211. Now the title holder has earned a first round stoppage victory in the last four of his five consecutive wins inside the octagon.
All of that in mind, Miocic and Ngannou will be going to war for the title at UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts, live on pay-per-view.