Now with 10 straight stoppage wins to his credit, Ngannou will face Miocic for the Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title sometime in 2018; so impressive was his knockout of Overeem that the Cameroonian has opened as a -160 favorite against the reigning Miocic.
Stipe Miocic will likely defend the UFC heavyweight title against Francis Ngannou at UFC 220 in January.
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. He earned a first-round TKO victory over Junior dos Santos. These problems now seem to be in the past though, and Miocic will look to set a new record for UFC heavyweight title defences with a win over Ngannou.
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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.
That was the 31-year-old Ngannou's sixth win since joining the UFC two years ago and leaves him with an overall 11-1 record, making him one of the most exciting rising stars to emerge at heavyweight in years.
Although dos Santos landed 12 strikes early in the round, including leg kicks that caused instant swelling in Miocic's left shin, the champion withstood the damage and landed 26 of his 56 strikes (46 percent). It was the seventh knockout victory in "The Predator's" young career. Miocic also enters the fight on a five fight winning streak and he hasn't suffered a defeat in over three years.