Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Penciled In as UFC 220 Main Event


Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Penciled In as UFC 220 Main Event

UFC 220 is on the verge of getting even bigger - literally.

A huge heavyweight title fight is headed to Boston as Stipe Miocic will face Francis Ngannou in the new main event at UFC 220 on January 20 from the TD Garden Arena. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the UFC had yet to make its plans public. The card already has one title fight booked, with light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier to take on Volkan Oezdemir.

Ngannou (11-1) is coming off a first-round knockout win over Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 last weekend.

A Euclid native and graduate of Eastlake North High School based out of Strong Style Gym in Independence, Miocic will go for a UFC record third consecutive defense of the heavyweight championship.

Swiftly, Miocic fired off a tweet reminding the 31-year old Ngannou who is the current UFC heavyweight champion.

Miocic finished off his fifth straight knockout victory by backing up dos Santos against the cage and flooring him with a right hand to the head.

With Miocic on a five fight win streak, the betting lines were met with surprise by many MMA fans. 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. The heavyweight champ last fought at UFC 211 in May.

Ngannou is 11-1-0 in his professional MMA career and 6-0 since entering the UFC in 2015.

The only time both undisputed titles were on the line on the same night was at UFC 44 in September 2003. UFC 220 appears to have a new main event.