Last night, in the co-main event of the stacked UFC 218, surging French heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou picked up the best win of his career thus far, knocking out the always dangerous Alistair Overeem in the very first round.
With this win, the streaking contender seems to have set himself up for a shot at UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. Speaking to TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter post-fight, UFC President Dana White confirmed that Ngannou will get the next shot at the belt, and suggested that the fight could headline UFC 220 this January 20 in Boston.
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) December 3, 2017
As White explains, if this Miocic vs. Ngannou fight does land in Boston, it’ll take headlining honors over the card’s Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir light heavyweight title fight.
With this crushing win over Alistair Overeem, Francis Ngannou moved to an impressive 11-1 overall. His 6 most recent wins have all occurred in the UFC’s Octagon, where he has levelled Luis Henrique, Curtis Blaydes, Bojan Mihajlović, Anthony Hamilton, Andrei Arlovski and now Overeem.
Miocic, meanwhile is 17-2 in sum. He’s recently authored destructive stoppages of Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem, and most recently, the former champ Dos Santos.
Who do you think wins a UFC heavyweight title fight between champ Stipe Miocic and surging contender Francis Ngannou? Do you want to see this fight at UFC 220 in Boston?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/12/2017.