Stipe Miocic To Defend Heavyweight Strap Against Francis Ngannou At UFC 220

Stipe Miocic poses during his weigh-in for UFC 211 on May 12 in Dallas

A second title bout may be coming next month to UFC 220 as UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic may be defending the gold against #1 Francis Ngannou.

Already, the two combatants exchanged barbs even before the fight was announced.

There is perhaps the expectancy that a fight between Joshua and Ngannou could produce a similar level of interest, although the British fighter has so far not taken any notice of champion Miocic's recent challenge towards him.

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. Miocic won the UFC Heavyweight Title back at UFC 198 after knocking out then champion Fabricio Werdum in the opening round.

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Miocic will be fighting for the first time since May, when he avenged a 2014 loss to Junior dos Santos, by stopping the former champ.

Cameroon's Francis Ngannou has built up a ferocious reputation for his knockout fists in the UFC, with the fighter now on the verge of a title shot in the organisation. All 26 of his strikes were considered significant, according to FightMetric.

A perfectionist in and out of the cage, Miocic earned his measure of redemption from the unanimous-decision loss in a five-round slugfest against dos Santos at UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Miocic in Phoenix, Arizona on December 13, 2014. His last four victories have all come in the first round, all ending within the first two minutes. Ngnanou is 11-1 in MMA, and 6-0 in the UFC.

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