It seems Francis Ngannou may not have to wait too long to cash his ticket in as the No. 1 heavyweight title contender. The UFC is reportedly eyeing a heavyweight championship bout between Ngannou and reigning titleholder Stipe Miocic for UFC 220 on Jan. 20 at the TD Garden in Boston, MMAjunkie’s Simon Samano reports.
Ngannou would be seven weeks removed from his most recent outing inside the Octagon, defeating Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 on Dec. 2. Paving the way for a quick turnaround was the latest first-round victory of Ngannou’s career, stopping the former title contender just 1:42 into the fight. Ngnanou is 11-1 in MMA, and 6-0 in the UFC. His last four victories have all come in the first round, all ending within the first two minutes.
The challenger would be facing a champion who has also made quick work of his recent opponents, stopping his last four dance partners in the opening round as well. Miocic has defended his title twice since defeating then-champion Fabricio Werdum via first-round knockout at UFC 198 in May 2016. He defeated Overeem via first-round KO at UFC 203 last September, before stopping former champion Junior dos Santos with a first-round TKO at UFC 211 in May. A victory for Miocic would break the record for consecutive title defenses by a UFC heavyweight champion, a mark that currently sits at two.
Miocic has not fought since that May encounter, unable to come to an agreement on a contract renegotiation with the UFC.
UFC 220 currently features one other title fight, a light heavyweight championship showdown between Daniel Cormier and fast-rising contender Volkan Oezdemir.