Anthony Joshua Fight Wanted By A Leading UFC Heavyweight

Anthony Joshua Fight Wanted By A Leading UFC Heavyweight

News arrived from MMA Junkie and was subsequently confirmed by MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani tonight (Dec. 6, 2017) that champion Stipe Miocic will take on surging No. 1 contender Francis Ngannou in a potentially explosive match-up. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the UFC had yet to make its plans public.

A victor of five straight fights including two title defenses, Miocic has run through numerous top contenders at heavyweight already but now he'll be facing one of the best prospects to join the roster in several years. The card takes place inside the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20.

Since winning the belt with a victory over Fabricio Werdum in May 2016, Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) has defended the belt against Overeem and Junior Dos Santos. Contractual issues, however, have kept Miocic out of the octagon since the Dos Santos fight.

Ngannou's power has fired him in contention to fight champion Stipe Miocic, but his coach clearly has plans beyond MMA.

The heavyweight clash is expected to headline the UFC 220 pay-per-view event, which will also feature a previously announced light heavyweight title bout between Daniel Cormier (19-1) and Volkan Oezdemir (15-1).

If the hulking Ngannou, who only made his UFC debut in December of 2015, hadn't already captured the imagination with five straight finishes, he certainly did so with his sixth - an otherworldly knockout of the aforementioned Overeem on Saturday night.

It's unclear which of the two title fights would serve as the UFC 220 main event.

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