After Ngannou's knockout of Alistair Overeem on the main card of UFC 218, everyone in attendance knew we had ourselves a new No. 1 contender, and this would be made official by Dana White in the post-fight press conference.
MMAFighting.com has confirmed with sources close to the situation that Micoc will defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight title against Ngannou in the main event of UFC 220. He tied the record with a first-round knockout of Junior dos Santos at UFC 211 in Dallas on May 13.
And it also appears he's eyeing up a title in the sport of boxing. 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.
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"Everyone was so enthralled about the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight. That would be a real fight, where an MMA fighter could go in there and upset a current boxing champion", he added.
That was the 31-year-old Ngannou's sixth win since joining the UFC two years ago and leaves him with an overall 11-1 record, making him one of the most exciting rising stars to emerge at heavyweight in years.
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Joshua and Wilder are feared for their incredible power with both men accumulating an impressive knockout record.
UFC 220 now features one other title fight, a light heavyweight championship showdown between Daniel Cormier and fast-rising contender Volkan Oezdemir.
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.
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