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

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UFC 220 is on the verge of getting even bigger - literally.

Francis Ngannou may not be the No. 1 heavyweight in the world, but when he challenges champion Stipe Miocic, he will be treated as such. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the UFC had yet to make its plans public.

Ngannou (11-1) is coming off a first-round knockout win over Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 last weekend.

UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has a date with destiny, and it is January 20, 2018.

'He has punching power, ' Cooper told MMA Junkie.

Ngannou and Miocic are expected to go toe-to-toe in the near future with the champion aiming to set a new heavyweight record by claiming his third successful defence. All three victories have come by way of stoppage - two as knockouts and the Dos Santos win via TKO.

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A victor of five consecutive fights, including two title defenses, Miocic has run through numerous top contenders at heavyweight, but now he'll be facing one of the best prospects to join the roster in several years.

This would mark just the fourth time in UFC history that the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles would be at stake on the same card.

UFC 220 now features one other title fight, a light heavyweight championship showdown between Daniel Cormier and fast-rising contender Volkan Oezdemir.

This rankings update welcomes another newcomer courtesy of UFC 218: Strawweight vet Felice Herrig took her fourth straight win, earning a split decision over previously eighth-ranked Cortney Casey-Sanchez.

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

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