Though nothing is official, the UFC is targeting March for a heavyweight championship clash between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou.
UFC president Dana White revealed the promotion’s plans for the bout during a recent interview with TMZ Sports.
“That fight won’t be ready till March,” White said. “It could [happen in March] yeah, that’s the goal. We’ll see what happens.”
Miocic recently concluded a trilogy with Daniel Cormier with a five-round decision triumph in the UFC 252 headliner on Aug. 15. The Ohio-based firefighter is tied with Randy Couture for the most victories in UFC heavyweight title fights with six, and that includes a dominant decision over Ngannou at UFC 220 in January 2018.
Ngannou has rebounded from back-to-back losses to Miocic and Derrick Lewis to author a four-bout finishing streak where all of his victories ended in 71 seconds or less. He last appeared at UFC 249, where he knocked out Jairzinho Rozenstruik in just 20 seconds on May 9. “The Predator” recently lamented his lack of activity in a Twitter post.
“I fought once for 20 seconds in the last 16 months,” he wrote.
I fought once for 20 seconds in the last 16 months #ThisIsSucks— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) October 20, 2020
The UFC has not officially announced an event for March, so it is unclear the target date for the Miocic-Ngannou rematch.
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