In one of the most highly anticipated heavyweight title fight in years, champion Stipe Miocic will put his title on the line against Francis Ngannou in the main event for UFC 220 in Boston on January 20.
Already, the two combatants exchanged barbs even before the fight was announced.
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. These problems now seem to be in the past though, and Miocic will look to set a new record for UFC heavyweight title defences with a win over Ngannou.
The UFC star is one of the hottest fighters in MMA at the moment after his sensational knockout of Alistair Overeem in Denver. 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.
While it isn't official yet, here's hoping the UFC deliver Miocic vs. Ngannou in 2018. All 26 of his strikes were considered significant, according to FightMetric. It was the seventh knockout victory in "The Predator's" young career.
After dos Santos fell to the canvas, Miocic swarmed the former champion and threw more than a dozen left-handed punches through the guard, and when those strikes went unanswered, referee Herb Dean called a stop to the bout.
Miocic is riding a five fight winning streak heading into UFC 220, while Ngannou has won ten in a row. The win gave him an undefeated 6-0 record in the UFC, with all of his victories coming by way of stoppage, including his last four in the first round.