Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou 2 set for UFC 260 main event


Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The heavyweight title will go up for grabs on March 27 when reigning champion Stipe Miocic faces Francis Ngannou in a rematch at UFC 260.

The highly anticipated showdown has been targeted for March for several weeks but only now has the fight been made official with the athletes putting pen to paper. Multiple sources confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Saturday following an initial report from ESPN.

For Miocic, this will be his first fight since completing a trilogy against Daniel Cormier that saw the Ohio native fall in their initial meeting before beating the two-time Olympian in back-to-back contests. Miocic is widely considered the greatest UFC heavyweight of all time and that fact was only strengthened when he dominated Ngannou in their first meeting back in 2018.

On that night, Miocic survived an early storm from Ngannou before out wrestling and out working the Cameroon native for all five rounds to win a lopsided unanimous decision.

The rematch will give Ngannou the chance to exact revenge after Miocic handed him the first loss of his UFC career.

Ngannou has racked up four consecutive wins in a row without a single opponent managing to hit the 90-second mark of the opening round. During that streak, Ngannou has taken out a pair of former champions in Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos while also knocking out Curtis Blaydes and Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

Now Ngannou will attempt to become a champion while facing Miocic in the main event for the UFC 260 card in March.

A featherweight title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega is expected to serve as the co-main event on the same night.

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