Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Aiming For UFC 220 in January

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The Francis Ngannou hype train is barrelling full steam ahead.

Swiftly, Miocic fired off a tweet reminding the 31-year old Ngannou who is the current UFC heavyweight champion.

The deal hasn't been done yet, but betting markets on the fight have been opened.

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UFC commentator Joe Rogan was there in Detroit for UFC 218 and saw Ngannou's ferocious KO cageside and spoke with Bellator heavyweight Justin Wren about the potential of the native of Cameroon on Rogan's JRE MMA Show podcast.

Then, in the post-fight interview, Ngannou said he is the real world champion and that Miocic was simply holding the belt for him in the interim.

Those odds were the same in the USA, with ESPN's MMA expert Brett Okamoto reporting the news. On Wednesday, MMA Junkie first reported that a hotly anticipated clash between heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic and the risky Francis Ngannou was being targeted to top the card. If Miocic were to successfully defend his title, he would be breaking the record for most consecutive heavyweight title defenses in UFC history, cementing himself as one of the top heavyweights of all time.

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With Miocic on a five fight win streak, the betting lines were met with surprise by many MMA fans.

Miocic last defended his championship back in May.

His run to the title started with a five round demolition of Mark Hunt in Adelaide in May 2015, before a 54-second destruction of former champion Andrei Arlovski.

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THE UFC TITLES in the light-heavyweight and heavyweight divisions both look set to be up for grabs when the organisation returns to Boston's TD Garden early in 2018.

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