Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Spectacular KO of Overeem earns Ngannou a UFC heavyweight title shot

Spectacular KO of Overeem earns Ngannou a UFC heavyweight title shot

A victory for Miocic would break the record for consecutive title defenses by a UFC heavyweight champion, a mark that now sits at two. Miocic has defended his title twice since defeating then-champion Fabricio Werdum via first-round knockout at UFC 198 in May 2016.

The expected heavyweight title fight between champion Stipe Miocic and No. 1 contender Francis Ngannou is being targeted for the event, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Ngannou would be seven weeks removed from his most recent outing inside the Octagon, defeating Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 on December 2.

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. It was the seventh knockout victory in "The Predator's" young career.

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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. His last four victories have all come in the first round, all ending within the first two minutes.

A perfectionist in and out of the cage, Miocic earned his measure of redemption from the unanimous-decision loss in a five-round slugfest against dos Santos at UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Miocic in Phoenix, Arizona on December 13, 2014.

That was the 31-year-old Ngannou's sixth win since joining the UFC two years ago and leaves him with an overall 11-1 record, making him one of the most exciting rising stars to emerge at heavyweight in years.

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