Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou Is Happening- Dana White Gives Potential Date

January 6, 2021 10:40 am

UFC President Dana White has hinted the rematch between Francis Ngannou and Stipe Miocic is in the works. The duo will probably clash in April 2021, as the heavyweight gold will be up for grabs.

Ngannou fought only once in 2020. It was a 20-second long appearance at UFC 249 as he knocked out Jairzinho Rozenstruik in a devastating fashion. ‘The Predator‘ has been eyeing for his rematch against champion Miocic for a considerable amount of time now.

The champion too made only a single appearance last year. He successfully defended his throne at UFC 252 against Daniel Cormier and has been out ever since.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: (R-L) Francis Ngannou of Cameroon punches Stipe Miocic in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

But with the rise of hungry contenders, the division needs some clarity. Ngannou has proved himself worthy of getting a rematch and has earned his shot at the belt.

Also, former light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones’s move up to the division is on the horizon. He is expected to make his much anticipated divisional debut in 2021. ‘Bones‘ will get a title shot right away against the winner of Miocic vs Ngannou.

Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou have fought before at UFC 220

Miocic and Ngannou shared the Octagon at UFC 220. ‘The Predator’ was on the rise back then, but Miocic, being the experienced veteran he is applied his game plan to full use. He controlled Ngannou by using his wrestling to good effect.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Francis Ngannou looks on between rounds against Stipe Miocic in their Heavyweight Championship fight during UFC 220 at TD Garden on January 20, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

‘The Predator’ was visibly exhausted after the first two rounds and lost his knockout prowess. The Ohio native went on to win a dominant unanimous decision. However, ‘The Predator’ has evolved and knows what he must do differently in their second meeting.

He has been cooling his heels for a while now, but with a potential date, he can begin his quest to topple the belt holder and reign as champion at the UFC’s highest weight class.

Who do you think gets the job done this time?

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Apratim Banerjee

Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters. Dan Henderson’s brutal knockout against Michael Bisping at UFC 100 in 2009 is one of his earliest memories of the sport. He has never missed a UFC PPV or a Fight Night since, which speaks volumes about his wealth of MMA knowledge.

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