Now that Khabib has retired, the UFC is without a lightweight champion. Not a huge deal.
He is in the midst of a bleak, uninspiring run during which, since 2012, he has just one victory to show for his seven trips inside the Octagon. We serve you with the latest breaking news, exclusive fighter interviews, videos and more. The Ohio-based has defended his belt four times now, which is a record in the heavyweight division.
Francis Ngannou is on a four-fight winning streak with all four wins coming by first-round KO.
That's not a small man by any stretch. I'd then book Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier on the Nov. 21 card and keep the Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Alex Perez flyweight title bout on the 255 card. Ferguson is 6 feet tall. Ferguson could perform similarly -- he had a much better lightweight run than either of those two. Just remember they are rumors and not confirmed as fact, so please take them as such. Until then, they should both avoid black cats, ladders and mirrors poorly secured. The UFC always matches Stipe up against new and hungry challengers, who are desperate to claim his belt.
Tony Ferguson would no doubt love a title shot. When asked if it would happen in March, Dana added, “, It could yeah. For more UFC, sign up for ESPN+: http://plus.espn.com/ufc.
He walks around well north of 155 pounds, of course. At this stage, the biggest question is whether he will take another fight to stay active or bide his time for till the title fight is official.
Would beating Jung be enough for Ortega to earn another crack at the title? As Ion Cutelaba is introduced, he walks over to Magomed Ankalaev, and the two need to be separated.
Hell yeah!". Or should he fight once again before facing the champion? Four straight finishes earned him his first title shot against the champion. Rumors are being directed towards the UFC making Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou is a heavyweight title rematch.
As always these are rumors that have been talked about behind closed doors between MMA higher-ups, so take them as MMA rumors. All Rights Reserved.
However, after Stipe Miocic defeated Daniel Cormier at UFC 252, he said he would need some time off and it now appears he won’t be returning until 2021. After his loss against Stipe, ‘The Predator’ succumbed to another loss against Derrick Lewis.
Remember the MMA gods' creativity in interrupting Khabib-Tony? The likes of Cormier, Dos Santos, Overeem have all fallen to the current champion. Regardless, in the aftermath of back-to-back defeats at the hands of Miocic and Lewis, Ngannou returned to his winning ways and amassed a four-fight winning streak.
He has finished his last four opponents on the trot and all inside the first round. Another option they've explored is Jorge Masvidal vs. Colby Covington, but they are far apart on that one. The 34-year-old did fight for the UFC title back at UFC 220 where Miocic dominated him for five rounds. Anderson Silva discusses his fight vs. Uriah Hall and says it could be the final one of his storied career. Apparently Stipe is out until March. Calvin Kattar has been great, but he lost to Magomedsharipov last year. Now, the UFC is involved, however, neither men have signed a contract yet. There are two guys who were middle-of-the-pack lightweights and then made moves up to welterweight over the past few years: Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns. The trilogy bout transpired in August of this year and witnessed Miocic successfully defend his UFC Heavyweight Championship via unanimous decision against Cormier, with the latter then proceeding to retire from professional MMA competition. When asked if it would happen in March, Dana added, “It could yeah. But in no way is he a mismatch for Silva.
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The UFC always matches, Dana White recently appeared in an interview with TMZ Sports. UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Jung So, how would Ortega be worthy of a title shot? The promotion is apparently eyeing a date in March of 2021 with hopes that arenas will be open by that time. By using his reach advantage and power in both hands, Ngannou landed stiff jabs and right uppercuts to leave Miocic's left eye swollen, but the champion showed tremendous grit to stand his ground.
When Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou 2 might take place is uncertain at this point, but it for sure won’t be in 2020. Required fields are marked *.
It's had a really great pay-per-view run since the pandemic and has a ton of big-time fights in the oven (don't forget about Israel Adesanya, who told me two weeks ago he'd love to fight in December), but I like this scenario best. The MMA community has lately been abuzz with speculation concerning the possibility of reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic defending his title against Francis Ngannou in December this year. I fought once for 20 seconds in the last 16 months. But welterweight could be a realistic option. In the interview, the reporter asked Dana if the rumors about Stipe Miocic Vs Francis Ngannou being targeted for UFC 256 were true. Same with Yair Rodriguez.
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The UFC isn't lacking intriguing main events for its remaining 2020 schedule. The UFC President replied, “. However, at UFC 220 ‘The Predator’ was completely outclassed by Stipe Miocic. Ariel Helwani and Marc Raimondi look at which fights can headline UFC 256 with Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns being postponed.
Over the last three years, the only two men who have competed in UFC heavyweight title fights have been Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier.
On the way to the top, Miocic has defeated some of the best to fight in the division.
As an avid sports fan, he is constantly looking for ways to bridge the gap between niche sports (such as MMA) and pop culture. The rumored rematch between Miocic and Ngannou was set to transpire at UFC 256 on December 12th, 2020. The likes of Cormier, Dos Santos, Overeem have all fallen to the current champion. Unfortunately, he has been unable to and is currently on the sidelines waiting for the champ to get healthy. UFC 254 was a successful event as the promotion returned to its critically acclaimed Fight Island.
White stated: Upon being questioned as to whether the Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou will take place in March of 2021, Dana White reiterated his stance. Francis Ngannou isn’t happy with the state of the heavyweight division. "There was danger, look at how big he is," Miocic said. "Look at how big he is. The Champion was also able to secure six takedowns and had a ground control time of over 15 minutes. During the run, he has beaten Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Junior dos Santos, Cain Velasquez, and Curtis Blaydes.
After Ngannou knocked out Jairzinho Rozenstruik in just 20 seconds to extend his winning streak to four, many figured he would be next in line for the title shot.However, after Stipe Miocic defeated Daniel Cormier at UFC 252, he said he would need some time off and it now appears he won’t be returning until 2021. How about Mauricio Rua? Ngannou, 31, a native of Cameroon, saw his fast-track to a title shot (just 46 days after his knockout of the year against Alistair Overeem in December) come to a disappointing end. While Fight Island is a possibility, we’re being told that the UFC wants the fight to happen in Vegas.
Ngannou has proved that he is ready to fight for the UFC Heavyweight title one more time. Dana White recently appeared in an interview with TMZ Sports. When it comes to Miocic's future, the only remaining glamour fight in the thin heavyweight division is a showdown with former champion Cain Velasquez, who continues to recover from injury.
There are a lot of contenders here.
Stipe Miocic has cemented his position as the greatest heavyweight of all time. I'm going to be a dad and that's all that matters right now," Miocic said.
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In four attempted bookings of Ankalaev-Cuțelaba, by comparison, we've seen 38 more seconds of action, and that was interrupted by arguably the worst stoppage of the year. 1:15 am ET, UFC 220: Stipe Miocic goes distance to retain title, defended his title against Volkan Oezdemir, Whittaker bests Cannonier for pivotal 185-pound win, McGregor sends 'respect' to Khabib after win, retirement, Top UFC fighters react to Khabib's retirement, White: Chimaev vs. Edwards a done deal for December, MK Dissected: How Brian Ortega scored the big win, Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson fight set for UFC 249 in April. Directly addressing whether the Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cuțelaba rematch will finally happen feels like tempting the MMA gods. Celebrate one of these on the seventh day of this great week. However, he has looked improved since then and no doubt deserves another crack at the belt. (2:12). He opened at around -160 in their first fight back in January 2018, which he went on to lose by way of decision. CLEVELAND, Ohio – MMA fans could get another chance to see Stipe Miocic fight in 2020. 6-keys: media/spln/mma/reg/free/stories_live-blog, at UFC options for vacant lightweight title include Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier, UFC 254: A dominant performance, a tearful goodbye and a legacy of greatness for Khabib, Khabib defeats Gaethje, announces retirement, Whittaker gets UFC 254 win, eyes Adesanya shot, Sources: Edwards vs. Chimaev set for December, McGregor says he will fight Poirier on Jan. 23, Cejudo: Show me the money and I'll come back, Moraes to battle Font on Dec. card, source says, UFC 254: Khabib Nurmagomedov retiring at the top of his sport elicits memories of Michael Jordan.
After absorbing the right hand, Miocic instantly secured a takedown to allow him time to recover.
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