UFC is planning to make Jon Jones fight the winner of Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou rematch will happen after or by March 2021. The deal has not been finalized but UFC is working on it.
Ever since Miocic defeated Daniel Cormier at UFC 242 in the trilogy, talk of the rematch between Miocic and Ngannou intensified. Now, according to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, the UFC is planning on having two pay-per-views in March with one being headlined by Miocic vs. Ngannou and the other being Israel Adesanya vs. Jan Blachowicz.
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Although the rematch between Miocic and Ngannou is a big fight, according to Helwani, the hope is the winner would face Jon Jones in the summer.
“The UFC wants Stipe Miocic to defend the heavyweight title against Francis Ngannou in March. The title fight isn’t a done deal yet, but that is definitely what the promotion wants, I’m told. In a perfect world, the UFC would like for the winner of that fight to defend the belt against Jones in the summer, sources say,” Helwani reports.
According to UFC president Dana White, Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou rematch will happen after or by March 2021. The deal has not been finalized but UFC is working on it.
Dana White hopes to see a UFC heavyweight championship rematch in the first quarter of next year. White is aiming to book a rematch between titleholder Stipe Miocic and contender Francis Ngannou for March 2021, he told TMZ in an interview Monday.
“That fight won’t be ready till March,” White said. “… It could (happen). Yeah, that’s the goal. We’ll see what happens.” White did not hint at a specific date, location, or provide any further details.
The two fought at UFC 220 in January 2018, when Miocic defeated Ngannou by unanimous decision. Stipe broke the record for most consecutive title defenses at heavyweight with three. Stipe defended the UFC heavyweight championship in August at UFC 252 when he won a unanimous decision over rival Daniel Cormier in the pair’s trilogy bout. White confirmed that Ngannou who has won four straight fights by knockout would be next in line to fight for the belt.
Miocic (20-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) most recently fought in August when he finished Daniel Cormier with strikes in the fourth round of a trilogy rubber-match. With the victory, Miocic reclaimed his title from Cormier, who had knocked him out at UFC 226 in July 2019.
Stipe has cemented his position as the greatest heavyweight of all time. The Ohio native has defended his belt four times now, which is a record in the heavyweight division. On the way to the top, Miocic has defeated some of the best to fight in the division. The likes of Cormier, Dos Santos, Overeem have all fallen to the current champion.
Francis Ngannou had to face another defeat at the hands of derrick lewis. But since that loss, Francis has been on a tear. With four amazing first-round KOs of Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos, and most recently Jairzinho Rozenstruik. He’s currently ranked as the No. 1 contender in the UFC’s official heavyweight rankings.
Jon Jones, meanwhile, appears likely to finally make his heavyweight debut in 2021. The former light heavyweight champion has hinted at a move for years now but after vacating his belt will indeed make the move. “Bones” has not fought since he defeated Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 to defend his light heavyweight title.
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