Move over, Daniel Cormier.
Now Ngannou is getting his shot at Miocic and the heavyweight title with the new fight expected to headline UFC 220. The last time it happened was on December 27, 2008, at UFC 92, where 205-pound champion Forrest Griffin lost the title to Rashad Evans via TKO, while interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was stopped for the first time in his career by Frank Mir. On Wednesday, MMA Junkie first reported that a hotly anticipated clash between heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic and the unsafe Francis Ngannou was being targeted to top the card.
It's unclear which of the two title fights would serve as the UFC 220 main event.
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. In his last bout, he stiffened Alistair Overeem in the first round with a thunderous left hand.
A Euclid native and graduate of Eastlake North High School based out of Strong Style Gym in Independence, Miocic will go for a UFC record third consecutive defense of the heavyweight championship.
At Sportsbet, Ngannou is paying $1.62, with Miocic at $2.31.
With the win over dos Santos, Miocic improved to 17-2 in his professional career, and 11-2 in his 13 bouts under the UFC banner.
And Ngannou - who only took up the sport of MMA four years ago - is the bookies' favourite. During his reign of terror, he has finished all six of his UFC fights.
UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has a date with destiny, and it is January 20, 2018.