UFC Looking at 2 Heavyweight Showdowns
The UFC reportedly already has plans on the future of the heavyweight division and heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.
The UFC is aiming for two big heavyweight collisions to take place during the summer, each on its own separate pay-per-view event. Their current plans would see Miocic defend his title against Cain Velasquez, while Junior Dos Santos faces Francis Ngannou.
This comes just two weeks removed from Miocic defeating dos Santos in the main event of UFC 211 for his second successful title defense and fifth straight win.
BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor was the first to report on the Miocic-Velasquez plans, while MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani first had the scoop on Dos Santos vs. Ngannou.
— Chris Taylor (@CTaylor_96) May 27, 2017
UFC would like to book Francis Ngannou vs. Junior dos Santos for the yet-to-be announced 8/19 PPV, per sources, but it’s not done yet.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 27, 2017
Velasquez has not been seen in an Octagon since a first-round TKO victory over Travis Browne at UFC 200 last July. The former heavyweight champion announced via social media recently that he and his wife are expecting a son this November, and that he "would be back eventually."
You’ve been asking when I’m coming back. I’ve been a little busy. "Lil’ Cain" will be here in Nov. I’m back soon. Thx for support/patience. pic.twitter.com/IqpwME8mAt
— Cain Velasquez (@cainmma) May 24, 2017
Meanwhile, if the Dos Santos vs. Ngannou fight comes to fruition, it might give Dos Santos enough time to complete a training camp for the bout. Due to suffering a first-round TKO loss to Miocic, JDS is medically suspended until late June. Of course, just because the bout is in August is not a guarantee the fight will happen.
Ngannou, meanwhile, has been on a monster tear throughout the UFC’s heavyweight division. He has risen through the ranks, going 5-0 since debuting in the UFC in December 2015. Most recently, he earned first-round victories over Anthony Hamilton (via submission) in December, and former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (via KO). None of his five UFC bouts have gone past the second round, and Ngannou has called for more competition, even a heavyweight title bout.