Dana White Reveals Timeframe For Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Rematch
UFC President Dana White has revealed a timeframe for Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou II.
Miocic is the reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion. His last bout was back on August 15. He defeated Daniel Cormier via unanimous decision in their trilogy bout.
Back on January 20, 2018, Miocic took on Ngannou in a UFC Heavyweight Title fight. Miocic’s takedowns were too much for Ngannou. The Cleveland native also mixed in his striking effectively as Ngannou was constantly thinking about the grappling. In the end, Miocic won the fight via unanimous decision to retain the gold.
Speaking to TMZ, UFC President Dana White offered a timeframe for Miocic vs. Ngannou II (via MMAJunkie.com).
“That fight won’t be ready till March. … It could (happen). Yeah, that’s the goal. We’ll see what happens.”
Ngannou has been expressing frustration over waiting for Miocic. Here’s what he said on social media recently.
“Two title fights in the [UFC] heavyweight division for the past two years and yet we don’t know if there will be another one anytime soon. Contenders have to fight for something. Apparently, Stipe is out until March. If I have to wait until then it’ll be almost another year between fights. I fought once for 20 seconds in the last 16 months.”
Ngannou has gone 4-1 since losing to Miocic. “The Predator” is riding a four-fight winning streak. In that span, he’s beaten Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Junior dos Santos, Cain Velasquez, and Curtis Blaydes. All of those bouts have ended via knockout or TKO in the first round. He’s hoping his next outing ends with him capturing UFC gold for the first time.