Francis Ngannou will battle against Stipe Miocic as part of the main event at UFC 220 on January 20 at the TD Garden in Boston for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, and it’s expected to be an exciting fight.
This fight will be Ngannou’s first-ever title fight of his UFC career, while Miocic will be defending the Heavyweight Championship for the third time since he won it by defeating Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198 in May 2016.
The Cameroonian-French fighter made a statement in his last fight against Alistair Overeem with a brutal knockout finish, and now the man himself has said for his fight against the American he’s getting paid as such.
Speaking to SFR Sport in France last week ahead of his heavyweight title bid at UFC 220, the 31-year-old contender revealed he'll be award a fight purse of $500,000 for the biggest fight of his career to date.
The hosts of the show, according to MMA Fighting, talked about how much French footballers get paid, which caused Ngannou to respond by saying: “Yes, but you must understand that my ascension in the ranks was very fast, but the numbers didn’t follow.”
Ngannou is a great example of a ‘rags to riches’ story, which could be capped off with a UFC Heavyweight title win this weekend. He was born in Cameroon, where he worked as a bricklayer before he immigrated illegally to France. He has since moved to Las Vegas where he trains at the UFC Performance Institute.
Since joining UFC, The Predator has won each of his first six fights by finish and has only been past the first round twice before, which was his first two fights for the promotion. Alongside his first-round knockout of Overeem at UFC 218 last month, which many believe is the KO of the Year, it was not difficult for UFC to award him with a title shot.
However, despite being considered by some people as the favorite in the UFC 220 main event, Miocic is not going to be an easy opponent for Ngannou to beat. The UFC Heavyweight Champion has not lost a fight since December 2014 and has not lost a fight via knockout since September 2012. In fact, these are his only two losses in his 13 fights in UFC.
Whoever wins on the night, UFC will be the ultimate winner, as this looks like it’s going to be an awesome fight.
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