Francis Ngannou opens as betting favourite against Stipe Miocic


After Ngannou's knockout of Alistair Overeem on the main card of UFC 218, everyone in attendance knew we had ourselves a new No. 1 contender, and this would be made official by Dana White in the post-fight press conference.

The deal hasn't been done yet, but betting markets on the fight have been opened. Ngannou (11-1), however, has been active, stopped every fighter put in front of him, and is every opponent's nightmare: big, strong, fast, and hits like a Mack truck.

And Ngannou - who only took up the sport of MMA four years ago - is the bookies' favourite.

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Those odds were the same in the United States, with ESPN's MMA expert Brett Okamoto reporting the news. Miocic's last five fights in total have resulted in stoppage wins.

A victor of five consecutive fights, including two title defenses, Miocic has run through numerous top contenders at heavyweight, but now he'll be facing one of the best prospects to join the roster in several years.

UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.

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His run to the title started with a five round demolition of Mark Hunt in Adelaide in May 2015, before a 54-second destruction of former champion Andrei Arlovski.

Ngannou is an huge talent and has all the makings of a future champion, but is the hype train getting a little carried away?

THE UFC TITLES in the light-heavyweight and heavyweight divisions both look set to be up for grabs when the organisation returns to Boston's TD Garden early in 2018.

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