UFC 220 Ngannou vs Miocic Live, Stream, Fight card, Main Event, Schedule : Less than five years after making his professional mixed martial arts debut, Francis Ngannou is set to step into the Octagon in the main event of UFC 220 Live and challenge Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title.
He’ll do so as the betting favorite and coming off one of the most hellacious knockouts in the organization’s history — a clubbing left hand that separated Alistair Overeem’s soul from his body and left “The Demolition Man” demolished on the canvas. It was the kind of performance that can transform a formidable challenger into someone seemingly destined to claim championship gold.
But if you know anything about the 31-year-old’s path to fighting on the biggest stage in the sport for the most important title in the organization. you know that his seismic knockout of Overeem and impending date with Miocic are just two more steps towards a dream that took root in childhood and remains the driving force behind the imposing knockout artist.
“This is not something that I woke up some day and just started thinking about it,” Ngannou said about his championship aspirations and rapid ascension in the UFC, speaking with Sporting News. “I grew up with it. It was something that lived in me.
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The dream to be heavyweight champion is what led him to depart his native Cameroon for France and fueled him as he walked the streets of Paris looking for a gym — any gym — where he could start working towards making his dream come true.
Each one of those steps helped lead Ngannou to where he is today — on the precipice of becoming a major star in the UFC and just a handful of hours away from competing for the UFC heavyweight title.
The last year helped me to build this year, said Ngannou, who is a perfect 6-0 in the Octagon and sports an 11-1 record overall. “This year is going to help build the next year and the next year going to build the other one.