Detroit will play host to a big heavyweight battle.
After having a big fight against Junior dos Santos scratched at the last minute just a little while ago, Francis Ngannou was looking for another high-profile opponent as soon as possible. And he has found it in former UFC heavyweight title challenger Alistair Overeem. The UFC sent out a tweet confirming that the two big men will meet at UFC 218 in Detroit on December 2nd:
BREAKING: We have HW action in the Motor City! @AlistairOvereem takes on @Francis_Ngannou at #UFC218 in Detroit Dec. 2!
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— UFC (@ufc) September 27, 2017
Ngannou (10-1, 5-0 UFC) has been utterly dominant in the UFC so far, finishing all five of his fights and winning performance bonuses in his last two. His last win came via TKO over Andrei Arlovski in January.
Overeem (43-15, 1 NC, 8-4 UFC) has won two bouts in a row, most recently defeating Fabricio Werdum via majority decision at UFC 213 in July.
Ngannou commented about the bout on Twitter as well:
I’m definitely going to beat Overeem before Stipe but doesn’t matter it’s just one more fight #UFC218 #ThePredator pic.twitter.com/w300WpvYEp
— Francis NGannou (@francis_ngannou) September 27, 2017
The bout will not be the main event of the evening, which should end up being a title fight – possibly between Frankie Edgar and UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway.