The two previously over two years ago, with Ngannou winning by TKO
in the second round. Since then, their career tracks have diverged
quite a bit. “The Predator” continued his ascent through the
heavyweight rankings, eventually scoring a tile shot at former
Miocic put a brutal end to Ngannou’s meteoric rise, pummeling him
and outclassing him for five long rounds at UFC 220.
Ngannou followed that up with the most puzzling performance in his
MMA and UFC career, dropping a decision loss to Derrick
Lewis last month in what UFC President Dana White described as
one of the worst fights in promotional history.
Meanwhile, Blaydes has remained undefeated since the loss to
Ngannou, most recently finishing Alistair
Overeem with second-round elbows at UFC 225 in June.