Ngannou may not be the No. 1 heavyweight in the world, but when
he challenges champion Stipe
Miocic, he will be treated as such.
The 31-year-old Ngannou laid waste to perennial heavyweight power
Overeem at UFC
218 on Dec 2, clobbering “The Demolition Man” with a left
uppercut at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Now with 10 straight
stoppage wins to his credit, Ngannou will face Miocic for the
Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title sometime in 2018;
so impressive was his knockout of Overeem that the Cameroonian has
opened as a -160 favorite against the reigning Miocic.
A night prior to UFC 218, the promotion wrapped up “The Ultimate
Fighter 26” in Las Vegas, crowning the season’s No. 14 seed,
Montano, the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion. Montano
was due to face Sijara
Eubanks, who failed to make weight when her kidneys started
shutting down. The grim situation, if nothing else, was
advantageous for Montano, as she faced previously fourth-ranked
Modafferi instead. With her unanimous decision win, the new UFC
champion makes her top-10 debut at No. 7, while Modafferi falls
four spots to eighth.
This rankings update welcomes another newcomer courtesy of UFC 218:
Strawweight vet Felice
Herrig took her fourth straight win, earning a split decision
over previously eighth-ranked Cortney
Casey-Sanchez. As a result, Casey-Sanchez slips to our
contenders list, while Herrig debuts at No. 10.