Miocic vs. Ngannou is a packed card to get 2018 started off proper for the promotion. Stipe Miocic defends his heavyweight title against top-ranked challenger Francis Ngannou, while Daniel Cormier puts his light heavyweight belt up against power-punching Volkan Oezdemir.
In the co-main event, light heavyweight champion defends his belt against Volkan Oezdemir. Gian Villante, Thomas Almeida and Rob Font are other bigger names who will be fighting on the main card. The same venue hosts Saturday's event, which has a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. Cormier is 19-1 (1) as a professional, with the loss and the no contest both being to Jones. On that same card, Oezdemir (15-1) steamrolled over Jimi Manuwa with a 42-second knockout, pushing his win streak to three straight under the UFC banner.
Miocic, meanwhile, will be competing for the first time since May, 2017, when he stopped Junior dos Santos in the opening round.
Fight day is finally here and the last episode of "UFC 220 Embedded" will get you ready for what promises to be a thrilling night of fights. Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic spends his Thursday evening in an ice bath, and all of the fighters make weight on Friday morning.