Cameroonian mixed martial artist Francis Ngannou is set to make his return to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) next month.
The 31-year-old fought Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title on January 20, 2018 at UFC 220. American Miocic dominated Ngannou for five rounds, winning by unanimous decision and he returned his UFC title in the process.
While Ngannou suffered his first defeat in UFC - before facing Miocic, he had recorded six consecutive wins in the American mixed martial arts organization.
UFC have since announced that Ngannou will take on American Derrick Lewis at UFC 226 on July 7 in Las Vegas, USA.
“It hasn't taken long for Francis Ngannou to bounce back since his title fight defeat to Stipe Miocic in January.”
“The heavyweight contender who had yet to lose in the UFC and earned finishes in all six of his wins lost in a five-round battle. But his return to the Octagon is nearing.”
“Ngannou is set for an explosive bout with fellow heavyweight knockout artist, Derrick Lewis, at UFC 226 on July 7,” a statement read.
Ngannou, who was born in Batié, Cameroon, has been ranked the number 1 contender by UFC as of December 17, 2017. The Predator currently holds the record for highest punching power ever measured by the UFC, at 129,161 units.
He broke the previous record set by kickboxing champion Tyrone Spong, who hails from Suriname, which was at 114,000 units.