Francis Ngannou an Early Betting Favorite vs. UFC Champion Stipe Miocic

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While the actual fight has yet to even be discussed among the competitors, the odds wait for no one.

According to a report by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, top contender Francis Ngannou is an early betting favorite over reigning and defending UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.

Ngannou (11-1) scored his sixth finish inside the Octagon when he knocked out former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem this past weekend at UFC 218. The 31-year-old also holds wins over former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski, Anthony Hamilton and Curtis Blaydes to his resume.

Miocic (17-2) has defended the belt twice since winning it – as an underdog – vs. Fabricio Werdum in Brazil last year. He also finished Overeem in the first round and defeated former champion Junior dos Santos this past May.

The two have already started a Twitter battle of their own, as they are expected to reach a deal to fight in 2018.