While the UFC has a champion in Miocic and a contender in Ngannou, many believed the fight was far from set in stone due to Miocic's recent contract negotiations. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the UFC had yet to make its plans public.
Well, it's time to put that all in the rearview because one of the biggest fights in UFC heavyweight history is official and will take place in just over a months time at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
A victor of five consecutive fights, including two title defenses, Miocic has run through numerous top contenders at heavyweight, but now he'll be facing one of the best prospects to join the roster in several years.
Ngannou would be seven weeks removed from his most recent outing inside the Octagon, defeating Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 on December 2.
MMA Junkie first reported the potential title bout. He tied the record with a first-round knockout of Junior dos Santos at UFC 211 in Dallas on May 13.
Miocic last defended his championship back in May. Miocic's last five fights in total have resulted in stoppage wins. It was Miocic's second successful title defense.
The heavyweight clash is expected to headline the UFC 220 pay-per-view event, which also will feature a previously announced light heavyweight title bout between Daniel Cormier (19-1) and Volkan Oezdemir (15-1).
Miocic avenged one of only two losses on his professional record with a knockout of dos Santos at the 2:24 mark of the first round in the main event of UFC 211: Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2 at the American Airlines Center.