Francis Ngannou at a long time has seen a scarier heavyweight than the UFC. He takes on Stipe Miocic for the championship buckle Saturday.
We’re just in the third week of January, however, the UFC could have trouble staging a better card at the top in 2018 than UFC 220 on Saturday night in TD Garden in Boston. It’s headlined by a heavyweight title bout between champion Stipe Miocic and frightening Francis Ngannou. The five-fight main card is predicted to start at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Following is a peek at those bouts and their MMA chances.
UFC 220 Miocic vs. Ngannou Odds
Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou
Records: Miocic (17-2), Ngannou (11-1)
UFC Odds: Ngannou -160 Prediction: Ngannou by KO/TKO
The American Miocic, 35, seems to create UFC history by making a third consecutive powerful defence of his heavyweight title — that has never been done before. Miocic has won five fights in a row overall and took the belt from Fabricio Werdum by first-round knockout (punches) at UFC 198 in May 2016. Miocic then beat Alistair Overeem in September that year-old knockout (punches) and got revenge on former champion Junior dos Santos in May 2017 using a first-round TKO (punches). Dos Santos handed Miocic his final lossback in December 2014. A total of 13 of Miocic’s 17 wins have come by KO/TKO.
Ngannou, a 31-year-old from Cameroon, could soon be the biggest name in the sport aside from Conor McGregor, if McGregor ever struggles. “The Predator” only has devastating power — believe Mike Tyson in his prime. Ngannou has yet to see the third round in some of his fights, along with his previous four have all ended by either KO/TKO or submission within two minutes of the first round. Ngannou destroyed Overeem in December using a punch, and during his six fights in the UFC Ngannou has landed 1.83 knockdowns per 15 minutes, the highest rate among ranked heavyweights. Miocic, a former NCAA wrestler, will want this battle on the mat. He had been last an underdog vs. Werdum.
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