Francis Ngannou at a really long time has seen a scarier heavyweight than the UFC. He takes on Stipe Miocic for its championship buckle Saturday in Boston.
We are just in the third week of January, but the UFC might have difficulty staging a much better card on top at 2018 than UFC 220 on Saturday night from TD Garden in Boston. It is headlined by a heavyweight title bout between champion Stipe Miocic and frightening Francis Ngannou. The five-fight main card is expected to start at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Here’s a peek at their MMA odds and those bouts.
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 here by making a third straight powerful defence of his heavyweight title — that’s never been done before. Miocic has won five fights in a row overall and took the belt out of Fabricio Werdum by first-round knockout (punches) in UFC 198 in May 2016. Miocic then overcome 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 last loss, back in December 2014. A total of 13 of the 17 wins of Miocic have come by KO/TKO.
Ngannou, a 31-year-old out of Cameroon, will be the biggest name in the game aside from Conor McGregor, if McGregor ever fights again. “The Predator” simply has devastating power — believe Mike Tyson in his prime. Ngannou has yet to see the third round in any of his fights, and his past four have all ended by KO/TKO or entry within two minutes of the first round. Ngannou ruined Overeem in December with a punch, and throughout his six fights in the UFC Ngannou has gained 1.83 knockdowns per 15 minutes, the maximum rate among rated heavyweights. Miocic, a former NCAA wrestler, will need this fight on the mat. He was last an underdog vs. Werdum.
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