Francis Ngannou at a long time has seen a scarier heavyweight than the UFC. He takes in Boston on Stipe Miocic for its championship buckle Saturday.
We are just in the third week of January, however, the UFC might have difficulty staging a much better card at the top in 2018 compared to UFC 220 on Saturday night in TD Garden at Boston. It’s headlined with a heavyweight title bout between champion Stipe Miocic and frightening Francis Ngannou. The five-fight principal card is expected to start at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Following is a look 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, Miocic +130 Prediction: Ngannou by KO/TKO
The Miocic, 35, looks to create UFC history here by producing a third straight powerful defence of his eponymous name — that’s 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 overcome Alistair Overeem in September that year-old knockout (punches) and got revenge on former winner Junior dos Santos in May 2017 with a first-round TKO (punches). Dos Santos handed Miocic his final loss, back in December 2014. A total of 13 of Miocic’s 17 wins have come by KO/TKO.
Ngannou, a 31-year-old out of Cameroon, could soon be the biggest name in the sport aside from Conor McGregor, if McGregor ever struggles. “The Predator” simply has devastating power — believe Mike Tyson in his prime. Ngannou has yet to observe that the third round in any of his struggles, along with his previous four’ve all ended by KO/TKO or submission in just two minutes of their first round. Ngannou destroyed 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 ranked heavyweights. Miocic, a former NCAA wrestler, will need this fight on the mat. He had been past an underdog vs. Werdum.
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