The UFC has not seen a scarier heavyweight than Francis Ngannou at a really long time. He takes at Boston on Stipe Miocic for the championship buckle Saturday.
We’re only in the third week of January, however, the UFC could have trouble staging a better card at the top in 2018 compared to UFC 220 on Saturday night in 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 predicted to begin at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Following is a peek at those spells 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 Miocic, 35, looks to create UFC history by making a third consecutive successful 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) in UFC 198 in May 2016. Miocic then beat Alistair Overeem in September that year-old knockout (punches) and got revenge on former winner 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 other than Conor McGregor, if McGregor ever struggles. “The Predator” only has catastrophic power — believe Mike Tyson in his prime. Ngannou has yet to observe that the third round in some of his fights, and his previous four have all ended by either KO/TKO or entry 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 rated heavyweights. Miocic, a former NCAA wrestler, will need this fight on the mat. He had been last an underdog vs. Werdum.