Francis Ngannou at a long time has seen a more scary heavyweight than the UFC. He chooses on Stipe Miocic for its championship belt Saturday.
We are just in the third week of January, however, the UFC could have difficulty staging a much 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 terrifying Francis Ngannou. The five-fight main card is expected to begin at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Here’s a peek at those spells and their MMA odds.
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, looks to make UFC history by making a third consecutive successful defence of his eponymous name — 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 overcome Alistair Overeem in September that year by first-round 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 loss, back in December 2014. A total of 13 of Miocic’s 17 wins have come by KO/TKO.
Ngannou, a 31-year-old from Cameroon, will be the biggest name in the game aside from Conor McGregor, if McGregor ever fights again. “The Predator” only has devastating power — think Mike Tyson in his prime. Ngannou has yet to see the third round in any of his struggles, along with his past four’ve ended by either KO/TKO or submission in just two minutes of the first round. Ngannou destroyed Overeem in December with 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 was last an underdog vs. Werdum.
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