The UFC has not seen a scarier heavyweight than Francis Ngannou at a long time. He takes at Boston on Stipe Miocic for its championship buckle Saturday.
We’re just in the third week of January, however, the UFC could have trouble staging a much better card on top at 2018 compared to UFC 220 on Saturday night from TD Garden in Boston. It is headlined by a heavyweight title bout between champion Stipe Miocic and terrifying Francis Ngannou. The five-fight principal card is expected to start at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Here’s a look at their MMA chances 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 make UFC history by making a third straight 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 out of 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 with a first-round TKO (punches). Dos Santos handed Miocic his last lossback 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 game aside from Conor McGregor, if McGregor ever fights again. “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 past four’ve ended by either KO/TKO or submission in just two minutes of the first round. Ngannou ruined Overeem in December using a punch, and throughout 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 battle on the mat. He was past an underdog vs. Werdum.