Francis Ngannou in a very long time has seen a scarier heavyweight than the UFC. He takes in Boston on Stipe Miocic for its championship belt Saturday.
We’re just in the third week of January, but the UFC might have difficulty staging a better card on top in 2018 compared to UFC 220 on Saturday night from TD Garden at Boston. It’s headlined by a heavyweight title bout between champion Stipe Miocic and terrifying Francis Ngannou. The five-fight principal card is predicted to begin at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Here’s a look at their MMA odds and those spells.
UFC 220 Miocic vs. Ngannou Odds
Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou
Records: Miocic (17-2), Ngannou (11-1)
Division: Heavyweight
UFC Odds: Miocic +130, Ngannou -160 Prediction: Ngannou by KO/TKO
The Miocic, 35, looks to make UFC history here by making a third straight powerful 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 last lossback 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, could soon be the biggest name in the sport aside from Conor McGregor, if McGregor ever struggles. “The Predator” only has catastrophic power — believe Mike Tyson in his prime. Ngannou has yet to see that the third round in any of his fights, and his past four’ve ended by either KO/TKO or submission within two minutes of their 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 maximum rate among ranked heavyweights. Miocic, a former NCAA wrestler, will want this fight on the mat. He had been last an underdog vs. Werdum.

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