The UFC has not seen a more scary heavyweight than Francis Ngannou at a really long time. He takes in Boston on Stipe Miocic for its championship belt Saturday.
We’re only in the third week of January, however, the UFC might have difficulty staging a better card on top in 2018 than UFC 220 on Saturday night in TD Garden in Boston. It’s headlined with a heavyweight title bout between champion Stipe Miocic and terrifying Francis Ngannou. The five-fight principal card is expected to begin 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, seems to make UFC history by producing a third consecutive successful defence of his eponymous name — that’s 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) at UFC 198 in May 2016. Miocic then overcome Alistair Overeem in September that year-old knockout (punches) and got revenge on former champion Junior dos Santos in May 2017 with a first-round TKO (punches). Dos Santos handed Miocic his last 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, will be the biggest name in the game other than Conor McGregor, if McGregor ever fights again. “The Predator” only has devastating power — think Mike Tyson in his prime. Ngannou has yet to observe that the third round in some of his fights, along with his previous four’ve ended by either KO/TKO or entry within two minutes of the 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 rated heavyweights. Miocic, a former NCAA wrestler, will need this battle on the mat. He was past an underdog vs. Werdum.
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