The Initial UFC PPV of the year goes in Boston when UFC 220 Happens to the TD Garden on January 20.
The surface of the card features the two title fights, as Stipe Miocic tries to derail the hype train of Francis Ngannou and Daniel Cormier looks to prove there are levels vs Volkan Oezdemir.
After those 2 occasions, many casual fans likely won’t know another fighter on this card. Fortunately, I really do and I’m here to help you understand the fights and maybe pad your bankroll.
Miocic has built his match around his world-class boxing skills. He constantly probes with his long jab, as he waits for his opportunity to counter. That being said, Miocic could be better when he is fighting in a phone booth with more power in his brief punches than many people have, period. Additionally, the reigning winner is a former D1 wrestler that has adapted his personality excellently to MMA. Generally, these skills are used defensively but Miocic will also use them to wear down opponents. In case Miocic has one enormous drawback, it’s his defense. He’s got a terrible tendency to have a hit to give a hit.
Ngannou is the epitome of physical development. “The Predator” is a mountain of a man with an 83-inch reach and maybe the toughest natural punching power I’ve ever seen. A lot of people point to his ability and natural athleticism however Ngannou’s consciousness and sense when to counter-strike is that of someone well beyond his years. The grappling game is still raw but his natural power helps him bully his rivals from the clinch. The real question is whether Ngannou has the ability to get off of his back if he has taken down from an elite wrestler.
In the event that you were to ask me who the better fighter is, I’d say Miocic. And I despise not backing a winner as an underdog. However, his tendency to carry unnecessary punches is a recipe for disaster vs Ngannou. One minor mistake by Miocic means this fight is finished and that seems like a”when” rather than an”if.”
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