The Initial UFC PPV of the year goes in Boston when UFC 220 Happens to the TD Garden on January 20.
The top of the card features the two title fights, as Stipe Miocic tries to derail the hype train of Francis Ngannou and Daniel Cormier seems to prove there are levels vs Volkan Oezdemir.
After those 2 occasions, most casual fans probably will not know another fighter with this card. Luckily, I do and I am here to help you recognize the fights and maybe pad your bankroll.
Miocic has built his match around his world-class boxing abilities. He always probes with his long jab, as he waits for his chance to counter. That being said, Miocic could be better when he’s fighting in a phone booth with much more energy in his short punches than most people have, period. Additionally, the reigning champion is a former D1 wrestler that has adapted his style excellently to MMA. Generally, these skills are used defensively but Miocic will also use them offensively to wear down opponents. If Miocic has one enormous negative, it is his defense. He has a bad tendency to take a hit to provide a hit.
Ngannou is basically the epitome of physical evolution. “The Predator” is a mountain of a guy with an 83-inch reach and perhaps the hardest natural hitting power I’ve ever noticed. A lot of people point to his ability and natural athleticism however Ngannou’s awareness and sense for when to counter-strike is that of someone well beyond his years. The grappling game remains raw but his normal power helps him bully his rivals in the clinch. The actual question is whether Ngannou has the ability to get from his back if he has pulled down against an elite wrestler.
If you should ask me who the better fighter is, I would say Miocic. And I hate not backing a champion as an underdog. However, his tendency to carry unnecessary punches is a recipe for failure vs Ngannou. 1 minor error by Miocic signifies this fight is finished and that seems just like a”if” instead of an”if.”
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