The first UFC PPV of the year goes down in Boston when UFC 220 takes to the TD Garden on January 20.
The top of the card includes both name conflicts, as Stipe Miocic tries to derail the hype train of Francis Ngannou and Daniel Cormier looks to establish there are amounts vs Volkan Oezdemir.
After those 2 occasions, most casual fans likely won’t know another fighter on this card. Luckily, I really do and I am here to help you understand the fights and possibly pad your bankroll.
Miocic has built his match around his world-class boxing abilities. He constantly probes together with his long jab, as he waits for his opportunity to counter. That being said, Miocic might be better if he is fighting in a phone booth with much more energy in his brief punches than many humans have, period. Additionally, the reigning winner is a former D1 wrestler who has adapted his personality excellently to MMA. Generally, these skills are used defensively but Miocic may also use them offensively to wear down opponents. In case Miocic has one enormous negative, it is his defense. He has a terrible tendency to have 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 maybe the hardest natural hitting power I’ve ever seen. A good deal of people point to his ability and natural athleticism but Ngannou’s awareness and sense when to counter-strike is that of somebody well beyond his years. The grappling game is still raw but his normal ability helps him bully his rivals in the clinch. The actual question is if Ngannou has the capability to get off of his back when he gets pulled down against an elite wrestler.
In the event that you were to ask me who the better fighter is, I would say Miocic. And I hate not backing a champion as an underdog. However, his inclination to carry unnecessary punches is a recipe for disaster vs Ngannou. 1 minor error by Miocic means this fight is over and that feels like a”when” rather than an”if.”
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