The first UFC PPV of the year goes in Boston when UFC 220 takes into the TD Garden on January 20.
The top of the card features both title fights, as Stipe Miocic tries to derail the hype train of Francis Ngannou and Daniel Cormier seems to establish there are amounts vs Volkan Oezdemir.
After those 2 occasions, most casual fans likely will not understand another fighter on this card. Luckily, I do and I’m here to help you recognize the fights and maybe pad your bankroll.
Miocic has built his game around his world-class boxing abilities. He always probes with his long jab, as he waits for his opportunity to counter. That being said, Miocic might be better when he’s fighting in a phone booth with more energy in his short punches than most 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 will also use them offensively to wear down opponents. If Miocic has one enormous drawback, it’s his defense. He has a bad tendency to have a hit to give a hit.
Ngannou is basically the epitome of physical development. “The Predator” is a mountain of a man with an 83-inch reach and maybe the hardest natural hitting power I’ve ever noticed. A good deal of individuals point to his power and natural athleticism however Ngannou’s awareness and sense for when to counter-strike is that of somebody well beyond his years. The grappling game remains raw but his normal power helps him bully his opponents from the clinch. The actual question is if Ngannou has the capability to get off of his back when he has taken down from an elite wrestler.
In the event that you should ask me who the better fighter is, I would say Miocic. And I despise not financing a champion as an underdog. However, his tendency to take unnecessary punches is a recipe for failure vs Ngannou. One minor error by Miocic means this battle is finished and that seems like a”if” rather than an”if.”
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