The UFC has not seen a scarier heavyweight than Francis Ngannou at a really long time. He chooses in Boston on Stipe Miocic for the championship belt Saturday.
We are only in the third week of January, however, the UFC could have trouble staging a better card at the top at 2018 than UFC 220 on Saturday night in TD Garden at Boston. It is headlined by a heavyweight title bout between champion Stipe Miocic and frightening Francis Ngannou. The five-fight main card is predicted to begin at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Following is a peek at those bouts and their MMA odds.
UFC 220 Miocic vs. Ngannou Odds
Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou
Records: Miocic (17-2), Ngannou (11-1)
UFC Odds: Miocic +130, Ngannou -160 Prediction: Ngannou by KO/TKO
The American Miocic, 35, looks to make UFC history by making a third consecutive successful defence of his heavyweight title — that’s never been done before. Miocic has won five fights in a row overall and took the belt from Fabricio Werdum by first-round knockout (punches) in UFC 198 in May 2016. Miocic then overcome Alistair Overeem in September that year by first-round knockout (punches) and got revenge on former winner Junior dos Santos in May 2017 with a first-round TKO (punches). Dos Santos handed Miocic his last lossback in December 2014. A total of 13 of the 17 wins of Miocic have come by KO/TKO.
Ngannou, a 31-year-old out of Cameroon, will be the biggest name in the sport aside from Conor McGregor, if McGregor ever fights again. “The Predator” only has catastrophic power — think Mike Tyson in his prime. Ngannou has yet to see that the third round in any of his struggles, along with his previous four’ve ended by KO/TKO or submission in just two minutes of their first round. Ngannou ruined Overeem in December with a punch, and during 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 fight on the mat. He was last an underdog vs. Werdum.