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 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 amounts vs Volkan Oezdemir.
After those 2 events, most casual fans probably won’t understand another fighter on this card. Fortunately, I do and I’m here to help you understand the fights and possibly pad your bankroll.
Miocic has assembled his match around his world boxing abilities. He constantly probes together with his long jab, as he waits for his chance to counter. That being said, Miocic could be better when he is fighting in a phone booth with more energy in his short punches than many humans have, period. In addition, the reigning winner is a former D1 wrestler that has adapted his personality excellently to MMA. Ordinarily, these skills are used defensively but Miocic will also use them offensively to wear down opponents. If Miocic has one enormous drawback, it is his defense. He has a bad tendency to have a hit to provide a hit.
Ngannou is the epitome of physical development. “The Predator” is a mountain of a guy with an 83-inch reach and perhaps the hardest natural hitting power I’ve ever seen. A lot of individuals point to his power and natural athleticism but Ngannou’s awareness and sense when to counter-strike is that of someone well beyond his years. The grappling game is still raw but his natural ability helps him bully his rivals from the clinch. The actual question is whether Ngannou has the capability to get from his back if he gets taken down from an elite wrestler.
In the event that you were to ask me who the fighter is, I’d say Miocic. And I despise not financing a winner as an underdog. However, his tendency to take unnecessary punches is a recipe for failure vs Ngannou. One minor error by Miocic means this fight is over and that seems just like a”if” instead of an”if.”
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