UFC 220 fight card — Miocic vs. Ngannou: Predictions, odds, lines, prelims
Getting big is applicable again in fighting. Over the past year or so, both boxing and MMA have seen somewhat of a rebirth from the heavyweight divisions with Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Stipe Miocic rising through the ranks as the best on the planet. And with top champions brings out a few of the greatest opponents, and on Saturday night in Boston, Miocic will be the first to answer a really tough test.
The existing UFC heavyweight champion is set to carry on possibly the scariest puncher in MMA when he squares off against Francis Ngannou at the main event at TD Garden. Ngannou (11-1, 7 KOs) has won five of his fights since joining the organization and all coming via KO/TKO with none getting past the next round. His brutal knockout of high contender Alistair Overeem in UFC 218 might have been the most barbarous knockout of the year.
However, Miocic remains his collected and calm self ahead of his challenge. Miocic (17-2, 13 KOs) is also on a five-fight knockout streak and sits only one win short of becoming the longest reigning heavyweight champion in business history.
“I’m so utilized to it now,” Miocic stated throughout his receptive workout on Wednesday. “I love being the underdog since I shut everyone up. That’s what this sport’s all about — it is like’The Jerry Springer Show’… I’m walking ‘and still.’ No one (else) will be winner until I depart.
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