The Initial UFC PPV of the year goes down in Boston when UFC 220 takes into the TD Garden on January 20.
The surface of the card includes both name conflicts, as Stipe Miocic tries to derail the hype train of Francis Ngannou and Daniel Cormier seems to prove there are levels vs Volkan Oezdemir.
After those 2 events, most casual fans likely will not know another fighter on this card. Fortunately, I do and I am here to help you understand the fights and maybe pad your bankroll.
Miocic has built his game around his world boxing skills. He constantly probes with his long jab, as he waits for his opportunity to counter. That having been said, Miocic could be better when he’s fighting in a phone booth with more power in his brief punches than most people have, period. Additionally, the reigning winner is a former D1 wrestler that 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’s got a terrible tendency to have a hit to give a hit.
Ngannou is the epitome of physical development. “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 however Ngannou’s awareness and feel for when to counter-strike is that of somebody well beyond his years. The grappling game remains raw technically but his natural power helps him bully his opponents from the clinch. The actual question is if Ngannou has the capability to get off of his back if he gets taken down from an elite wrestler.
In the event that you were to ask me who the better fighter is, I’d say Miocic. And I hate not financing a champion as an underdog. However, his inclination to take unnecessary punches is a recipe for disaster vs Ngannou. One minor error by Miocic means this battle is finished and that feels like a”if” rather than an”if.”
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