Getting big is applicable again in fighting. Throughout the past year or so, both boxing and MMA have seen somewhat of a rebirth in the heavyweight divisions with Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Stipe Miocic rising through the ranks as the best on the planet. And with top winners brings some of the best opponents, and on Saturday night in Boston, Miocic is going to be the first to reply a truly tough test.
The current UFC heavyweight champion is set to take on perhaps the funniest puncher in MMA when he squares off from Francis Ngannou at the main event at TD Garden. Ngannou (11-1, 7 KOs) has won all five of his fights since joining the organization and all coming via KO/TKO with not one getting beyond the second round. His brutal knockout of high competition Alistair Overeem in UFC 218 might happen to be the most barbarous knockout of this year.
However, Miocic remains his collected and calm self ahead of his latest challenge. Miocic (17-2, 13 KOs) can also be on a five-fight knockout streak and stays only one win short of becoming the longest reigning heavyweight champion in business history.
“I’m so utilized to it now,” Miocic said during his receptive workout on Wednesday. “I love being the underdog because I shut everyone up. That is exactly what this game’s all about — it is like’The Jerry Springer Show’… I’m walking out’and .’ No one (else) is going to be champion until I depart.
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