The Initial 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 includes both title fights, as Stipe Miocic attempts to derail the hype train of Francis Ngannou and Daniel Cormier seems to prove there are levels vs Volkan Oezdemir.
After those two occasions, most casual fans likely won’t understand another fighter with this card. Fortunately, I do and I am here to help you understand the struggles and maybe pad your bankroll.
Miocic has assembled his game around his world-class boxing abilities. He constantly probes with his long jab, as he waits for his opportunity to counter. That having been said, Miocic might be better when he is fighting in a phone booth with more power in his brief 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 negative, it is his defense. He has a bad tendency to take 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 perhaps the toughest natural punching power I’ve ever noticed. A good deal of individuals point to his ability and natural athleticism but Ngannou’s awareness and sense for when to counter-strike is that of somebody well beyond his years. The grappling match remains raw technically but his natural power helps him bully his rivals from the clinch. The actual question is if Ngannou has the capability to get from his back if he gets taken down from an elite wrestler.
In the event that you should ask me who the better fighter is, I would say Miocic. And I hate not financing a champion as an underdog. However, his tendency to take unnecessary punches is a recipe for failure vs Ngannou. 1 minor mistake by Miocic signifies this fight is over and that seems like a”when” rather than an”if.”
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