The Initial UFC PPV of the year goes down in Boston when UFC 220 takes to the TD Garden on January 20.
The surface of the card features the two title fights, as Stipe Miocic attempts to derail the hype train of Francis Ngannou and Daniel Cormier looks to establish there are amounts vs Volkan Oezdemir.
After those 2 occasions, most casual fans likely will not know another fighter with this card. Fortunately, I do and I’m here to help you recognize the fights and maybe pad your bankroll.
Miocic has assembled his game around his world-class boxing abilities. He always probes with his long jab, as he waits for his chance to counter. That having been said, Miocic might be better when he’s fighting in a phone booth with more energy in his brief punches than most humans have, period. Additionally, the reigning winner is a former D1 wrestler that has adapted his personality excellently to MMA. Generally, these abilities are used defensively but Miocic may also use them offensively to wear down opponents. If Miocic has one enormous drawback, it’s his defense. He has a terrible tendency to have a hit to provide a hit.
Ngannou is basically the epitome of physical development. «The Predator» is a mountain of a man with an 83-inch reach and maybe the toughest natural hitting power I’ve ever seen. A good deal of people point to his ability and natural athleticism but Ngannou’s consciousness and feel for when to counter-strike is that of someone well beyond his years. The grappling match remains raw technically but his normal power helps him bully his opponents in the clinch. The real question is whether Ngannou has the ability to get off of his back if he has taken down from an elite wrestler.
If you should ask me who the fighter is, I would say Miocic. And I despise not financing a champion as an underdog. However, his tendency to take unnecessary punches is a recipe for failure vs Ngannou. 1 minor error by Miocic signifies this fight is over and that feels just like a»when» rather than an»if.»
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