The first UFC PPV of the year goes down in Boston when UFC 220 Happens 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 establish there are amounts vs Volkan Oezdemir.
After those two occasions, most casual fans probably won’t know another fighter on this card. Fortunately, I really do and I am here to help you understand the struggles and possibly pad your bankroll.
Miocic has built his match 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 might be better when he’s fighting in a phone booth with much more power in his short punches than many humans have, period. In addition, the reigning winner is a former D1 wrestler who has adapted his style excellently to MMA. Ordinarily, these abilities are used defensively but Miocic may also use them offensively to wear down opponents. In case Miocic has one big drawback, it is his defense. He’s got a bad tendency to have a hit to provide 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 noticed. A good deal of people point to his power and natural athleticism but Ngannou’s awareness and sense for when to counter-strike is that of someone well beyond his years. The grappling game is still raw technically but his natural ability helps him bully his opponents from the clinch. The real question is whether Ngannou has the capability to get from his back if he has taken down against an elite wrestler.
If you should ask me who the fighter is, I’d say Miocic. And I despise not financing a winner as an underdog. However, his inclination to take unnecessary punches is a recipe for disaster vs Ngannou. One minor mistake by Miocic means this fight is finished and that seems like a”when” rather than an”if.”
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