The Initial UFC PPV of the year goes down in Boston when UFC 220 Happens to the TD Garden on January 20.
The surface of the card features both 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 two events, most casual fans probably will not know another fighter on this card. Luckily, I do and I’m here to help you recognize the struggles and maybe pad your bankroll.
Miocic has assembled his match around his world boxing skills. He constantly probes together with his long jab, as he waits for his chance to counter. That being said, Miocic might be better if he’s fighting in a phone booth with much more energy in his brief punches than many humans have, period. In addition, the reigning champion 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 to wear down opponents. If Miocic has one big negative, it’s his defense. He’s got a bad tendency to take a hit to provide a hit.
Ngannou is basically the epitome of physical evolution. «The Predator» is a mountain of a guy with an 83-inch reach and maybe the hardest natural punching power I’ve ever noticed. A lot of individuals point to his ability and natural athleticism but Ngannou’s consciousness and sense for when to counter-strike is that of someone well beyond his years. The grappling match remains raw but his natural ability helps him bully his rivals in the clinch. The real question is whether Ngannou has the ability to get from his back when he has pulled down against an elite wrestler.
In the event that you should ask me who the better fighter is, I’d say Miocic. And I hate not financing a winner as an underdog. However, his tendency to take unnecessary punches is a recipe for disaster vs Ngannou. 1 minor error by Miocic means this fight is finished and that feels like a»when» instead of an»if.»
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