The first UFC PPV of the year goes in Boston when UFC 220 takes into the TD Garden on January 20.
The surface of the card features both name conflicts, 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 won’t know another fighter with this card. Fortunately, I really do and I am here to help you understand the fights and possibly pad your bankroll.
Miocic has built his game around his world-class boxing skills. He always probes with his long jab, as he waits for his chance to counter. That having been said, Miocic could be better when he’s fighting in a phone booth with more power in his short punches than most humans have, period. Additionally, the reigning winner is a former D1 wrestler who has adapted his personality excellently to MMA. Ordinarily, these abilities are used defensively but Miocic will also use them offensively to wear down opponents. In case Miocic has one big drawback, it is his defense. He’s got a terrible 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 perhaps the hardest natural hitting power I’ve ever noticed. A lot of people point to his power and natural athleticism however Ngannou’s awareness and feel for when to counter-strike is that of somebody well beyond his years. The grappling match is still raw technically but his natural ability helps him bully his rivals in the clinch. The real question is if Ngannou has the ability to get off of his back when he has taken down from an elite wrestler.
In the event that you were to ask me who the fighter is, I would say Miocic. And I hate not backing a winner as an underdog. However, his tendency to take unnecessary punches is a recipe for disaster vs Ngannou. One minor mistake by Miocic signifies this fight is finished and that seems just like a”if” rather than an”if.”
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