UFC 220 fight card — Miocic vs. Ngannou: Predictions, odds, lines, prelims


Being big is relevant again in combating. Throughout the past year or so, both boxing and MMA have seen a bit of a rebirth in the heavyweight divisions with Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Stipe Miocic rising through the ranks as the best in the world. With top champions brings out some of the greatest opponents, and on Saturday night in Boston, Miocic is going to be the first to answer a really tough test.
The existing UFC heavyweight champion is set to take on perhaps the scariest puncher at MMA when he squares off from Francis Ngannou at the main event at TD Garden. Ngannou (11-1, 7 KOs) has won five of his fights since joining the company and all coming via KO/TKO with none getting past the next round. His brutal knockout of high competition Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 might happen to be the most barbarous knockout of this year.
However, Miocic stays his calm and collected ahead of his latest challenge. Miocic (17-2, 13 KOs) is also on a five-fight knockout streak and stays just one win short of being the longest reigning heavyweight champion in company history.
“I’m so used to it now,” Miocic said during his open workout on Wednesday. “I love being the underdog since I shut everyone up. That’s exactly what this game’s all about — it is like’The Jerry Springer Show’… I am walking out’and .’ No one (else) is going to be champion until I leave.

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