UFC 220 Preview: Miocic vs Ngannou

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UFC 220 will be held at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on Sunday 21st January (AEDT) and it is headlined by a highly-anticipated UFC Heavyweight Championship fight between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou.

Stipe Miocic may be the UFC Heavyweight Champion, but it is Francis Ngannou that will go into this bout as favourite following six dominant wins in as many fights in the UFC.

The co-Main Event is another title fight and Daniel Cormier will be in action for the first time since he was reinstated as champion following his defeat at the hands of Jon Jones at UFC 214.

He will defend his title against Volkan Oedzemir, who has an outstanding record of 15-1.

We are set for a simply outstanding afternoon of Mixed Martial Arts action and our complete UFC 220 tips can be found below.

UFC 220 Main Card Australian Time

Sunday 21st January 1pm AEDT

Main Event

Stipe Miocic Vs Francis Ngannou

UFC Heavyweight Championship

This Heavyweight title belt has the makings of being one for the ages. Stipe Miocic has, by all means, been a dominant champion in a division which is difficult to string together wins. He is up against a challenger in which the UFC has never seen the likes of before. The hype surrounding Francis Ngannou is reminiscent of when a young Mike Tyson entered the boxing world 30 years ago.

If Miocic was the to win this contest he would have defended his belt more times then any other Heavyweight in UFC history and would have claims to being the best ever in the division.

Every time Miocic has won a fight by stoppage in the UFC it has been by KO and he is an incredible striker however many pundits are suggestions his best chance against Ngannou is on the ground.

The reasoning for this suggested game plan for Miocic is not because of his strong ground game but rather because everyone that has tried to stand with Ngannou has been devastatingly knocked out.

Alistair Overeem, in his fight against Ngannou, attempted to take down his opponent straight away and failed miserably, lasting mere seconds after the referee broke the pair away from the fence.

This is by far the biggest challenge that Ngannou has faced in his short UFC career but this guy is a raging bull that will plough through anything that gets in his way and I am tipping that we will have a new Heavyweight champion.

Back Francis Ngannou To Win By KO @ $1.72

Co-Main Event

Daniel Cormier Vs Volkan Oezdemir

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship

Daniel Cormier was handed back his Light Heavyweight belt when his last fight to Jon Jones was declared a No Contest after a failed a drug test.

He defends his belt again here against Volkan Oezdemir who has been impressive since dropping down a division and winning his 3 fights so far in the UFC.

Cormier has grounds to be considered the greatest UFC Light Heavyweight of all time with the only blemish on his record being against Jon Jones who is now irrelevant.

Despite his incredible skills as a wrestler and grappler, Cormier is an underrated striker as evident in his last fight.

Oezdemir’s debut into the UFC was a less than convincing split decision before two impressive first round knock outs presented him with an unlikely shot at the title.

Oezdemir’s sheer power and timing are not to be underestimated by the champion however he may struggle if the fight goes to ground.

Daniel Cormier has not shied away from the fact that Volkan Oezdemir is not up to this level of MMA and we tend to agree. He has also mentioned he will win the fight on the ground.

Back Daniel Cormier To Win Via A Submission @ $2.88

Main Card

Calvin Kattar Vs Shane Burgos

Featherweight Division

This fight sees two relatively new UFC Featherweight fighters do battle inside the octagon.

Katter made his UFC debut on 2 weeks notice at UFC 214 and won a unanimous decision.

He is not a newcomer to the sport however, having over 10 years experience in MMA as a fighter and promoter.

Shane Burgos is yet to be defeated in all competitions and he has 1 KO and two decision wins from 3 fights to his name in the UFC.

This is a great opportunity for two hungry fighters and should be an entertaining fight however neither Featherweight fighter is known for their striking ability and it is tough to envisage the fighter being stopped before 3 rounds is up.

Back The Fight To Go The Distance @ $1.64

Gian Villante Vs Francimar Barroso

Light Heavyweight Division

Another interesting Light Heavyweight fight awaits us at UFC 220.

Gian Villante has lost 4 of his last 6 fights in the UFC however his last fight was an extremely close split decision loss to Patrick Cummins.

He has been a professional since 2009 and was on the initial list who entered the UFC in 2013 after Strikeforce folded.

He is up against Francimar Barroso who is a very crafty and well rounded fighter. He has 1 win from his last 4 fights which included a No Contest.

This is a difficult fight to assess between two very experienced men who will be desperate for victory.

I’ll be happy just to watch.

No Bet

Thomas Almeida Vs Rob Font

Bantamweight Division

This fight pits the #10 and #15 ranked Bantamweight contenders against each other.

Thomas Almeida is a stand up brawler who will throw down with the best of them.

He was relentless in his KO win of Albert Morales before a unanimous decision loss against 4th ranked contender Jimmie Rivera in his last fight.

Rob Font lost his last fight via submission king Pedro Munhoz in a truly amazing Guillotine.

He won his previous two fights which included his own impressive Guillotine against Douglas Silva de Andrade.

This is another very interesting fight between two talented fighters.

This contest hinges on whether the fight is fought standing up or on the ground. My prediction is that Almeida will not afford Font the opportunity for a takedown through the pure amount of pressure he will apply.

Back Thomas Almeida To Win @ $1.81

Preliminary Card

 

Kyle Bochniak Vs Brandon Davis

Featherweight Division

Abdul Razak Alhassan Vs Sabah Homasi

Welterweight Division

Dustin Ortiz Vs Alexandre Pantoja

Flyweight Division

Dan Ige Vs Julio Arce

Featherweight Division

Enrique Barzola Vs Matt Bessette

Featherweight Division

Islam Makhachev Vs Gleison Tibau

Lightweight Division