UFC 220 BETTING PREVIEW AND ODDS: MIOCIC VS. NGANNOU

Ahead of every UFC fight card, Jay Primetown of all MMA Oddsbreaker takes a peek at some of the key competitions at each event. In the most recent installment, we consider the primary event of UFC 220 as Stipe Miocic defends his heavyweight championship against Francis Ngannou. This can be Francis Ngannou’s initial main event and first time fighting for the UFC heavyweight championship, despite this, he is still the betting favorite. Stipe Miocic (Record: 17-2, +165 Underdog, Power Ranking: A+) The 35-year-old lifetime Ohio native was on a tear, winning his last five fights since a decision loss to Junior dos Santos at 2014. He enters Saturday’s title fight on the back of a knockout victory over dos Santos in their rematch in May 2017. In case Miocic beats dos Santos, then he will break the record for consecutive title defenses at heavyweight with three. Miocic is one of the most well-rounded athletes in the heavyweight division. Besides wrestling, he played baseball in school, even drawing interest from a Major League Baseball teams. In reference to MMA, he’s got an amateur boxing history competing in the Golden Gloves competition. Miocic is a good striker having strong hands and works an extremely large pace for a heavyweight landing a whopping 5.15 significant strikes a minute. In contrast, he is just absorbing 3.30 significant strikes per minute with 61 percent defense that is striking. Miocic mixes his striking with wrestling scoring over two takedowns each 15 minutes inside the octagon. Miocic is not the division’s hardest puncher, but he moves really well and has shown an ability to avoid taking much damage. Miocic has a good motor overall and can even work an adequate pace late in fights. On the side, opponents can hurt him. He was amazed by Overeem just a couple bouts ago, so that is something to watch for moving ahead. Francis Ngannou (Record: 11-1, -175 Favorite, Power Ranking: A+) On a six battle winning streak to start his UFC career, Francis Ngannou has quickly risen to be a real danger to Stipe Miocic’s crown. He’s completed all six of his UFC opponents with his past four successes all coming over the opening two minutes of these bouts. The Cameroon born heavyweight began training in boxing in his native Cameroon before proceeding to France at age 22. He had been homeless for a period of time, residing in the streets of Paris as he picked up odd jobs here and there until he joined up in MMA Factory and turned to a fighter. He never return and began fighting professionally in 2013. The 6’4″ heavyweight has among the longest reaches in MMA at 83″ inches. His output is small for a stride in 3.41 significant strikes per minute. He’s got heavy power in his hands (seven career knockouts), but he’s not a fighter that appears to brawl. He’s fairly patient time his opportunities. He’ll do it, when a finish is sensed by him. From an athletic standpoint, he is about as good as there is in the UFC. He is muscular, extremely powerful, and nimble. He is a fighter that could do things that other fighters cannot do within the Octagon. The majority of his endings have come in conflicts; Ngannou hasn’t yet been pushed yet so it’s a complete unknown what kind of pace he’d fight at if pushed into the championship rounds. His takedown defense is decent, but it’s not elite so he could be taken down to the mat by wrestling concentrated fighters. On the feet, his brow has been analyzed. His striking defense is excellent absorbing only 1.46 significant strikes per minute with 60percent defense that is striking. He had been staggered by Curtis Blaydes in his second UFC struggle, but recovered fast and ended up winning by doctor stoppage. That’s the only time he has been contested. That was a rare moment of weakness or a fluke. Until he is analyzed again, it is going to be tough to tell the way he deals with adversity. Read more: https://conservativewatchnews.org/mlb/odds
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