UFC 220: Miocic vs Ngannou Betting Odds and Predictions
The Initial UFC PPV of the year goes down in Boston when UFC 220 takes to the TD Garden on January 20.
The surface of the card features both name conflicts, as Stipe Miocic tries to derail the hype train of Francis Ngannou and Daniel Cormier looks to establish there are amounts vs Volkan Oezdemir.
After those two events, many casual fans likely won’t know another fighter on this card. Fortunately, I really do and I’m here to help you recognize the struggles and possibly pad your bankroll.
Miocic has assembled his game around his world-class boxing skills. He always probes together with his long jab, as he waits for his chance to counter. That being said, Miocic could be better if he’s fighting in a phone booth with more energy in his brief punches than most people have, period. In addition, the reigning champion is a former D1 wrestler that has adapted his personality excellently to MMA. Generally, these skills are used defensively but Miocic may also use them to wear down opponents. In case Miocic has one enormous drawback, it is his defense. He’s got a bad tendency to take a hit to give a hit.
Ngannou is the epitome of physical evolution. “The Predator” is a mountain of a guy with an 83-inch reach and perhaps the hardest natural hitting power I’ve ever seen. A lot of people point to his power and natural athleticism but Ngannou’s consciousness and sense when to counter-strike is that of somebody well beyond his years. The grappling game remains raw technically but his normal ability helps him bully his opponents from the clinch. The actual question is whether Ngannou has the capability to get from his back when he gets taken down against an elite wrestler.
If you should ask me who the better fighter is, I would say Miocic. And I despise not backing a winner as an underdog. However, his inclination to take unnecessary punches is a recipe for failure vs Ngannou. One minor mistake by Miocic signifies this battle is finished and that feels just like a”if” instead of an”if.”
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