Ahead of every UFC fight card, Jay Primetown of MMA Oddsbreaker takes a peek at a few of the essential competitions at every function. In the most recent installment, we consider the main event of UFC 220 since Stipe Miocic defends his heavyweight championship against Francis Ngannou. That is Francis Ngannou’s first major event and first time fighting for the UFC heavyweight championship, despite this, he is nevertheless the betting favorite.
Stipe Miocic (Record: 17-2, +165 Underdog, Power Ranking: A+)
The 35-year-old life Ohio native has been 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 rear of a knockout victory over dos Santos in their rematch in May 2017. In case Miocic beats dos Santos, he’ll break the record for consecutive title defenses at heavyweight using three.
Miocic is among the most athletes at the heavyweight division. In addition to wrestling, he also played baseball in college, even drawing interest from some 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 solid hands and operates a very high rate for a heavyweight landing a whopping 5.15 significant strikes a minute. In comparison, he is just absorbing 3.30 significant strikes per second with 61 percent defense that is striking.
Miocic combines his striking wrestling grading over two takedowns each 15 minutes inside the octagon. Miocic isn’t the division’s hardest puncher, but he moves very well and has shown an ability to prevent taking much damage. Miocic includes a good motor complete and may even work a decent pace late in fights. On the reverse side, he could be hurt by competitions. He was stunned by Overeem just a couple bouts past, so that’s something to watch for moving forward.
Francis Ngannou (Record: 11-1, -175 Favorite, Power Ranking: A+)
On a six fight winning streak to start his UFC career, Francis Ngannou has rapidly risen to be a true danger to Stipe Miocic’s crown. He’s finished all six of his UFC competitions with his last four successes all coming within the opening two minutes of these bouts.
The Cameroon born heavyweight began training in boxing in his native Cameroon before proceeding to France at the age of 22. He had been homeless for a time period, residing in the streets of Paris because he picked up odd jobs here and there before he joined up at MMA Factory and developed into a fighter. He never return and started fighting professionally in 2013.
The 6’4″ heavyweight has one of the longest reaches MMA at 83″ inches. His output is small for a heavyweight at 3.41 significant strikes every second. He has substantial power in his hands (seven career knockouts), but he’s not a fighter who looks to brawl. He is fairly patient time his chances. When he feels a finish, he’ll go for it.
From an athletic standpoint, he is about as good as there is in the UFC. He is muscular, extremely powerful, and agile. He’s a fighter that could do things that other fighters can’t do within the Octagon. The majority of his endings have come early in fights; Ngannou has not been pushed yet so it is a complete unknown what kind of pace he would struggle at if pressed into the tournament rounds. His takedown defense is decent, but it is not elite therefore he can be carried down to the mat by wrestling concentrated fighters.
His brow has seldom been analyzed. His striking defense is excellent absorbing just 1.46 significant strikes per minute with 60percent defense that is striking. He had been staggered by Curtis Blaydes in his next UFC fight, but recovered fast and ended up dropping by doctor stoppage. That is the only time. That was a rare moment of a fluke or weakness. Until he is analyzed again, it will be tough to tell the way he deals with adversity.

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