MMAjunkie Radio co-host and MMAjunkie contributor, Dan Tom, provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC 220's main card fights. Today, we look at the main event.
UFC 220 takes place on Saturday at TD Garden in Boston. The main card, which includes two title fights, is broadcast on PPV following the prelims in FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
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Stipe Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC)  Stapling Information:
- Height: 6 "4" Age: 35 Weight: 246 lbs. : 80 "
- Last fight: Knockout wins Junior two Saints (May 13, 2017)
- Camp: Strong Style Fight Team (Cleavland, OH)
- Position / attack style: orthodox / kickboxing
- ] Risk Management: Just
+ UFC Heavyweight Champion
+ Golden Gloves Winner
+ NCAA Division. 1 fighter
+ MMA regional title
+ 14 KO wins
+ 9 first laps
+ KO power
+ aggressive pace and pressure
+ Excellent footwork
] + Good sense inside the pocket
^ Pulls and returns well
+ Dangerous right hand
^ Counters well out of inner parry
+ Solid dismantling transitions
^ Favors simple head-out
+ Good positional games
^ Active ground forward
Francis Ngannou (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC)
- Height: 6 & # 39; 4 "Age: 31 Weight: 262 lbs Scope: 83 "
- Last fight: elimination victory over Alistair Overeem (December 2, 2017)
- Camp: UFC Performance Institute (Las Vegas, NV)
- Posture style / amazing : orthodox / kickboxing
- Risk management: Fair
Supplementary information :
+ MMA regional awards
+ 6 KO victories
+ 4 submission victories
+ 7 first round finals
+ KO power
+ Athletic and agile
^ Maintains composure and endurance
+ solid feints and footwork
^ Handles distance well
+ Accurate left hand
^ Jabs, crosses, shovel / control hooks
+ Hard knees inside the clinch
+ improved dismantling defense
^ strong hips and foundations
+ good lifting capacity
^ knowledge of cage and underhook
+ 100 percent finishing rate
Summary:  The main event in Boston presents an unmissable battle for the heavyweight championship when Stipe Miocic seeks to defend his belt nst Francis Ngannou.
Since the heavyweight division is volatile by nature, the organization has yet to see a champion successfully defend its title more than twice. Miocic will be the next man to hit in that regard, but breaking this record will not be easy considering who is in the way of the champion.
An amalgam of muscles and skill, Ngannou has injected a new life to force weight class that needs it. Now, after moving from being a homeless immigrant to a prospect in less than five years, Ngannou will attempt to complete his incredible journey with a championship belt.
As many now know, Ngannou came from Cameroon with basically nothing and was only presented to MMA shortly after arriving in Paris in 2013.
Then, keeping this in mind, it is Ngannou's intellectual quarrel and the speed of the technical progressions, not their physical, what impresses me the most.
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Whether he's throwing straight shots or varying his patent spikes and shovel hooks, Ngannou seems to prefer driving traffic from his left hand. Even with the chance to fight from a left-handed position, Ngannou shows comfort and competence by throwing his left cross that approaches and leaves the counter.
Using feints and pivoting very close, the 31-year-old maintains a good sense of space, handling the distance well when he wishes.
However impressive the Ngannou movement may be, it is not beyond being hit as it progresses, which makes the surprising dynamics of this pairing convincing.
Enter the champion.
Winner of Golden Gloves boxing even before starting his career in MMA, we have seen Miocic continue to improve his blow. Although his athletic ability and experience in the fight add an undeniable dimension to his game, it is the work that Miocic does in small spaces that is so impressive.
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Similar to a heavyweight version of Frankie Edgar, Miocic will constantly work behind a series of punctures and feints, walking slightly off-angle in search of his counter or tracking shots.
Moving as well laterally as he makes it in and out, Miocic shows a good sense of things in his pocket, pulling and returning his punches almost supernaturally.
Whether you are using your patent inside slippery stops or steps to one side, it is your right hand ram that Ngannou will try to avoid. Having said that, Miocic should also maintain its best behavior, especially if you consider that its style also allows incoming traffic.
Assuming none of the two ice the other in the first stanzas, I suspect that the outcome of this fight could depend on the fight and clinch exchanges.
Given the dynamics of this pairing, Miocic will be the man with more reasons to take this fight to the floor.
Despite having somewhat reluctantly relied on his fighting skills in recent times. years, I have to imagine that those skills are still intact for the champion. Whether you're entering a double-legged release or chaining a single, Miocic has shown a good takedown game when he needs it.
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However, grounding Ngannou seems to be a task that has become increasingly difficult. Accustomed to his opposition trying to knock him down for a while, Ngannou has already spent the early stages of his career having to defend demolitions from a fence or barrier.
Extending its 6-foot-4 frame in a wide When arriving at the base, the Cameroonian contender remains calm and compiles, all the while using defensive fundamentals step by step. Ngannou also shows a surprising amount of muscular endurance in these positions despite his constitution, quietly keeping crunches without signs of giving, nor regret.
When he turns his back, Ngannou shows a solid awareness of the grips, using wrist controls and neck ties to fuel his submissive attempts or transitions.
Even in his first and only loss (approximately four months after being presented to MMA), Ngannou already showed a subtle understanding of the complexities involved in preliminary work, deftly defending armbars and other precarious positions. Since then, the 31-year-old has only improved, as I have to imagine that he trained in the United States last year and helped his already amazing tendencies.
Bettors and the public apparently endorsed the challenger since the line opened, listing Ngannou -190 and Miocic +160 at the time of writing.
Although playing the Miocic caliber champion a homeless person may feel disrespectful on paper, I can see why public and professional opinions lean towards Ngannou. It's a captivating talent that seems to break its potential ceiling every time it comes out, and its speed and power feel more palpable since Miocic likes to make hay.
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Still, the reminder of Miocic's base of struggle will be the imminent question that many will be waiting to see if Ngannou can answer.
Optimistically, I would like to think that Miocic can and will dust off your disassembly chops after using the first few minutes to set things up. The problem, however, is whether Miocic will be able to keep Ngannou defeated
. Miocic has never been known as a positional control specialist on mats, since he is more of a terrestrial and libertine opportunist who floats and mounts in a fashion conservative but intelligent. And considering that the champion still has to demonstrate submission skills to threaten escape routes or establish traps in transit, then Ngannous's stunning and athletic game will probably have a lot of play.
For that reason, I think that setting up half guard will make the difference between winning and losing for Miocic.
The half guard is not only a notorious offensive position for the fighters in MMA (Randy Couture wing), but it is also one of the best places to be if you are trying to stop a fight / slow down the fight. Against palpable threats like Mark Hunt and the late Shane del Rosario, we would see Miocic go to his half guard game several times.
By securing a lateral hook on the opposite side with immediacy, Miocic was able to stop the momentum of his opponent and cancel the attempts. From there, Miocic was free to punish his opponent with short elbows that allowed him to do damage without creating spaces large enough to entangle and escape. That said, I'm not sure things will progress that far.
The pressure is what makes the Miocic game work, but it is also what exposes it to the inclement weather. In addition, the common guilty position of Miocic has traditionally been left-handed attacks, a specialty of Ngannou. If the champion fails to score exchanges or defeat the challenger in the first, then I finally see Ngannou score the knockout in the second.
Official selection: Ngannou within the distance
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