The UFC 220 card features Stipe Miocic defending his Heavyweight Championship against the fearsome Francis Ngannou, and Daniel Cormier and Volkan Oezdemir squaring off for the Light Heavyweight belt! Palmerbet Sports Team preview both bouts.
- Cormier – 19-1-0 (6 wins by KO)
- Oezdemir – 15-1-0 (11 wins by KO)
- Cormier no contest versus Jon Jones @ UFC 214, Anaheim California on July 29 2017 (originally KO win for Jones, overturned after positive drug test)
- Oezdemir def Jimi Manuwa (KO) @ 214, Anaheim California on July 29 2017
Final Thoughts: Daniel Cormier puts his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on the line in his first fight since being knocked out by Jon Jones six months ago. Cornier was reinstated as champion after Jones returned a positive drug test, retaining a 19-1 career record with his only official loss coming against Jones by decision in 2015.
Swiss challenger Volkan Oezdemir has a 15-1 record, including 11 wins by knockout; his sole loss was to Kelly Anundson by submission in 2014. The 28-year-old is a punching machine and his best chance is going hard at Cormier – 10 years his senior – early on. Cormier’s strengths lie in his striking and an ability to execute a takedown, which Oezdemir has to avoid at all costs.
Oezdemir is a worthy opponent, but the champ deserves his favouritism here. Cormier hasn’t won a fight by knockout in almost four years, however, and a victory by submission looms as the best option.
- Miocic – 17-2-0 (13 wins by KO)
- Ngannou – 11-1-0 (7 wins by KO).
- Miocic def Junior dos Santos (TKO) @ UFC 211, Dallas, Texas on May 13, 2017
- Ngannou def Alistair Overeem (KO) @ UFC 218, Detroit, Michigan on December 2, 2017
Final Thoughts: In the headline event of UFC 220, American ex-boxer Stipe Miocic defends his Heavyweight Championship title against Cameroonian-French powerhouse Francis Ngannou, who specialises in boxing and savate.
The 35-year-old Miocic has a 17-2 career record in MMA, including 13 wins by knockout. He won the title from Fabricio Werdum in Brazil in 2016 and has defended it twice, but has not fought since accounting for Junior dos Santos in May – his fourth straight first-round KO or TKO win. Ngannou has an 11-1 record, winning his last 10 fights in a row – seven coming by knockout. The 31-year-old is fresh off a victory over Alistair Overeem just last month – his fourth first-round win in a row, and the winner of the Knockout of the Year award for 2017.
The chances of this one going the distance appear remote, but warm favourite Ngannou’s outstanding ability to avoid being put on the mat – and thus subjected to a Miocic barrage – put him in a great position to become the UFC’s first African-born champion. .