Stipe Miocic, the UFC’s heavyweight champion, has won seventeen fights and only lost two. The champion has been a favorite to win for most of his career, but that is not the case as he goes to Boston this Saturday for UFC 220. Miocic will defend his title against Francis Ngannou, who is considered a formidable opponent as he has one loss and eleven wins. Ngannou is a favorite in the betting books as he is listed as -175, meaning that a bet of $175 will yield the gambler a $100 in winnings. Miocic’s listing of +145 is renditioned as a bet of $100 will yield a return of $145.
Ngannou earned an opportunity at Miocic’s title when he starched Alistair Overeem at UFC 218. The knockout that Ngannou delivered to Overeem, which happened seven weeks ago, was voted as the Knockout of the Year. Ngannou has won his last six fights in the UFC, with five fights ending in a knockout and one fight in submission. Ngannou’s last four fights did not go past the first round.
Miocic’s Game Plan
Miocic is not perturbed about not being the favorite, and he is planning on using his disfavored status as motivation. Miocic looks to reclaim his stature as a behemoth in the UFC by knocking out Ngannou. Miocic has also knocked out Overeem during the first round when he defended his title for the first time.
The other title that will be defended at UFC 220 is the light-heavyweight title. Defending champion Daniel Cormier will make his return to fight Volkan Oezdemir after being defeated by Jon Jones in July last year. Jones later tested positive for an illegal substance and the decision was changed to a no contest.
Oezdemir is from Switzerland is a proficient fighter, who has several first-round victories. Some of the victories took less than a minute. Despite Oezdemir’s impressive performances, he, like Miocic, is not considered a favorite going into the fight. Oezdemir is listed as +255 in the gambling books whilst Cormier is a favorite at -335. Many have questioned Oezdemir’s experience, which is the reason for his disfavor.