To kick off 2018, UFC is kicking off their PPV schedule in style with a double Championship event this Saturday in Boston for UFC 220.
In the main event, Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic looks to become the first UFC fighter to defend the heavyweight title three consecutive times. In his way stands one of the biggest punchers in the division, Francis Ngannou. In what I would call the co-main event, because it’s honestly worthy of a PPV main event slot on its own, Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier defends against red hot KO artist Volkan Oezdemir.
Miocic vs. Ngannou
Miocic +170 at Caesars, Westgate or CG Technology;
Ngannou -180 at Station Casinos or William Hill;
Total: 1.5 Rounds;
OVER +130 at Caesars or William Hill;
UNDER -145 at Westgate.
It is truly amazing that with Miocic’s success at heavyweight – four straight first round KO’s – he is this big a price. However, Ngannou is just a freak athlete. He’s built like a super hero and might even punch like one. The reason for his favorite status is the fact that Miocic has been knocked out by Stefan Struve, was rocked in a decision loss to Junior Dos Santos back in 2014, and nearly KO’ed in his win over Alistair Overeem. So while Miocic has the punching power to be champion, it’s his chin that has everyone questioning if he can withstand Ngannou’s best.
As a big fan of the sport I have been anticipating this one for a while. Unfortunately these are two of my favorite fighters in the UFC and someone has to lose. I think Ngannou is a special talent and as great as I think Miocic is I don’t think he can put “The Predator” to sleep.
The line did open at -158 so wait until you get closer to that number or take your shot parlaying it with the 1.5 round total. I lean UNDER but it’s a tough one, because I think Miocic wants to test Ngannou’s cardio and will look to extend the fight.
NGANNOU -165 or lower, or parlay him to the total to increase payout.
Cormier vs. Oezdemir
Cormier -320 at CGT
Oezdemir +265 at WH
Total: 1.5 Rounds
-175/+155 at WH
The line dropped right at press time, so take a look around. On
don’ t like – he is coming off a devastating KO title loss to Jon Jones. Jones is his bitter rival, so much so that Cormier cried in the ring after the loss. For good reason considering for the first two rounds he was putting on the performance of his career. Then Jones landed a vicious leg kick that lead to him stopping Cormier to regain his championship he never lost. Jones was suspended for disciplinary reasons (a felony charge in New Mexico) in 2015. Right after the win Jones was again stripped, this time for a failed drug test. So once again Cormier was given the title.
Oezdemir has two first round KO’s to get this title opportunity because they were in highlight reel fashion. Both wins over Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa combined lasted 70 seconds. He also has a decision win over Ovince St. Preux. So with the destruction of Manuwa and win over St. Preux he has some quality victories but DC is a big step up. However I just don’t trust the same Cormier to be entering the Octogon this Saturday, so let’s take a shot on the big dog.
OZEDEMIR +240 or better