UFC 220 Preview – Two Huge Title Fights (Francis Ngannou is a Scary Man) (Plus Bonus Bellator)

UFC 220 will be in my personal home city of Boston, Massachusetts and I could not be more excited. The card holds eleven fights but none quite stack up to the two final fights of the night in Volkan Oezdemir Vs. Daniel Cormier for the UFC Light-Heavyweight title and Francis Ngannou Vs. Stipe Miocic for the Heavyweight Title.

Thomas Almeida (-112) Vs. Rob Font (-108)

This Fight’s odds are quite questionable in my humble opinion. These two are not even in the same stratosphere when it comes to skill level. I believe both fighters are good, but Almeida is on another level. Almeida has gone 1-2 in his last three, but they were against high-level competition in former Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt and Jimmie Rivera. Font recently lost to Pedro Munhoz via submission and I expect him to lose in a similar fashion (I hate picking against Massachusetts boys so I’m gutted about this, I Hope I picked wrong) Thomas Almeida Def. Rob Font

Gian Villante (-160) Vs. Francimar Barroso (+140)

Gian Villante Vs. Francimar Barroso is a fun light-heavyweight fight. Both have had up and down UFC careers, But Gian has fought and beaten some of the upper echelon guys. I believe Gian’s Wrestling will be the difference maker in this fight. Francimar has Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing Blackbelts, and he fight’s out of Nova Uniao in Rio, so he comes from a quality camp. But so does Gian, and Serra-Longo hasn’t had as tough of a time since USADA was enacted. I’m not saying Barroso was on the Juice, but both Barao and Aldo lost their belts and just physically look different since the drug-testing procedures became standard. Gian Villante Def. Francimar Barroso

Calvin Kattar (+165) Vs. Shane Burgos (-190)

This is MMA’s version of Yankees Vs. Red Sox, Bruins Vs. Rangers, Pats Vs. Jets, it’s Boston Vs. New York. Calvin Kattar shocked everyone when he came into UFC 214 and picked apart Andre Fili and he hasn’t lost since 2010. Burgos is a very talented fighter, and his fight against Charles Rosa was very exciting. This fight is one that is tough to pick because “Hurricane Shane” has had three quality wins in the UFC, But Kattar has the experience and has a higher ceiling as we saw in the Fili fight. I’m going to throw on the Sox cap and pick Kattar. I’m not confident. but I wouldn’t be with either of them. Calvin Kattar Def. Shane Burgos

Daniel Cormier (-313) Vs. Volkan Oezdemir (+263)

When Daniel Cormier Fought Anthony Johnson for the second time, and I picked Anthony Johnson to win, and Daniel Cormier ended up winning I said I wouldn’t doubt his skills ever again (Unless his opponent was Jon Jones). When Volkan Oezdemir Fought Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa I thought Volkan would end up on the losing end of both, he won both and I said to myself I will never doubt his skills again. Well, look where that got me. I will feel stupid if I get this one wrong but I have Daniel Cormier taking the win. From what we’ve seen Volkan is a one-trick-pony. He has very high-level striking which has been honed by his coach Henri Hooft, but his grappling skills have not been developed properly. Daniel Cormier has shown his durability in the past (Jon Jones doesn’t count) he took Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson’s fists for extended periods of time, and he trains with Cain Velasquez who hits harder than a Freight Train. Daniel Cormier Def. Volkan Oezdemir

Stipe Miocic (+145) Vs. Francis Ngannou (-170)

I think Stipe Miocic is the most fun Champion in the UFC. I love the guy. He is one of the most personable guys in the entire company and works a blue collar job on the side as a firefighter. At the same time, and it actually hurts me to say this, but I believe Francis Ngannou is going to take him out. Francis Ngannou, over his 6 UFC fights he has 6 finishes and we have not seen him ever get in any trouble in the octagon in the form of being stunned by a punch or in the form of a submission attempt. He just goes through the fights like that Freight Train I stated earlier. I want to make this perfectly clear (As if I didn’t earlier) I want Stipe Miocic to win, I badly want to be wrong, not because I don’t like Francis, but because I like Stipe so much more. Regardless, I think Francis Ngannou will win and Dana White will see Dollar Signs as he puts a UFC Belt on Francis as he could be the next big UFC Mega Star. Francis Ngannou Def. Stipe Miocic

(The UFC is making it very obvious that they want Ngannou to win and I think they should be ashamed of themselves, they wanted Conor to beat Aldo and now he’s bigger than the UFC as a company is)

Other Selections

Brandon Davis (UNL) Def. Kyle Bochniak (+100)

Abdul Razak Alhassan (-192) Def. Sabah Homasi (+167) – Again

Alexandre Pantoja (-145) Def. Dustin Ortiz (+125)

Dan Ige (UNL) Def. Julio Arce (-147)

Enrique Barzola (-215) Def. Matt Bessette (+185)

Islam Makhachev (-240) Def. Gleison Tibau (+205) Mortal Lock

Bellator 192

Heavyweight Tourney Quarterfinal – Chael Sonnen (+115) Def. Rampage Jackson (-145)

Welterweight Championship – Rory MacDonald (-230) Def. Douglas Lima (+180)

Michael Chandler (-291) Def. Goiti Yamauchi (+236)

Henry Corrales (-108) Def. Georgi Karakhanyan (-122)

Aaron Pico (-700) Def. Shane Kruchten (+500)

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