The calculated and well rounded Heavyweight GOAT vs the one punch knockout king.
We’ve seen it all before.
And in this case, we have literally seen it before.
These two met in January 2018. A fight which Miocic won convincingly over five rounds. Showcasing his experience and full range of Mixed Martial Arts including his wrestling which was key to stopping the always dangerous Ngannou.
Miocic landed 70 significant strikes and six takedowns in that fight which is more than all 10 of Ngannou’s other UFC opponents have managed.
Ngannou has earned the rematch having won his last four fights inside the Octagon inside the first round.
In fact, those fights have lasted a total of 162 seconds.
There is no doubting the strength and power of Ngannou and while a lot of people are assuming that he has improved his overall skillset, I simply can not be convinced as we haven’t seen it!
Has he improved his takedown defence and cardio? I have no idea.
And therefor I have to be with the champ to do exactly what he did last time. Especially at the price we are currently getting.
The original Co-Main Event between Aussie Featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega was canned so forgive me for sulking a bit here.
Tyron Woodley has looked a shadow of the former champion of the Welterweight division in recent times and he comes into this fight having lost his last three in a row.
Is it that the division has simply outgrown him and his skillset doesn’t match up anymore? Are they simply better?
Or is it that he has simply been fighting the best in the division as well as fighters that match up well against him with their wrestling style.
To be honest I think both trains of thought are correct and the fact that we are getting over $3.00 for Woodley to win is the tipping point for mine.
Vicente Luque is no slouch by any means and he is the deserving favourites having won eight of his last nine.
The two times he has come up against an opponent of Woodley’s statue though he has lost.
He lost decisions to Leon Edwards and Stephen Thompson.
The $1.38 is simply the wrong price.
It’s the UFC Bantamweight prodigal son vs the former UFC Bantamweight prodigal son in some sort of baton handing over ceremony.
Sean O’Malley is undefeated. Well, in his own head he is anyway.
The outspoken young upstart has publicly claimed that his last fight did not count because he was injured in the fight and could not compete at his maximum capacity.
While he does sound like a massive flog a lot of the time, he makes a point in this case.
Who knows if he would have won that fight against Chito Vera when his foot went limp due to a leg kick but the fact is he did lose that fight which put an end to his perfect record.
In a way, Thomas Almeida is Chito Vera 2.0.
His best fighting is clearly behind him to my eye having lost four of his last five fights and has fought just once in the last two years and nine months.
Khama Worth v Jamie Mullarkey – To Go The Distance
Abubaker Nurmagomedov v Jared Gooden – Nurmagomedov To Win
Miranda Maverick v Gillian Robertson – Maverick By Decision
Sean O’Malley v Thomas Almeida – O’Malley by KO/TKO