Being big is relevant again in fighting. Throughout the past year or so, both boxing and MMA have seen somewhat of a rebirth in the heavyweight divisions with Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Stipe Miocic rising through the ranks as the best on the planet. With top winners brings some of the best opponents, and on Saturday night in Boston, Miocic will be the first to reply a truly tough test.
The existing UFC heavyweight champion is set to take on possibly the scariest puncher at MMA when he squares off from Francis Ngannou in the main event at TD Garden. Ngannou (11-1, 7 KOs) has won all five of his fights since joining the organization and all coming via KO/TKO with none getting past the next round. His brutal knockout of top competition Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 might have been the most vicious knockout of the year.
However, Miocic remains his collected and calm ahead of his challenge. Miocic (17-2, 13 KOs) can also be on a five-fight knockout streak and sits just one win short of being the longest reigning heavyweight champion in company history.
“I’m so utilized to it by now,” Miocic stated during his open workout on Wednesday. “I love being the underdog since I shut everyone up. That is what this game’s all about — it is like’The Jerry Springer Show’… I am walking out’and .’ No one (else) will be winner until I leave.
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