Francis Ngannou’s earned a UFC heavyweight title shot after brutal knockout victory over Alistair Overeem this past weekend at UFC 218.
Ngannou has gone 6-0 inside the Octagon since debuting less than two years ago, finishing all six opponents and has never seen the third round of a fight. He’s scored five knockouts and one submission thus far in his UFC run which includes wins over Andrei Arlovski, Curtis Blaydes and the aforementioned Overeem. Standing 6’5, he’s perhaps the most powerful puncher in UFC history.
Miocic last defended his belt in May against Junior dos Santos and is currently riding a five-fight winning streak where he’s knocked out all five opponents. He won the title from Fabricio Werdum via first round knockout in the main event of UFC 198 in 2016 and has had two successful title defenses thus far.
Here’s what MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas had to say about the bout:
“UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic will face his most dangerous opponent ever in Francis Ngannou. Ngannou has finished every opponent he’s faced in his six UFC fights, showcasing devastating power. Miocic is always well prepared, coming from an underrated gym with excellent trainers. Despite tremendous performances in knockout victories over Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos in his last three fights, Miocic will be opened as the underdog because I feel the majority of the betting public will buy into the hype behind the surging Ngannou, who scored one of the scariest knockouts ever this past weekend at UFC 218.”
The odds were released on 5Dimes Sportsbook as well. Check them out below!
UFC Heavyweight Title
Stipe Miocic +130
Francis Ngannou -160
Over 1.5 -140
Under 1.5 +100
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