Being big is relevant again in combating. Throughout the past year or so, both boxing and MMA have seen a bit of a rebirth in the heavyweight divisions with Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Stipe Miocic rising through the ranks as the very best on the planet. And with top winners brings a few of the greatest competitors, and on Saturday night in Boston, Miocic will be the first to answer a truly tough test.
The current UFC heavyweight champion is set to take on possibly the funniest puncher at MMA when he squares off from Francis Ngannou at the primary event at TD Garden. Ngannou (11-1, 7 KOs) has won five of his fights since joining the organization and all coming through KO/TKO with none getting beyond the next round. His brutal knockout of top contender Alistair Overeem in UFC 218 could happen to be the most barbarous knockout of the year.
However, Miocic remains his collected and calm ahead of his newest 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 am so used to it by now,” Miocic stated throughout his receptive workout on Wednesday. “I love being the underdog since I shut everyone up. That’s exactly what this sport’s all about — it is like’The Jerry Springer Show’… I’m walking ‘and still.’ No one (else) is going to be winner till I leave.
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