Being big is applicable again in combating. Over the last 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 champions brings out some of the greatest competitors, and on Saturday night in Boston, Miocic will be the first to answer a really tough test.
The current UFC heavyweight champion is set to take on possibly the scariest 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 company and all coming via KO/TKO with not one getting past the second round. His brutal knockout of high contender Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 could have been the most barbarous knockout of this year.
However, Miocic stays his calm and collected ahead of his latest challenge. Miocic (17-2, 13 KOs) can also be on a five-fight knockout streak and sits only one win short of being the longest reigning heavyweight champion in company history.
“I am so utilized to it by now,” Miocic stated during his receptive workout on Wednesday. “I love being the underdog since I shut everyone up. That’s what this game’s all about — it’s like’The Jerry Springer Show’… I am walking ‘and .’ No one (else) is going to be champion until I depart.
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