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 a few of the best opponents, 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 carry on possibly the scariest puncher at MMA when he squares off against Francis Ngannou at the main event at TD Garden. Ngannou (11-1, 7 KOs) has won five of his fights since joining the company and all coming through KO/TKO with not one getting past the next round. His brutal knockout of high contender Alistair Overeem in UFC 218 could happen to be the most barbarous knockout of this year.
However, Miocic stays his collected and calm self ahead of his latest challenge. Miocic (17-2, 13 KOs) is also on a five-fight knockout streak and stays only one win short of being the longest reigning heavyweight champion in company history.
“I am so utilized to it now,” Miocic said throughout his receptive work on Wednesday. “I love being the underdog because I shut up everyone. That is what this game’s all about — it is like’The Jerry Springer Show’… I am walking out’and still.’ No one (else) will be winner till I leave.
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