Getting big is applicable again in fighting. Over 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 champions brings out some of the greatest opponents, and on Saturday night in Boston, Miocic will be the first to answer a really hard test.
The current UFC heavyweight champion is set to take on perhaps the scariest puncher in 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 through KO/TKO with not one getting past the next round. His brutal knockout of top competition Alistair Overeem in UFC 218 could have been the most vicious knockout of this 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 becoming the longest reigning heavyweight champion in company history.
“I am so used to it now,” Miocic stated during his open work on Wednesday. “I love being the underdog because I shut everyone up. That is exactly what this sport’s all about — it is like’The Jerry Springer Show’… I am walking out’and .’ No one (else) is going to be champion until I depart.
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