Last weekend at UFC 218, one of the most shocking fights was Francis Ngannou versus Alistair Overeem. On face it would be assumed that Overeem would be the favorite being the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, DREAM Interim Heavyweight Champion, K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, and the number one UFC contender in the heavyweight division. Even with all the accolades Overeem has, Francis Ngannou the number four contender knocked him out with a brutal uppercut to the head. With this critical win and riding a ten fight win streak, Ngannou earned him self a title fight against Stipe Miocic.
This matchup is one many fans consider maybe the most anticipated fight of all time in the UFC. Stipe Miocic has taken a long break while celebrating his long awaited heavyweight champion belt in Cleveland, which brought light to the city considering they are also the home of the Browns. Even with the long layoff, Miocic has been training hard and preparing for the winner of the Overeem and Ngannou fight. This gives Miocic a significant advantage, because he has been preparing for Ngannou for months, while Ngannou had to expend all of his energy training for the Overeem fight. Now that Ngannou won the fight he has a month to train for Miocic, but also has to recover from the Overeem fight in the process. An important idea to take into consideration is that Ngannou knocked out Overeem so fast that he took almost no damage, which limits that once signifigant advantage Stipe had.
Even with all the factors, Ngannou is favored in the fight, due to how flashy he is with his finishes. Both fighters like to fight on their feet and will slug it out. I believe Ngannou will win since his punches have true one punch knockout power. Many other people will say Stipe is going to win because of how he is the much better all-around fighter, which is a critical attribute to have in the UFC. If this was a boxing match and one dimensional, Ngannou’s power would give him the clear advantage, but since UFC incorporates all styles of fighting, the ability to fight all styles can make the difference in a win and a loss. As it gets closer to the fight the odds will get closer, because odd makers will remember how easy Miocic has made his past couple fights look. This fight will be as good as its hyped up, even if it ends in a 30 second knockout by one of the two fighters. There is nothing better then two flashy fighters swinging for the fences in a title fight!