Being big is relevant again in combating. Throughout the last year or so, both boxing and MMA have seen somewhat of a rebirth from the heavyweight divisions with Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Stipe Miocic rising through the ranks as the best in the world. And with top champions brings out some of the greatest competitors, and on Saturday night in Boston, Miocic will be the first to reply a truly tough test.
The current UFC heavyweight champion is set to take on perhaps the funniest puncher in MMA when he squares off against Francis Ngannou in the main event at TD Garden. Ngannou (11-1, 7 KOs) has won all 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 top contender Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 might happen to be the most vicious knockout of the year.
But Miocic stays his collected and calm ahead of his challenge. Miocic (17-2, 13 KOs) is also on a five-fight knockout streak and stays only one win short of becoming the longest reigning heavyweight champion in business history.
“I am so used to it now,” Miocic said during his open workout on Wednesday. “I love being the underdog because I shut everyone up. That is exactly what this game’s all about — it is like’The Jerry Springer Show’… I am walking out’and .’ No one (else) is going to be winner till I leave.
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