The UFC takes over Boston this weekend for UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou with two much anticipated title bouts in the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight divisions.

Who will retain their title? Will a new Champion be crowned? We will wait with bated breath for the outcome of these two championship fights that promise violent results. Action begins with the:

UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims 7PM/ET
FOX Sports 1 Prelims 8PM/ET
PPV Main Card 10PM/ET


#14 Rob Font (+100) vs. #10 Thomas Almeida (-125)

Kicking off the PPV Main Card, Boston native Rob Font (14-3-0) will battle Brazilian Thomas Almeida (22-2-0) in a match up of ranked Bantamweights. Both Font and Almeida are solid fighters, offering multiple dimensions to keep their opponents off balance in retreat and on the defense. However, both fighters are coming off of losses as Font was submitted in October via guillotine by Pedro Munhoz at UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo, and Almeida lost by unanimous decision to Jimmie Rivera at UFC on FOX 25 in July.

Font and Almeida should offer some exciting exchanges on the feet, but eventually I see this bout going in Almeida’s favor as “Thominhas” capitalizes on Font propensity to at times play lackadaisically into the striking range of his opponents. With an opponent and striker as dangerous as Almeida, that is a mistake Font will not want to make.

Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮: Almeida via Second Round KO

Gian Villante (-170) vs. Francimar Barroso (+150)

Gian Villante (15-8-0) looks to get back into the win column when he takes on fellow Heavyweight Francimar Barroso (19-5-0,1 NC) in a Light Heavyweight bout, Barroso is 4-3-1 in the UFC, and is also coming off a loss in his last Octagon appearance, losing by unanimous decision to Alexsandar Rikic at UFC Fight Night Rotterdam in September.

Villante, a product of Bellmore Kickboxing in Long Island, and long time training partner of former Middleweight champion Chris Weidman dropped a tough split decision to Patrick Cummins in front of his home crowd at UFC on FOX 25 in July, and in fact has lost four of his last six fights, three by way of knockout. Villante does not shy away from contact and is notorious for absorbing punishment in victory and defeat. Villante is a strong wrestler and his thunderous leg kicks are some of the most effective thrown in the UFC. Barroso has a tendency to fade as the fight wears on, so if Villante can avoid the big overhand and stay on his feet, Gian should be able to eventually find his range and deliver and shot to put Barroso down.

Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮: Villante via Second Round KO

Shane Burgos (-125) vs. Calvin Kattar (+105)

“Hurricane” Shane Burgos (10-0-0) puts his undefeated record on the line against Calvin Kattar (17-2-0) in what should be a great fight between two talented Featherweights. Tiger Shulman MMA standout, Shane Burgos has looked impressive to date in his UFC career, moving to 3-0 in his last Octagon appearance by earning a unanimous decision over Godofredo Castro at UFC on FOX 25 on Long Island in July. Burgos will enjoy a three inch reach advantage over Kattar, but lets see if the extended reach will be of any benefit, as Burgos has a tendency to almost eat as many shots as he dishes out.

Calvin Kattar enters his bout with Burgos riding a nine fight win streak, earning a unanimous decision win over Andre Fili in his promotional debut at UFC 214. Kattar,who is from Methuen,Massachusetts, is known as “the Boston Finisher”, which is ironic, since his last seven bouts (all wins) have come by way of decision.This is should be a good fight.I see Kattar having success countering and getting the best of Burgos in the clinch on his way to earning yet another decision victory.
Crystal Ball Prediction🔮: Kattar via Decision

Co-Main Event – UFC Light Heavyweight Championship

{C} Daniel Cormier (-320) vs. #2 Volkan Oezdemir (+260)

Daniel “DC” Cormier (19-1-0, 1 NC) will try to stop the derail the momentum of 2017 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year candidate Volkan Oezdemir (15-1-0). Volkan Oezdemir took the MMA world by storm in 2017, with a short notice split decision win over Ovince Saint Preux and with back to back first round finishes of Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa. Oezdemir was a considerable underdog in all three fights, and the Swiss finds himself in familiar territory this weekend against arguably one of the best to ever do it in mixed martial arts, Daniel Cormier.

Cormier is coming off a knockout loss against his arch nemesis Jon Jones at UFC 214, which was subsequently changed to a No Contest following Jones’ suspension by USADA for the detected use of the anabolic steroid Turinabol. Cormier, 38, has revealed that he wants to retire in 2019, leaving some uncertainty and plenty of questions heading into his title clash with Oezdemir. It would be an inopportune time to now jump off the Oezdemir bandwagon. I have been super impressed with Volkan’s stable demeanor and incredible power that have catapulted him to a title shot in just one years time. I think ” No Time” does it again, finding his range and cracking Cormier with a overhand right that drops the champ, Volkan follows up with a flurry, and, JUST LIKE THAT…and…NEW!

Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮: Oezdemir via First Round KO

Daniel Cormier
Daniel Cormier

MAIN EVENT – UFC Heavyweight Championship

{C} Stipe Miocic (+155) vs. #1 Francis Ngannou (-180)

Boy, oh boy, this should be good!History will be made as Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic (17-2-0) takes on Francis Ngannou (11-1-0) in potentially one of the best Heavyweight match ups of all time. Stipe has the opportunity to break the UFC Heavyweight consecutive title defense record, which currently stands at two.

“The Predator” Francis Ngannou has devoured his prey en route to his championship bout with Miocic, which could see Ngannou become the first African born champion in the UFC. Just last month at UFC 218 in Detroit, with the 2017 “Knockout of the Year” Ngannou sent Alistair Overeem out of this atmosphere with a devastating uppercut that immediately shut the Reem’s lights out and left him stiff for several minutes.

The UFC may have discovered its most intimidating and frightening Heavyweight specimen since Brock Lesnar, whom for whatever reason Ngannou has his sights on. First, Ngannou must overcome Miocic, arguably “the Predator’s” toughest and most well rounded opponent to date. Ngannou is 6-0 in the UFC and has recorded seven knockouts and three submission victories on his current ten fight win streak.

Stipc has won five in a row, by way of knockout, since his controversial decision loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC on FOX 13 in December 2014. I feel like no one is giving the Champ a chance against Ngannou. Granted one shot from Ngannou could end anyone’s night (week/year), don’t forget the beating that Miocic put on the Super Samoan. Stipe is tough, and fearless. Will it be enough to cement his legend as the greatest Heavyweight of all time, or will we enter into a new Heavyweight era? This truly is the fight for the title of the “Baddest Man on the Planet”!!

Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮: Miocic via Third Round KO

Next week,The UFC heads to North Carolina for UFC Fight Night Charlotte: Souza vs. Brunson. Share your thoughts, picks, and opinions with us in the Comments section below and enjoy the fights this weekend!!👊🏻