Getting big is applicable again in fighting. Throughout the past 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 very best on the planet. And with top champions brings out some of the greatest opponents, and on Saturday night in Boston, Miocic is going to be the first to reply a really tough test.
The current UFC heavyweight champion is set to take on possibly the scariest puncher at MMA when he squares off from Francis Ngannou at the primary event at TD Garden. Ngannou (11-1, 7 KOs) has won 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 high contender Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 might happen to be the most barbarous knockout of the year.
But Miocic stays his calm and collected self ahead of his challenge. Miocic (17-2, 13 KOs) can also be on a five-fight knockout streak and sits just one win short of being the longest reigning heavyweight champion in business history.
“I am so utilized to it now,” Miocic said throughout his open work on Wednesday. “I love being the underdog since I shut up everyone. That is what this game’s all about — it’s like’The Jerry Springer Show’… I am walking out’and .’ No one (else) is going to be champion till I leave.