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Stipe Miocic to Beat Francis Ngannou at UFC 260
Prediction: Stipe Miocic to Beat Francis Ngannou at UFC 260 (+120) – Odds via William Hill NJ
In a rare matchup that sees the reigning champion enter as the underdog, a bet on Stipe Miocic to retain his UFC heavyweight championship will return +120 odds with William Hill NJ. That looks a little too good to pass up considering Miocic has already beaten Francis Ngannou once via unanimous decision back in January 2018:
Miocic has established his legacy as the greatest UFC heavyweight of all time to date, clinching the most consecutive title defenses in the division (three), most title defenses overall (four) and the most post-fight bonuses in UFC heavyweight history.
Granted, the Cleveland, Ohio, native may be past his prime at 38, but one of Miocic’s greatest strengths is his intelligence in the octagon and his ability to map out a path to victory. Ngannou is arguably the most powerful competitor to have ever competed in the UFC, but his stamina and endurance put him at a disadvantage against wilier opponents who can fight for five rounds.
“The Predator” has responded well to his loss against Miocic and subsequent defeat to Derrick Lewis, knocking out four opponents in a row. But Miocic remains the more complete fighter, and underdog odds make it even easier to side money with the titleholder on this occasion.