The UFC returns for its first pay-per-view providing in 2018 when UFC 220 takes place Saturday, Jan. 20 at TD Backyard in Boston.
The primary occasion options Stipe Miocic defending the UFC heavyweight championship towards No. 1-ranked Francis Ngannou. Within the co-fundamental occasion, Daniel Cormer defends the sunshine heavyweight championship when he faces No. 2 ranked Volkan Oezdemir.
UFC 220 is a good way to kick off the brand new yr that includes prime-heavy card. It could possibly be the most effective essential and co-important occasions of 2018 due to the uncertainty of whether or not Conor McGregor and Georges St-Pierre return, how lengthy Jon Jones shall be suspended following his newest drug check failure and Ronda Rousey venturing off to the WWE.
(All occasions Japanese.)
UFC 220 date, begin time
The primary preliminary fight is out there for UFC.com’s Fight Move members starting at 6:00 p.m. The remaining preliminary fights could be seen on Fox Sports activities 1 starting at eight p.m. Pay-per-view protection begins at 10 p.m. Miocic and Ngannou ought to enter the Octagon at round 12:30 a.m.
UFC 220 PPV worth, live stream
The principal card on pay-per-view may be bought for $fifty nine.ninety nine. For extra info on how to order UFC 220 Miocic vs. Ngannou, contact your TV supplier. It’s also possible to live-stream UFC 220 and the Miocic vs. Ngannou principal card on UFC.TV for $fifty nine.ninety nine.
UFC 220 fight card
- Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou for Miocic’s UFC Heavyweight Title
- Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir for Cormier’s UFC Mild Heavyweight Title
- Calvin Kattar vs. Shane Burgos; Featherweight
- Bantamweight Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font; Bantamweight
- Gian Villante vs. Francimar Barroso; Mild Heavyweight
- Kyle Bochniak vs. Brandon Davis; Featherweight
- Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja; Flyweight
- Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi; Welterweight
- Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau; Light-weight
- Enrique Barzola vs. Matt Bessette; Featherweight
- Dan Ige vs. Julio Arce; Featherweight
UFC 220 preview
Miocic (17-2) knocked out Junior dos Santos at UFC 211 and tied the UFC report for many heavyweight title defenses at two. With no contender in sight and going by means of tense negotiations with the UFC, Miocic had determined to not fight till a brand new deal could possibly be reached.
Cain Velasquez battled a litany of accidents all through 2017 and his return is unsure. Miocic had already knocked Alistair Overeem in a again-and-forth slugfest at UFC 203, by which the champion gained by first-spherical knockout. No new contenders had actually emerged.
Ngannou (eleven-1) has taken MMA by storm, profitable his first 5 fights by way of stoppage — 4 by KO within the first spherical. Seeing they’ve a possible star within the making, the UFC made a No. 1 contender’s fight between Ngannou and Overeem at UFC 218. Ngannou delivered a Mike Tyson fashion knockout, blasting Overeem with a vicious left hook that despatched the Dutchman flying again to the Netherlands.
Every week later, the fight was made official. Miocic might be wanting to make historical past whereas Ngannou seems to be to turn into the celebrity the UFC is on the lookout for.
Cormier (19-1, 1NC) is coming off a loss in his final fight when he acquired knocked out by Jon Jones at UFC 214. The loss did not final lengthy: Jones failed one other drug check, and the loss was modified to a no-contest. The UFC made the choice to give Cormier the title again. Because the end result was modified, he did not technically lose.
Oezdemir (15-1) rolls into the most important fight of his profession on a 5-fight profitable streak, three of these within the UFC — together with his final two by knockout in a mixed 70 seconds, all in a span of underneath six months. The dream of UFC gold for “No Time” virtually got here to a halt final month, when Oezdemir was arrested for an alleged assault outdoors a bar in Fort Lauderdale, FL. (which happened in August) and charged with second-diploma felony costs of aggravated battery with critical bodily damage. The case continues to be pending and the UFC felt assured sufficient to nonetheless put Oezdemir in a excessive-profile place.
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