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UFC 220: Two huge title fights booked for Boston on January 20th

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On January 20th, the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts will be the setting for what will the first and likely the “biggest” UFC PPV 2018.

In the main event of the evening, Ohio will be in the house when Heavyweight Champ Stipe Miocic looks to break the record for title defenses in his division by defeating a fighter who will just be over a month removed from landing the deadliest uppercut KO in UFC history.

Francis Ngannou’s “uppercut from hell” that separated Alistair Overeem from consciousness in Detroit at UFC 218 left zero doubt in anyone’s mind that he would be the next man to challenge for Miocic’s heavyweight title. That said, no one expected it to happen the following month. Considering that Ngannou didn’t take any damage in the fight and Miocic has been out of action since last May, it does make plenty of sense. A PPV led by Cormier defending his title against Oezdemir would’ve been a solid event for Boston, the addition of Miocic versus Ngannou makes it one of the can’t miss variety.

Despite losing his Light Heavyweight Championship to Jon Jones last summer, Daniel Cormier will walk to the Octagon as champion once again at UFC 220. And rightfully so. The nasty 3rd round head kick KO that Jones threw to earn what should have been his second victory over Cormier would end up being deleted from the history books. The troubled former top ranked P4P fighter in the world felt that he needed the aid of Turinabol, an old school East German anabolic steroid that may just end up costing him up to four years away from the sport that made him a star.

Cormier will look to make the third successful title defense to continue what has been an interesting reign filled with compelling twists and turns. Standing in his way will be a man who has to be the most feared one punch KO striker in the division today. After a close split decision victory over Ovince St. Preux in his UFC debut, Volkan Oezdemir took out two potential title contenders in a combined 70 seconds with nothing but raw unadulterated Swiss power. With 11 KO’s of his 15 victories coming by way of  knockout, Oezdemir’s fast hands could end up being a major problem for the 38-year-old Olympic Freestyle Wrestling medalist. 

Tickets for UFC 220 ‘Miocic vs. Ngannou’ go on sale tomorrow, December 13th, for Fight Club members beginning at 10 am ET. The UFC Social pre-sale begins at the same time on the following day while the rest of the public will get their pick of what’s left on Friday at 10 am ET.

Take a look at the UFC’s January 20th PPV offering out of Boston as it stands today below.

Heavyweight Championship Bout
Stipe Miocic (c) (17-2) vs. Francis Ngannou (11-1)

Light Heavyweight Championship Bout
Daniel Cormier (c) (19-1) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (15-1)

Bantamweight Bout
Rob Font (14-3) vs. Thomas Almeida (22-2)

Lightweight Bout
Gleison Tibau (32-12) vs. Islam Makhachev (14-1)

Featherweight Bout
Shane Burgos (10-0) vs. Calvin Kattar (17-2)

Featherweight Bout
Kyle Bochniak (7-2) vs. Brandon Davis (8-3)

Flyweight Bout
Dustin Ortiz (17-7) vs. Alexandre Pantoja (18-2)

Women’s Strawweight Bout
Maryna Moroz (8-2) vs. Jamie Moyle (4-2)

Light Heavyweight Bout
Gian Villante (15-9) vs. Francimar Barroso (19-6)

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