The UFC took care of a lot of business today at the TD Garden in Boston, none more important than the UFC 220 weigh-ins. Hyped as the biggest heavyweight title fight in the company’s history, Stipe Miocic (17-2-0) and Francis Ngannou (11-1-0) are set to put on a memorable show Saturday evening.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.
UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS(6:30PM ET/3:30 PM PT)
ISLAM MAKHACHEV (14-1-0) VS. GLEISON TIBAU (41-11-0)
Andrews: Tibau hasn’t won a fight since November 2015 and is coming back from a two-year suspension. He’s 34 years old now. He still likely has good takedowns and has fought a lot of good fighters in the past, but I have to go with Islam here.
Andrews Prediction: Islam Makhachev via TKO
MATT BESSETTE (22-7-0) VS. ENRIQUE BARZOLA (14-3-1)
Andrews: Bessette is making his octagon debut against a guy who is 3-1-0 so far in the UFC. He’s 5 years older than Barzola too. My money is on Barzola to avoid the knockout and grind out a decision.
Andrews Prediction: Enrique Barzola via UD
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DAN IGE (8-1-0) VS. JULIO ARCE (13-2-0)
Andrews: Both guys come from the Dana White contender series and it’s a tossup for me. I’ve got Arce because of of his last fight – a TKO win.
Andrews Prediction: Julio Arce via TKO
#10 DUSTIN ORTIZ (17-7-0) VS. #11 ALEXANDRE PANTOJA (18-2-0)
Andrews: Pantoja is taking on a real UFC flyweight vet in Ortiz. I am going with the upset as Pantoja has proven to be crafty guy who can overcome things.
Andrews Prediction: Alexander Pantoja via submission
SABAH HOMASI (11-7-0) VS. ABDUL RAZAK ALHASSAN (8-1-0)
Andrews: The rematch is back and we’ll see if Alhassan can drop Homasi and finish him properly without Herb Dean this time.
Andrews Prediction: Sabah Homasi via UD
KYLE BOCHNIAK (7-2-0) VS. BRANDON DAVIS (8-2-0)
Andrews: A lot of Dana White contenders on this card. Can Brandon Davis represent for DWCS? Bochniak is good material and I think Davis will get to him early.
Andrews Prediction: Brandon Davis via TKO
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#10 THOMAS ALMEDIA (22-2-0) VS. #14 ROB FONT (14-3-0)
Andrews: Almeida will run down Font, who if he can’t use the jab to keep Almeida off him or set up the guillotine will be in trouble.
Andrews Prediction: Thomas Almeida via TKO
#15 GIAN VILLANTE (15-8-0) VS. FRANCIMAR BARROSO (19-5-0, 1NC)
Andrews: Villante needs a win badly as he’s lost three of his past four fights. He also looked kind of pudgy at the weigh-ins so I’m going with Barroso.
Andrews Prediction: Francimar Barosso via UD
CALVIN KATTAR (17-2-0) VS. SHANE BURGOS (10-0-0)
Andrews: I always roll with Kattar. No-nonsense dude who gets the job done.
Andrews Prediction: Calvin Kattar via UD
DANIEL CORMIER (19-1-0, 1NC) VS. #2 VOLKAN OEZDEMIR (15-1-0)
Andrews: Oezdemir can definitely knock DC out but DC will get him to the mat and grind out a decision before he can do it.
Andrews Prediction: Daniel Cormier via UD
STIPE MIOCIC (17-2-0) VS. #1 FRANCIS NGANNOU (11-1-0)
Andrews: There’s a new sheriff in town and his name in Francis. Stipe will make him earn it by making Francis eat some shots, but Ngannou will get him.
Andrews Prediction: Francis Ngannou via TKO