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Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou 2 Predictions & Tips - Miocic To Retain

  • Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou 2 predictions for the UFC heavyweight title fight on March 27
  • Miocic dominated Ngannou for five rounds when they fought in January 2018
  • Ngannou has shot back into title contention with four consecutive first round knockouts
  • Miocic is tipped to best Ngannou over five rounds once again
  • Preview, predictions and head to head stats
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Stipe Miocic punches Daniel Cormier in their UFC heavyweight championship bout at UFC 252 event. (Getty Images)
Leigh Copson 19 Mar 2021
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Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou 2 Predictions & Tips


Stipe Miocic has established himself as the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’.

He has shown he can pass the Francis Ngannou test - he is a better technical boxer and a much better wrestler than the challenger.

Miocic can repeat what he did in the first fight and counter Ngannou’s big bombs with well-timed strikes and takedowns to take a decision.

  • Miocic dominated Ngannou in the first fight two years ago
  • Miocic won all five rounds with all three judges
  • Each judge scored the fight 50-44 meaning there was a 10-8 round in the fight
  • Miocic’s technical boxing skills and superior wrestling can punish Ngannou’s wild striking
  • Only Daniel Cormier has beaten Miocic in the last six years and the champion avenged those losses… twice
  • Ngannou has twice gone beyond two rounds and lost via decision on both occasions

Stipe Miocic Form


Stipe Miocic has gone 8-1 since a decision defeat to Junior dos Santos in December 2014.

His only loss since came in July 2018 when he was shockingly taken out inside a round by former light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.

That loss ended Miocic’s record-setting run of successful heavyweight title defences which had seen him knock out a string of legendary fighters in the first round before outclassing Ngannou over five.

Despite the setback Miocic won the belt back in his very next outing, knocking out Cormier in the rematch.

He then settled the rivalry once in the summer of 2020 as he got the better of ‘DC’ over five rounds to cement his position atop the heavyweight ladder.

Francis Ngannou Form


Ngannou’s UFC career appeared to be spiralling in 2018.

Having torn through the opposition to charge into title contention, ‘The Predator’ was proven to be out of his depth in his first crack at the heavyweight crown

He was dismantled over five rounds by Miocic.

Gun-shy from that loss, Ngannou then damaged his stock even further as he dropped a decision defeat to Derrick Lewis in a fight that would put an insomniac to sleep.

He was put on blast by UFC president Dana White follow that loss, but as Michael Jordan would say, Ngannou ‘took that personally’.

In his next outing ‘The Predator’ destroyed Curtis Blaydes in just 45 seconds, and when he returned to action a few months later he needed even less time to take out former heavyweight champion Cain Velasques.

Ngannou needed just 71 seconds to see off another ex-champion as he took his win streak to three fights by demolishing Junior dos Santos.

He then secured his second shot at UFC gold in May of last year when he finished fellow heavy-hitter Jairzinho Rozenstruik in only 20 seconds.

Ngannou is the Ivan Drago of UFC – whatever he hits, he destroys. But can he hit Miocic?

Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou 2 FAQs

Where can I watch the Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou 2 live stream?

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Where is Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou 2 taking place?

Stipe Miocic v Francis Ngannou 2 is taking place at UFC 260 on Saturday, March 27 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

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Verdict

Ngannou remains something of a ‘one-trick pony’ and we have seen the recipe required to beat him.

Miocic’s superior boxing and wrestling skills is likely to see him cancel out Ngannou’s devastating punching power for five rounds, earning him the nod from the judges.

Best Bet: Miocic to win WInner @110.00 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Value Bet: Miocic by decision Method Of Victory @260.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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