UFC 220: Five things we learned from Miocic vs Ngannou

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Stipe Miocic celebrates his UFC 220 victory over Francis Ngannou

Stipe Miocic needs to fight Cain Velasquez next

Stipe Miocic has all but cleared out the UFC’s heavyweight division.

The Ohio native became arguably the greatest heavyweight in UFC history in the main event of UFC 220, which saw him take on the dangerous Francis Ngannou.

The king of the heavyweight division saw off the challenge of the most-feared man in the division by .

Victory over Ngannou saw Miocic break the ’s heavyweight record for consecutive title defences, which prior to the first pay-per-view event of the year stood at two.

That honour was previously held by Cain Velasquez, who in the eyes of many in the MMA world would’ve been the greatest heavyweight of all time had it not been for his plethora of injuries.

With Velasquez recently returning to training and Miocic essentially clearing out the division, the UFC brass must match up the pair together to find out who really is the greatest heavyweight of all time.

Francis Ngannou needs to work on his ground game

Francis Ngannou’s maiden UFC title fight couldn’t have gone any worse.

The Cameroonian-born Frenchman went into the contest full confidence following his first-round demolition job of Alistair Overeem, and quite rightly so.

Throughout the build-up to his encounter with Miocic, Ngannou vowed to dethrone the champion in the same manner he saw off Overeem.

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Francis Ngannou was dominated by Stipe Miocic for five rounds

But what he didn’t account for was Miocic’s wrestling prowess, which kept him on the canvas for the majority of the bout.

Once on the ground, Ngannou looked like a fish out of water and was at the mercy of Miocic, who executed a perfect game plan to ensure his reign at the summit of the heavyweight division continued.

Ngannou’s lack of knowledge on the ground was evident for all to see and his future opponents will no doubt attempt expose it..

He’ll have to quickly learn how to defend himself on the ground if he wants to become Africa’s first UFC belt holder.

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Francis Ngannou struggled to deal with Stipe Miocic’s wrestling prowess

Daniel Cormier needs new blood in the light-heavyweight division

Like Miocic, Daniel Cormier has essentially cleaned out his division.

The Louisiana native defended his light-heavyweight title for the third time in UFC 220’s co-main event, which saw him take on Volkan Oezdemir.

‘DC’ saw off an early onslaught from the Switzerland native to register a second-round TKO victory, which .

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Daniel Cormier looks on after defeating Volkan Oezdemir

In the eyes of many, Cormier’s 20th professional mixed martial arts victory saw him take out one his last remaining challenges in the division.

Given the dark cloud hanging over Jon Jones’ future, the only fighter in the frame to fight Cormier next is Sweden’s Alexander Gustafsson, a man he’s already defeated.

The lack of legitimate contenders for Cormier’s 205lbs title is in stark contrast to a few years ago when there was a murderers’ row of light-heavyweights looking to get their hands on the belt.

For years, the UFC’s light-heavyweight division was its showpiece weight class and constantly produced star fighters.

The promotion desperately need to find some new blood in order to get back to those days and give Cormier a much-needed test.

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Daniel Cormier defeated Volkan Oezdemir via unanimous decision

Rob Font is on the way up

Rob Font got back into the win column in front of his hometown crowd with the biggest victory of his career.

The Boston native erased the memory of his submission loss to Pedro Munhoz by defeating the dangerous Thomas Almeida, who entered the bout as the No.10 ranked bantamweight.

An inspired Font inflicted Almeida’s third loss on the spin by registering a second-round TKO victory.

Font’s triumph over Almeida, which set the tone for the Bostonians on the card, will surely see his name fly up the UFC’s bantamweight rankings.

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Rob Font bagged the biggest win of his career at UFC 220 by stopping Thomas Almeida

Abdul Razak Alhassan is a force to be reckoned with

UFC 220 saw Ghana’s Abdul Razak Alhassan bag his third victory inside the Octagon.

The former Legacy FC star made it two wins on the spin with an emphatic first-round KO victory over Sobah Homasi, whom he controversially defeated in his previous outing.

Victory over Homasi was Alhassan’s third in his four UFC outings, which have all come via first-round stoppages.

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Abdul Razak Alhassan looks over a the fallen Sobah Homasi

Alhassan has showcased some vicious striking during his brief stint in mixed martial arts’ premier promotion, which will have certainly caught the eye of several fighters in the 170lbs division.

Should the 32-year-old continue in the same vein, he could soon find himself with sharing the Octagon with one of the welterweight division’s elite fighters.

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