The UFC will present two big title fights tonight at UFC 220 live from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
In the main event, heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic looked to become the only heavyweight champion in UFC history to successfully defend his title more than two times, as he took on the hard-hitting challenger, Francis Ngannou. The opening round was a back and forth brawl and surprisingly the two heavy handed fighters made it to the second round. That is where the experience of Miocic took over and he was able to land takedowns and keep a dominant position. The third round was more of the second but Ngannou landed a big shot that forced the champion to take the fight to the ground again. Ngannou was extremely tired at the start of the fourth and Miocic immediately go the fight down to the mat. The fight would go all five round and history is made as Miocic becomes the only UFC heavyweight champion to have ever defended his title successfully three times.
Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier met Volkan Oezdemir in the night’s co-main event spot. This will be Cormier’s first title defense since losing the title to Jon Jones in July 2017. Jones was later stripped of the belt and Cormier regained control of the title.
Cormier had a tough fight in Oezdemir but was able to secure a crucifx in the second round of their scheduled five round affair. From the dominant position the champ pummeled his opponent before the referee stepped in to call and end to the fight. Cormier retains his title.
All fighters made weight yesterday and the card will proceed with 11 bouts. Islam Makhachev opened up the preliminary bouts on UFC Fight Pass with a quick first round knockout over UFC Veteran Gleison Tibau. Newcomer Matt Bessette took TUF Latin America season 2 winner Enrique Barzola to a decision. Unfortunately for Bessette he was on the losing side of the decision however it is likely that he will be back in the octagon.
Julio Arce won decisively in his UFC debut with a win over Dan Inge. Arce, who won last year on Dana White’s Tues Night Contender Series did not earn a contract at that time and was set to return back to the regional circuit at Ring of Combat when he got the call to the big stage.
Abdul Razak Alhassan laid out Sabah Homasi with a perfectly timed uppercut in the very first round of their fight. This bout was a continuation of a previous fight that was stopped prematurely by referee Herb Dean. Big knockout win for Alhassan.
Rob Font defeated Brazilian, Thomas Almeida tonight in Boston with a second round TKO.
Rising featherweight Shane Burgos was handed his first professional loss at the hands of Calvin Kattar. The TKO victory for Kattar came in the third round of a closely contested bout.
Complete UFC 220 results below:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Stipe Miocic defeated Francis Ngannou via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-44) – for heavyweight title
Champ Daniel Cormier defeated Volkan Oezdemir via TKO – Round 2, 2:00 – for light heavyweight title
Calvin Kattar defeated Shane Burgos via TKO – Round 3, 0:32
Gian Villante defeated Francimar Barroso via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Rob Font defeated Thomas Almeida via TKO – Round 2, 2:24
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
Kyle Bochniak defeated Brandon Davis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Abdul Razak Alhassan defeated Sabah Homasi via knockout (uppercut) – Round 1, 3:47
Dustin Ortiz defeated Alexandre Pantoja via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Julio Arce defeated Dan Ige via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
Enrique Barzola defeated Matt Bessette via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Islam Makhachev defeated Gleison Tibau via KO (punch) – Round 1, 0:57