Francis Ngannou vs. Bojan Mihajlovic UFC on Fox 20 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/23/16
Mihajlovic vs. Ngannou
UFC: Saturday, July 23, 2016 (United Center)
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Francis Ngannou and Bojan Mihajlovic fight Saturday at the United Center on UFC on Fox 20.
Francis Ngannou enters this fight with a 7-1 record and has won 57 percent of his fights by knockout. Ngannou has won six straight fights and is coming off a April win over Curtis Blaydes. Ngannou is averaging 3.41 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 47.2 percent. Ngannou is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Ngannou has been on a roll ever since losing to Zoumana Cisse a few years ago, and he has a shot to improve to 3-0 in UFC play. Ngannou is a dangerous striker who has won his last three fights by knockout and is tough to adjust to given his frame at 6’4”. Ngannou has a real shot to quickly climb that UFC ladder in the heavyweight division. This will be Ngannou’s first fight in Chicago.
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Bojan Mihajlovic enters this fight with a 10-3 record and has won 40 percent of his fights by knockout. Mihajlovic has won his last 10 fights and is coming off a November win over Muhamed Mahmic. Mihajlovic is making his UFC debut at 36 years old and enters this match on a 10-match winning streak after losing his first three fights. Mihajlovic hasn’t beaten anybody noticeable throughout his career and is on the smaller side of the heavyweight division at 5’11”. Mihajlovic is able to use his small frame to his advantage, as he he lands compact punches and is successful with his takedowns. Mihajlovic seems more comfortable on the canvas where he can ground and pound his opponent or simply wear them down over time.
We have two fighters who are red hot, but you have to give the big advantage to Ngannou. Not only is he more experienced, but the size favors him as well. Mihajlovic is five inches shorter than his opponent, which could be a major problem if this fight lasts standing up.
Give me Ngannou for the victory.