UFC 220 staff picks: One of the two title fights in Boston is unanimous

 

Miocic

vs.

Ngannou
Cormier

vs.

Oezdemir
Burgos

vs.

Kattar
Barroso

vs.

Villante
Almeida

vs.

Font
MMAjunkie readers’

consensus picks

2018: 1-2
miocic2018

Miocic

(62%)
cormier2018

Cormier

(77%)
burgos2018

Burgos

(68%)
villante2018

Villante

(65%)
talmeida2018

Almeida

(81%)
Dan Tom

@DanTomMMA

2018: 3-0
ngannou2018

Ngannou
cormier2018

Cormier
burgos2018

Burgos
villante2018

Villante
talmeida2018

Almeida
Brian Garcia

@thegoze

2018: 2-1

trophy copy 2017 Champion
miocic2018

Miocic
cormier2018

Cormier
burgos2018

Burgos
barroso2018

Barroso
talmeida2018

Almeida
Simon Samano

@SJSamano

2018: 2-1
miocic2018

Miocic
cormier2018

Cormier
burgos2018

Burgos
villante2018

Villante
talmeida2018

Almeida
Steven Marrocco

@MMAjunkieSteven

2018: 2-1
miocic2018

Miocic
cormier2018

Cormier
burgos2018

Burgos
barroso2018

Barroso
talmeida2018

Almeida
John Morgan

@MMAjunkieJohn

2018: 128-88
ngannou2018

Ngannou
cormier2018

Cormier
burgos2018

Burgos
villante2018

Villante
talmeida2018

Almeida
Matt Erickson

@MMAjunkieMatt

2018: 2-1
miocic2018

Miocic
cormier2018

Cormier
burgos2018

Burgos
villante2018

Villante
talmeida2018

Almeida
Ken Hathaway

@kenshathaway

2018: 2-1
ngannou2018

Ngannou
cormier2018

Cormier
burgos2018

Burgos
villante2018

Villante
talmeida2018

Almeida
Ben Fowlkes

@BenFowlkesMMA

2018: 1-2

trophy copy 2016 Champion
ngannou2018

Ngannou
cormier2018

Cormier
burgos2018

Burgos
villante2018

Villante
talmeida2018

Almeida
Dann Stupp

@DannStupp

2018: 1-2

trophy copy 2015 Champion
ngannou2018

Ngannou
cormier2018

Cormier
kattar2018

Kattar
villante2018

Villante
talmeida2018

Almeida
Mike Bohn

@MikeBohnMMA

2018: 1-2

trophy copy 2014 Champion
miocic2018

Miocic
cormier2018

Cormier
burgos2018

Burgos
villante2018

Villante
talmeida2018

Almeida
Fernanda Prates

@nandaprates_

2018: 1-2
ngannou2018

Ngannou
cormier2018

Cormier
burgos2018

Burgos
villante2018

Villante
talmeida2018

Almeida
George Garcia

@MMAjunkieGeorge

2018: 1-2
miocic2018

Miocic
cormier2018

Cormier
burgos2018

Burgos
villante2018

Villante
font2018

Font
Trent Reinsmith

@TrentReinsmith

2018: 1-2
miocic2018

Miocic
cormier2018

Cormier
burgos2018

Burgos
barroso2018

Barroso
talmeida2018

Almeida
Abbey Subhan

@kammakaze

2018: 1-2
ngannou2018

Ngannou
cormier2018

Cormier
burgos2018

Burgos
villante2018

Villante
talmeida2018

Almeida

The UFC is back in Boston for a championship weekend in multiple sports. The promotion has two titles on the line the night before the Patriots try to get back to yet another Super Bowl, leading to a palpable buzz in “Beantown.”

UFC 220 takes place Saturday at TD Garden in Boston. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) is in pursuit of UFC history against challenger Francis Ngannou (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC). A win would give Miocic a company record three straight heavyweight title defense – yet he’s the underdog to the hard-hitting Ngannou. And for the second straight week to start the new year, our 14 MMAjunkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers are split right down the middle at 7-7 between the champ and challenger.

In the co-feature, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) meets upstart challenger Volkan Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who tore through his first three UFC opponents, all in 2017, to get a quick title shot. Cormier is a more than 3-1 favorite, and he is the only unanimous pick on the card with 14 of 14 taking him to win.

Also on the main card, Boston’s own Calvin Kattar (17-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) meets Shane Burgos (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at featherweight, but it’s slight favorite Burgos with a giant 13-1 edge in the picks. Francimar Barroso (19-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC) meets Gian Villante (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC) at light heavyweight in a fight that sees the favored Villante with a big 11-3 picks lead.

And to open the main card on pay-per-view, Thomas Almeida (22-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) takes on Boston’s Rob Font (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in a bantamweight bout. It’s a close fight from an odds perspective, but it’s near unanimous with our staff pickers at 13-1 for Brazil’s Almeida.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Miocic, Cormier, Burgos, Villante and Almeida are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC 220, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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