The next big fight night in the UFC is set for this coming Saturday, January 20 in Boston, with Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou going head to head in a heavyweight title bout that, will serve as the headliner. While the main event is getting all the press there are several great fights on the main card besides the battle of the big men. We are going to take a closer look at the UFC 220 odds for all the fights on the main card, and will also be making some predictions as we go, so let’s get this thing started.

Dustin Ortiz (+140) vs Alexandre Pantoja (-160)

You might expect that the experience that Ortiz brings to the Octagon would have him in as the favorite here, but the problem with this fighter is that he always seems to save his best for lesser fighters. Whenever he is forced to go up against a contender, he always seems to struggle, and a contender is what he is facing here. Pantoja is just 2-0 in the UFC, but he has shown enough in those two fights to earn this one. If Pantoja wins here, which I believe he will, he will very quickly move up the flyweight ranks.

Alexandre Pantoja

Gleison Tibau (+190) vs Islam Makhachev (-230)

This fight is notable due to the fact that it will be the return to action for Gleison Tibau after serving a 2-year drug suspension. The lightweight division is loaded with talented fighters, and while you may not be that familiar with Islam Makhachev, he is definitely a name that you will want to keep an eye on in the future. He is 3-1 in UFC competition and is the favorite for this one, most likely due to the fact that Tibau is going to have some rust. I think Makhachev wins this one inside the distance.

Islam Makhachev

Volkan Oezdemir (+250) vs Daniel Cormier (-300)

Cormier comes into this light heavyweight title fight as the defending champion, but only on a technicality. Cormier was hammered by Jon Jones in his last fight but got the title back after it as revealed that Jones had failed a drug test. You need to wonder how all of this is going to affect the psyche of Cormier, especially against a fighter who is on the rise, taking down top 10 opponents in stunning style, including a shocking win over Ovince Saint Preux. This is one that is likely to go the decision, and I think Cormier will win by decision.

Daniel Cormier

Stipe Miocic (+160) vs Francis Ngannou (-185)

The UFC heavyweight division has lost some of its luster over the past few years, and it’s fair to say that the division needs a great fight to get back on the map. This may well prove to be the fight that makes it fun to watch the big men do battle once again. Miocic is proving to be the capable champion that the heavyweight division needed, and he is a fighter that can beat you in several different ways. Ngannou arrived on the UFC scene with a bang, and while he may not win this one, he is a fighter that is likely to get more than one shot at the title in the future. This is another one that could go all the way, and I think Miocic will get the nod.