UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou
UFC 220 is a twelve-fight bill which takes place at TD Garden in Boston on Sunday January 21. The event is headlined by a pair of championship bouts, featuring the current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic who defends his belt against Francis Ngannou, and the defending light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier who faces Volkan Oezdemir.
This week the fight card has suffered a change, and has been finalized on Friday. Enrique Barzola was expected to face Arnold Allen in a featherweight bout, however the latter was pulled from the card reportedly due to VISA issues. The promotion announced Matt Bessette as a new opponent for Barzola, consequently completing the fight card.
“The UFC 220 card on Jan. 20 [Jan. 21 in Australia] is now complete, as Connecticut featherweight Matt Bessette will take the trip up I-95 to Boston’s TD Garden to face former TUF Latin America winner Enrique Barzola,” says the announcement.
“Fighting out of Bristol, the 33-year-old Bessette has paid his dues on the regional circuit en route to 22 wins in 30 pro fights, and while a fight on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series against Kurt Holobaugh resulted in a no contest, he will get his first shot in the UFC close to home as he faces Peruvian standout Barzola, who has won two straight over Chris Avila and Gabriel Benitez.”
The current UFC 220 fight card can be found below. The fight order is expected to be announced in the coming days.
Heavyweight Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou
Light Heavyweight Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir
Featherweight Calvin Kattar vs. Shane Burgos
Light Heavyweight Gian Villante vs. Francimar Barroso
Bantamweight Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font
Featherweight Kyle Bochniak vs. Brandon Davis
Welterweight Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi
Flyweight Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja
Featherweight Dan Ige vs. Julio Arce
Strawweight Maryna Moroz vs. Jamie Moyle
Lightweight Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau
Featherweight Enrique Barzola vs. Matt Bessette