UFC: Stipe Miocic sets UFC record with title defence against Francis Ngannou

In the penultimate bout of the night, there was also a third successful title defence for Daniel Cormier, who was reinstated as light-heavyweight champion following his third-round KO defeat to Jon Jones last July when Jones tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Even so, his hands remained risky, with a right hand sending the champ reeling in the third.

Ngannou spent much of the final 20 minutes of the fight either on his back or on all fours, trying to fend off the determined champion. House of Pain blared during Font's victory celebration inside the cage. However, the champion then used the position to pin the challenger in a crucifix position and unload a non-stop combination of punches to the head of the now helpless Oezdemir.

"I fought for a vacant title, and I got the job done, so I'm the UFC champion again".

Calvin Kattar, another New England fighter, broke open a close fight against Shane Burgos and via TKO in the third round.

Abdul Razak Alhassan caught Sabah Homasi flush with a right uppercut in the first round for one of the more spectacular knockouts in recent UFC history to win a welterweight bout at UFC 220 on Saturday night.

The TD Garden was packed and lit from the opening preliminary bout and the card was sprinkled with MA fighters that sent the crowd into a frenzy with each introduction.

Oezdemir walked to the cage with his native Swiss flag draped over his shoulder to nearly no reaction from the Boston crowd.

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Cleveland's Stipe Miocic (red gloves) ducks a punch while looking to deliver one of his own against Francis Ngannou (blue gloves) during UFC 220 at the TD Garden in Boston. This was only his seventh fight in the UFC. Left hand for Oezdemir. If he can return later this year, that would be a matchup for the ages.

Enrique Barzola defeated Matt Bessette by unanimous decision in another of the prelim fights. He was beaten by a better fighter.

The win was 35-year-old's the sixth straight while Ngannou had his 10-fight winning streak of stoppage wins snapped.

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Twenty seconds into the fourth, Miocic again tackles the challenger to the mat. With the win, the UFC heavyweight champion etched his name in the history books by becoming the first man to defend that belt three consecutive times. Ngannou fights just seven weeks after his stunning victory of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218. Cormier is a minus-350 (risking $3.50 to win $1) favorite, with Oezdemir coming back at plus-270 (risking $1 to win $2.70).

It was the fifth UFC event held at the TD Garden and marked the highest attendance ever for the company.

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