ESPN's two top-ranked heavyweight fighters shared a coach in Fernand Lopez at the MMA Factory. The facility, based in Paris, was founded in 2012 by Lopez. The team guided Ngannou to the UFC in 2015, but the Cameroonian fighter moved to Las Vegas due to a falling out between he and Lopez.
Atlanta is eighth in the league scoring 111.2 points per game while shooting 46.3%. The teams square off for the third time this season. In the last meeting on Dec. 5 the Hornets won 130-127 led by 32 points from Bridges, while John Collins scored 31 points for the Hawks.
Reasons for Hawks’ struggles Abysmal defense The Hawks have the league’s worst defense, according to defensive rating. That is not surprising, considering the fact that the roster is very attack-oriented. Trae Young and Bogdan Bogdanovic started most games in the backcourt and neither are very good defensive players.