Check out UFC 260 tips and previews for all five main card fights in Las Vegas, including the much-anticipated heavyweight rematch between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou.
- Miocic 20-3 (15 by KO/TKO)
- Ngannou 15-3 (11 by KO/TKO)
- Miocic def Daniel Cormier @ UFC 252 – Rd 5 – Unanimous decision
- Ngannou def Jairzinho Rozenstruik @ UFC 249 – Rd 1 – KO
Analysis: It’s a rematch three years in the making – and a potentially career-defining bout for Francis Ngannou. ‘The Predator’ went down to Stipe Miocic at UFC 220 in early-2018. Miocic withstood an early barrage and gained a unanimous decision over his exhausted opponent.
Since then, Miocic has engaged in a gruelling trilogy with Daniel Cormier. He was knocked out in the initial clash at UFC 226, regained the Heavyweight Championship via a fourth-round TKO in the rematch at UFC 241 and earned a unanimous decision last August at UFC 252.
The ferocious Ngannou, meanwhile, has chalked up four straight Round 1 knockout victories. He has needed less than three minutes in the octagon in total to stop Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos and Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
The 38-year-old champ can’t be underestimated – his grappling and takedown ability, along with 15 career knockouts from 20 fights, render him one of the UFC’s greatest heavyweights. But Ngannou, 34, is vastly improved from their last meeting and rates as the most powerful striker the division has ever seen. If he’s going to wrest the belt from Miocic, the Predator needs to do it early – but this is his moment.
- Woodley 19-6 (7 by KO/TKO)
- Luque 19-7 (11 by KO/TKO)
- Woodley def by Colby Covington @ UFC Fight Night – Rd 5 – TKO
- Luque def Randy Brown @ UFC Fight Night – Rd 2 – KO
Analysis: Former UFC Welterweight champ Tyron Woodley is aiming to rectify a flagging career after three straight losses. Woodley lost the belt to Kamaru Usman in his fifth defence at UFC 235 two years ago. Since then, he lost another unanimous decision to Gilbert Burns last May and succumbed to a rib injury in the fifth round of his clash with Colby Covington in September.
Woodley faces 10th-ranked welterweight contender Vincente Luque. The 29-year-old boasts a 12-2 record since joining the UFC in 2015. His 2020 efforts consisted of a third-round TKO of Niko Price and a second-round knockout of Randy Brown.
The 38-year-old Woodley is one of the best welterweights we’ve seen but an overreliance on punching power has looked increasingly ineffective over the past couple of years. Luque, the hot $1.37 favourite, has only won two fights in his career by decision but he’s likely to have to go the distance to overcome Woodley.
- O’Malley 12-1 (8 by KO/TKO)
- Almeida 22-4 (17 by KO/TKO)
- O’Malley def by Marlon Vera @ UFC 252 – Rd 1 – TKO
- Almeida def by Jonathan Martinez @ UFC Fight Night – Rd 3 – Unanimous decision
Analysis: This bantamweight showdown sees Sean O’Malley aiming to bounce back from the first loss of his career. The 26-year-old was stopped in the first round by Marlon Vera at UFC 252 in August (TKO elbows and punches) after crafting a 12-0 record with eight knockouts.
Experienced Brazilian Thomas Almeida has a more significant slump to bust out of, losing four of his last five fights after going 21-0. The 29-year-old has fought just once since January 2018 – a three-round unanimous decision loss to Jonathan Martinez in October.
This is the perfect opportunity for fast-striking O’Malley to get back on track. Almeida is on the decline and is set to struggle.
- Robertson 9-5 (1 by KO/TKO)
- Maverick 8-2 (1 by KO/TKO)
- Robertson def by Talia Santos @ UFC Fight Night – Rd 3 – Unanimous decision
- Maverick def Liana Jojua @ UFC 254 – Rd 1 – TKO
Analysis: Gillian Robertson has been super-busy in the women’s flyweight division since coming under the UFC banner in 2018, winning five of eight fights. The submission specialist defeated Cortney Casey and Poliana Botelho in 2020 but loss to Talia Santos via unanimous decision in December after a mere two-month break between bouts.
Former Invicta tyro Miranda Maverick lines up for just her second fight in the UFC. She stopped Liana Jojua by Round 1 TKO on UFC debut in October. Maverick’s brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a good counter for Robertson’s takedown ability and submission holds, but the more experienced competitor is irresistible value as the underdog here.
- Mullarkey 12-4 (8 by KO/TKO)
- Worthy 16-7 (9 by KO/TKO)
- Mullarkey def by Fares Ziam @ UFC Fight Night – Rd 3 – Unanimous decision
- Worthy def by Ottman Azaitar @ UFC Fight Night – Rd 1 – TKO
Analysis: Australian Jamie Mullarkey is aiming to arrest a two-fight losing streak. The 26-year-old is coming off unanimous decision defeats to Brad Riddell in October 2019 and Fares Ziam in October last year – his only bouts since joining the UFC.
The 34-year-old Khama Worthy boasts just three fights under the UFC banner. He beat Devonte Smith by TKO at UFC 241 and forced Luis Pena to submit with a guillotine choke in June last year, but lost to Ottman Azaitar by first-round TKO in September.
The gritty Mullarkey is only a $2.08 outsider but looks to be outmatched here. Worthy counts nine knockouts among his 16 career wins and his offensive arsenal should be too much for the younger fighter.