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(C) Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou – Heavyweight Division
Francis Ngannou (-130)
Tyron Woodley vs Vicente Luque – Welterweight Division
Vicente Luque (-265)
Sean O’Malley vs Thomas Almeida – Bantamweight Division
Sean O’Malley (-305)
Gillian Robertson vs Miranda Maverick – Women’s Flyweight Division
Miranda Maverick (-175)
Khama Worthy vs Jamie Mullarkey – Lightweight Division
Jamie Mullarkey (+125)
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|UFC 260 Information|
|What||UFC 260: Miocic vs Ngannou II|
|Where||UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|When||Saturday, March 27, 10 PM EST|
|How to watch||UFC Fight Pass, Pay-per-view, Watch on ESPN+ here!|
|Stipe Miocic||TALE OF THE TAPE||Francis Ngannou|
|6 ft. 4 in.||Height||6 ft. 4 in.|
|80 in.||Reach||83 in.|
Considered by many as the greatest heavyweight of all-time, boasting more UFC title defenses than any other heavyweight in the promotion’s history, champion Stipe Miocic once again finds himself in a rematch – possibly his toughest to date.
After winning the title in 2016 from Fabricio Werdum, Miocic went on to defend it three times against Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos, and the man he fights Saturday night: Francis Ngannou. He dominated Ngannou and exposed his lack of wrestling skill in what would become his record-breaking win.
Following the first Ngannou fight, Miocic took part in a trilogy of fights with former light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. Cormier would knock out Stipe Miocic in the first round of their first fight. But Miocic would win his title back with a TKO stoppage in their second fight and would secure his position as champion with a unanimous decision win in their third.
The Ohio native has been fighting professionally since 2010. He trains with coach Marcus Marinelli with the Strong Style Fight Team. He has NCAA Division I wrestling credentials, which were on full display in the first fight against Ngannou. He stands equal to his opponent but will be at a three-inch reach disadvantage in the fight.
He is ranked third on the best fighters’ pound-for-pound list.
As mentioned earlier, Ngannou got a huge wake-up call in his first fight with Miocic. Ngannou had nothing but first-round knockouts leading into that fight and Miocic took him the distance, exposing poor wrestling skills and an even poorer gas tank.
Since his loss to Stipe, we haven’t seen anyone else get a chance to take Ngannou down, as he has gone on to secure four more first-round knockouts – all in a row. His most recent bout came against Jairzinho Rozenstruik last May. He knocked him out in 20-seconds. In fact, his last four fights only lasted a combined 2-minutes and 42-seconds.
As mentioned earlier, Ngannou and his power will have a three-inch reach advantage over Stipe Miocic. Ngannou is also four-years younger. The Cameroon native has been fighting since 2013 and currently trains with Xtreme Couture and with the UFC Performance Institute with coach Dewey Cooper. It has also been reported that welterweight champion Kamaru Usman – a dominant wrestler – will also be in Ngannou’s corner during the fight Saturday night.
Ngannou is ranked as the number-one heavyweight in the UFC – just behind the champion.
|Tyron Woodley||TALE OF THE TAPE||Vicente Luque|
|5 ft. 9 in.||Height||5 ft. 11 in.|
|74 in.||Reach||75.5 in.|
A former UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley hasn’t looked the same since losing his title to Kamaru Usman in 2019. Currently riding a three-fight losing streak (the first losing streak of his career), Woodley most recently fought and lost against rival Colby Covington. Covington had dominated much of the fight and was awarded a TKO victory in the fifth round due to Woodley suffering a rib injury. This is his first fight back since his recovery.
Prior to the Covington fight, Woodley had lost back-to-back unanimous decisions to Gilbert Burns and Kamaru Usman.
The 38-year-old trains with Roufusport gym. He holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Din Thomas and boasts NCAA Division I wrestling credentials. He has been fighting since 2006 and won the UFC welterweight title in 2016 with a first-round knockout of Robbie Lawler. He defended the belt three times.
He is currently ranked as the seventh-best welterweight in the division.
Vicente Luque was a star on the rise in the UFC, putting together a six-fight winning streak before coming up short in a unanimous decision loss against Stephen Thompson at UFC 244 in 2019.
Since then he has gotten back on track, defeating Niko Price (for a second time) via TKO last May and quickly turning around to KO Randy Brown last August.
Luque enters the cage Saturday night with a two-inch height and 1.5-inch reach advantage. Born in New Jersey, Luque is a student of both Cerrado MMA and Sanford MMA. He has been fighting since 2009 and holds a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu as well as a purple belt in Luta Livre. He is ranked number ten in the welterweight division.
|Sean O’Malley||TALE OF THE TAPE||Thomas Almeida|
|5 ft. 11 in.||Height||5 ft. 7 in.|
|72 in.||Reach||70 in.|
Despite his last performance, there is no doubting that Sean O’Malley is still one of the hottest prospects fighting for the UFC. Entering the UFC as an undefeated fighter in 2017, O’Malley won his first four fights in a row for the promotion with his last two defeats against Jose Quinonez and Eddie Wineland coming via first-round knockouts.
His most recent fight saw him suffer his first professional loss, however, at the hands of Marlon Vera last August at UFC 252. O’Malley lost the bout via the first-round TKO but it seemed clear that a leg injury played a large part in the loss.
The 26-year-old will enter the cage Saturday four-inches taller than his opponent and will have a two-inch reach advantage in the bout. Fighting since 2013, O’Malley trains at the MMA Lab and holds a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Augusto Mendes and Tim Welch. He has yet to crack into the top-15 rankings of the bantamweight division.
You could speculate all day, but one has to believe that the UFC is keeping their sights set on Sean O’Malley rising to the top as they’ve pitted him against Thomas Almeida here who has gone just 1-4 over his last five fights.
Almeida is currently riding a three-fight losing streak – losing two fights by decision and won via TKO. His last bout was a unanimous decision loss to Jonathan Martinez last October – although the bout was held at featherweight.
Almeida has been fighting since 2011 and currently trains with the Chute Boxe Academy as well as with Xtreme Couture. He holds a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu as well as a black belt in muay Thai. He is a former Legacy FC bantamweight champion.
|Gillian Robertson||TALE OF THE TAPE||Miranda Maverick|
|5 ft. 5 in.||Height||5 ft. 3 in.|
|63 in.||Reach||65 in.|
After winning back-to-back fights against Cortney Casey and Poliana Botelho, Gillian Robertson suffered a setback last December as she dropped a unanimous decision to Taila Santos. She has now had a two-fight winning streak snapped three times during her UFC career.
The Canadian fighter will have a two-inch height advantage Saturday night but will also have a two-inch reach disadvantage. Robertson has been fighting since 2016 and holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under former UFC fighter Din Thomas. She trains under head coach Daniel Donaldson and is a former student of the American Top Team. She is currently ranked as the 15th-best UFC women’s flyweight.
Miranda Maverick only has one UFC fight under her belt but is riding a four-fight professional win streak overall. She debuted for the UFC last October at UFC 254 and defeated Liana Jojua via first-round TKO. Prior to joining the UFC, she won back-to-back fights for Invicta FC.
Maverick comes into this bout as the younger fighter and will have a two-inch reach advantage over her opponent. She currently trains out of The House of Muay Thai with coaches Jake Chamberlain and Mackens Semerzier. She has been fighting since 2016 and holds a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
|Khama Worthy||TALE OF THE TAPE||Jamie Mullarkey|
|5 ft. 11 in.||Height||6 ft.|
|74 in.||Reach||74 in.|
Khama Worthy was riding a five-fight professional winning streak when he debuted in the UFC in August 2019. He won his first two fights for the promotion, defeating Devonte Smith via TKO and Luis Pena via guillotine choke submission. However, he would suffer his first UFC loss in his most recent bout. Last September, Worthy took on Ottman Azaitar and lost via the first-round TKO.
The American-born fighter has been fighting since 2012 and holds a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He trains out of his home state of Pennsylvania with the Pittsburgh Academy. He is currently unranked by the UFC but was the inaugural 247 Fighting Championship lightweight champion.
Jamie Mullarkey was riding a four-fight winning streak when he signed with the UFC in 2019. But so far the Australian fighter has gone 0-2 for the promotion. He debuted in October 2019, losing a unanimous decision to Brad Riddell. He would return to the octagon one year later and drop another unanimous decision – this time to Fares Ziam.
Born in Australia, Jamie Mullarkey currently trains out of South Wales with Magnus Martial Arts Erina. He is eight years younger than his opponent and will have a one-inch height advantage Saturday night.
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