A pair of heavy hitters in MMA’s largest division will sq. off as soon as once more Saturday evening when Stipe Miocic defends his heavyweight title towards the game’s premier knockout artist, Francis Ngannou, at UFC 260 contained in the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The final time Miocic and Ngannou met, Miocic retained his title with a unanimous choice victory at UFC 220. After falling brief towards Derrick Lewis in his subsequent fight, Ngannou went on a tear of 4 straight first-round knockout victories over Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos and Jairzinho Rozenstruik to earn one other shot on the title.
Since defeating Ngannou, Miocic has solely confronted Daniel Cormier. Miocic dropped the title to Cormier at UFC 226 however regained it with a fourth-round knockout at UFC 241 in August 2019. The two had a rubber match final August and Miocic got here out on prime in that as nicely, a unanimous choice that despatched Cormier into retirement.
With an incensed Ngannou coming for his crown, will Miocic have the ability to maintain his head and switch again the problem, or will there be a brand new king of the heavyweight division after Saturday?
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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou 2 live updates, highlights from UFC 260
11:28 p.m.: Sean O’Malley put collectively a incredible efficiency to earn a third-round knockout of Thomas Almeida. O’Malley made the error of considering he had a walk-off knockout within the first with a head kick. But Almeida recovered and remained within the fight, providing a aggressive second spherical. But O’Malley’s velocity and inventive approach have been merely an excessive amount of for him. A brief left hand dropped Almeida within the third and O’Malley practically earned the walk-off once more however returned to the scene of the crime to complete the job with a vicious proper hand.
11:00 p.m.: Up subsequent is without doubt one of the hottest prospects within the bantamweight division dealing with a fighter who was as soon as acknowledged because the quickest rising star of the division when Sean O’Malley faces Thomas Almeida in a fight that few anticipate to go the space.
10:56 p.m.: Miranda Maverick will seemingly discover herself within the rankings at flyweight with a dominant unanimous choice victory over Gillian Robertson. Maverick was just too highly effective, utilized glorious hanging and overcame some adversity within the second spherical to earn the most effective victory of her profession so far. The sky is the restrict for Maverick.
10:26 p.m: Gillian Robertson vs. Miranda Maverick in a ladies’s flyweight bout is up subsequent. This fight was bumped as much as the principle card after Alexander Volkanovski was recognized with COVID and eliminated from his featherweight title bout towards Brian Ortega.
10:22 p.m.: Well, that is the way you get issues began! Jamie Mullarkey obliterated Khama Worthy in simply 46 seconds and one completely positioned left hook. It was lovely. It was brutal. It’s simply what we would have liked after a sleepy prelim.
10:00 p.m: Welcome to Sporting News’ live protection of UFC 260. The primary card is about to start. What did you miss on the prelims? Not a lot. Aside from Alonzo Menifield scoring the fourth Von Flue choke in UFC historical past in his victory towards Fabio Cherant, there wasn’t a lot to see. Hopefully, issues change with the principle card.
Miocic vs. Ngannou 2 begin time
- Early prelims: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Prelims: 8p.m.ET
- PPV primary card: 10p.m. ET
Broadcast protection of UFC 260 will start with the UFC Fight Pass prelims at 7:30 p.m. ET adopted by the prelims at 8 p.m. ET. The pay-per-view occasion is ready to start at 10 p.m. ET. Miocic and Ngannou are anticipated to hit the Octagon about 12:15 a.m. ET, though the precise time is dependent upon the size of earlier fights.
How to observe Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou 2 on PPV
The whole UFC 260 card, together with the PPV primary card, is on the market within the U.S. on the ESPN+ subscription streaming service.
Earlier fights, nevertheless, are additionally viewable live on ESPN and the Watch ESPN app and, for the early prelims, on UFC Fight Pass.
In Canada, the principle card pay-per-view is on the market on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass. Prelims are on TSN and RDS.
UFC 260 fight card
Main card (ESPN+ PPV)
- Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Francis Ngannou, for Miocic’s UFC heavyweight championship
- Tyron Woodley vs. Vicente Luque; welterweights
- Sean O’Malley def. Thomas Almeida by way of third spherical KO (3:52)
- Miranda Maverick def. Gillian Robertson by way of unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27 & 29-28)
- Jamie Mullarkey def. Khama Worth by way of 1st spherical KO (:46)
Preliminary card (ESPN/ESPN+)
- Alonzo Menifield def. Fabio Cherant by way of 1st spherical submission (1:11)
- Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. Jared Gooden by way of unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27)
- Michał Oleksiejczuk def. Modestas Bukauskas by way of cut up choice (29-28, 29-28 & 28-29)
- Omar Morales def. Shane Young by way of unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27)
Early Prelims (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass)
- Marc-André Barriault def. Abu Azaitar by way of third spherical TKO (4:56)