March 27th, UFC 260 will see Two-Time Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic enters the Octagon for the 18th time against a familiar face in Francis N’Gannou, a heavyweight contender known for his ferocious power and calm demeanor.
After defeating Francis N’Gannou (15-3-0) back in 2018, many called Stipe Miocic (20-3-0) the GOAT UFC heavyweight. For Stipe, more than his belt is on the line as he looks to defend for the fifth time in a division where no champion has defended the belt more than twice. Coming off back-to-back wins over former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, Miocic enters the fight at UFC 260 as an underdog once again as the Cameroonian knockout artist Francis N’Gannou sails into the fight on an impressive 4-fight win streak. Riding the winds off first round knockouts over the likes of Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos, and recent heavyweight upstart Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Francis “The Predator” N’Gannou looks to show the world he is the new breed and is here to stay.
And in the co-main event, UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski (22-1-0) returns to improve on his 8-year unbeaten streak with a win over featherweight perennial contender Brian Ortega (15-1-0). Brian “T-City” Ortega is coming off a dominant victory over Chan Sung Jung, a popular favorite amongst fans and fighters alike, which showcased his improved boxing skills. Known for his slick submissions, Brian Ortega looks to bring the belt back to Torrance, California whether it is earned via bloody striking exchanges or technical grappling prowess. In his way stands an undisputed champion who has earned more than his fair share in blood. After a shocking victory over Max Holloway in 2019, Volkanovski would defend again against Holloway, this time with a controversial split decision in 2020. Having not lost in 8 years, Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski is looking to bring his belt back to his home in Australia and prove he is not just some anomaly.
This evening will also see the return of rising star “Sugar” Sean O’Malley (12-1-0) against Thomas Almeida (22-4-0), a once hot prospect that now owns a 3-fight losing streak. After suffering damage from continued calf kicks and a subsequent TKO loss to Marlon Vera, O’Malley was handed his first professional loss. However, some feel O’Malley may no longer feel the need to “Defend the 0” and instead grow properly as the next star of the UFC’s bantamweight division. Thomas Almeida meanwhile is looking to regain the traction he once had and show that he is not just a former prospect but a potential title contender.
UFC 260 will take place LIVE March 27th, 10PM EST.
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