A pair of heavy hitters in MMA’s greatest division will sq. off as soon as once more Saturday night time when Stipe Miocic defends his heavyweight title in opposition to 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 determination victory at UFC 220. After falling quick in opposition to Derrick Lewis in his subsequent combat, 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 2 had a rubber match final August and Miocic got here out on high in that as properly, a unanimous determination that despatched Cormier into retirement.
With an incensed Ngannou coming for his crown, will Miocic be capable of hold 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 reside updates, highlights from UFC 260
11:57 p.m.: The principle occasion is up now as Stipe Miocic will defend his title as soon as once more in opposition to Francis Ngannou. Has the challenger found out cease the takedown and preserve his vitality or will Miocic dominate him once more?
11:45 p.m.: This is likely to be the top of Tyron Woodley’s UFC profession after he was submitted by Vicente Luque within the first spherical. The previous champion opened the combat by throwing warning to the win and letting his fingers go. Woodley rocked Luque with a proper hand however Luque obliterated his equilibrium with a proper hand behind the ear. After pouring on the punishment, Luque sank in a D’arce choke and received the submission.
11:33 p.m.: It is probably win or go dwelling for Tyron Woodley as the previous welterweight champion seems to finish a three-fight dropping streak in opposition to Vincente Luque. Woodley has suffered three straight losses to Kamaru Usman, Gilbert Burns and Colby Covington after holding the welterweight title from 2016-2019. Can he regain his kind or will Luque show that he is worthy of being within the title dialog.
11:28 p.m.: Sean O’Malley put collectively a improbable 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. However Almeida recovered and remained within the combat, providing a aggressive second spherical. However O’Malley’s velocity and inventive method have been merely an excessive amount of for him. A brief left hand dropped Almeida within the third and O’Malley almost 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 likely 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 combat that few count on to go the space.
10:56 p.m.: Miranda Maverick will probably discover herself within the rankings at flyweight with a dominant unanimous determination victory over Gillian Robertson. Maverick was just too highly effective, utilized wonderful hanging and overcame some adversity within the second spherical to earn the very best 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 combat was bumped as much as the primary card after Alexander Volkanovski was identified with COVID and faraway from his featherweight title bout in opposition to Brian Ortega.
10:22 p.m.: Effectively, 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 is simply what we would have liked after a sleepy prelim.
10:00 p.m: Welcome to Sporting Information’ reside protection of UFC 260. The principle card is about to start. What did you miss on the prelims? Not a lot. Except for Alonzo Menifield scoring the fourth Von Flue choke in UFC historical past in his victory in opposition to Fabio Cherant, there wasn’t a lot to see. Hopefully, issues change with the primary card.
Miocic vs. Ngannou 2 begin time
- Early prelims: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Prelims: 8p.m.ET
- PPV major card: 10p.m. ET
Broadcast protection of UFC 260 will start with the UFC Combat Cross prelims at 7:30 p.m. ET adopted by the prelims at 8 p.m. ET. The pay-per-view occasion is about 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 depends upon the size of earlier fights.
Methods to watch Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou 2 on PPV
The whole UFC 260 card, together with the PPV major card, is out there within the U.S. on the ESPN+ subscription streaming service.
Earlier fights, nonetheless, are additionally viewable reside on ESPN and the Watch ESPN app and, for the early prelims, on UFC Combat Cross.
In Canada, the primary card pay-per-view is out there on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink and UFC PPV on UFC Combat Cross. Prelims are on TSN and RDS.
UFC 260 combat card
Fundamental card (ESPN+ PPV)
- Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Francis Ngannou, for Miocic’s UFC heavyweight championship
- Vicente Luque def. Tyron Woodley through 1st spherical submission (3:56)
- Sean O’Malley def. Thomas Almeida through third spherical KO (3:52)
- Miranda Maverick def. Gillian Robertson through unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27 & 29-28)
- Jamie Mullarkey def. Khama Price through 1st spherical KO (:46)
Preliminary card (ESPN/ESPN+)
- Alonzo Menifield def. Fabio Cherant through 1st spherical submission (1:11)
- Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. Jared Gooden through unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27)
- Michał Oleksiejczuk def. Modestas Bukauskas through break up determination (29-28, 29-28 & 28-29)
- Omar Morales def. Shane Younger through unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27)
Early Prelims (ESPN+/UFC Combat Cross)
- Marc-André Barriault def. Abu Azaitar through third spherical TKO (4:56)