The UFC has been serving some of the most entertaining events and cards of the year. That is bound to continue as we near one of the most awaited of the season, from Europe to Africa, as Cameroon’s Francis Ngannou challenges Stipe Miocic for the Heavyweight title. The date is March 27, when the best the heavyweight division has to offer will go at each other for the second time in their careers. The challenger, Ngannou, is having a second bite at the cherry after losing to Miocic in 2018. Another big UFC pay-per-view will mean a lot of activity in the Virginia online betting scene, which usually is one of the most active for sportsbooks during these events.
The 34-year old fighting out of Paris, France, has had to fight his way back into contention after a shock loss to Derrick Lewis, a few months after the Miocic fight. With last year being a mess thanks to the coronavirus, it was hard to get anything going but Ngannou had 20 seconds to spare, taking down Jairzinho Rozenstruik, giving him four wins on the trot since the loss to Lewis. In the first fight between these two, all eyes were on Ngannou because of the momentum he had going in and because, quite frankly, he fits the profile of a champion. This time again, the eyes will be on him and what he can exact on Miocic by way of revenge or correcting his errors from last time. All the pressure is on him as well, but The Predator looks ready and more at ease this time.
On the other hand, Miocic has let all the focus on Ngannou give him space to breathe and prepare himself. Not the loudest of champions, the Ohio native has not been bothered much since losing to Daniel Cormier in 2018. He had Miocic vs. Cormier 2 and 3 to exact his revenge and regain his title. Ngannou will have his work cut out against the champ but Miocic is also four years older than his challenger, something that could be the delicate balance to decide the fight. More age means experience but it could also mean less resistance, especially against a hard-hitter like Ngannou. Either ways, it should be much different from the first fight and be a legacy match for both men.
In the other fights in the event, Sean O’Malley, one of the golden boys from the DWCS, will be looking to wipe the taste of his first-ever loss in 14 pro fights when he faces Thomas Almeida. Tyrone Woodley will be hashing it out against Vicente Luque, while Brian Ortega will be challenge Alexander Volkanovski for the featherweight title. Both Woodley and Luque have 19 wins each in their career, with both men set on stepping on the other to make 20. In the preliminary cards, Hannah Goldy will go up against Jessica Penne, Jamal Mullarkey will take on Khama Worthy, with Luana Pinheiro clashing with Randa Markos.
Two championships may change hands at UFC 260, with all eyes on Ngannou.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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