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UFC 260 Prelim Card
Marc-Andre Barriault takes on Abu Azaitar in middleweight action. It’s a close fight but the oddsmakers are giving the slightest of edges to the Canadian Barriault despite being winless in four UFC outings.
Featherweights Shane Young and Omar Morales will also clash on the card. Despite coming off a knockout in his last fight, Young should get the job done against the 35-year-old Morales who recently suffered his first professional defeat.
Gillian Robertson returns in women’s flyweight action as she meets Miranda Maverick. Although the grappler Robertson is more experienced in the UFC, she is coming off a loss while Maverick is coming off a TKO win over Liana Jojua in her promotional debut.
Modestas Bukauskas collides with Michal Oleksiejczuk in a light heavyweight encounter. Despite being on a two-fight losing streak, Oleksiejczuk should come out on top in this battle or prospects over Bukauskas who is also coming off a defeat.
Abubakar Nurmagomedov will look to earn his first UFC win when he faces Jared Gooden in a welterweight contest. While he suffered a triangle choke submission defeat in his UFC debut, oddsmakers expect the PFL and WSOF vet Nurmagomedov to get the win over Gooden who also suffered a loss in his promotional debut.
Fabio Cherant steps in on short notice for William Knight –removed due to COVID-19 protocol—to face Alonzo Menifield in a light heavyweight tilt. Cherant is fresh off of his LFA title victory to make his UFC debut. Menifield has dropped his last two.
UFC 260 Main Card
Jamie Mullarkey (12-4) vs. Khama Worthy (16-7)
Jamie Mullarkey will get a main card spot when he meets Khama Worthy in a lightweight bout. Mullarkey joined the UFC in 2019 on a four-fight winning streak but has been winless since following defeats to Brad Riddell and Fares Ziam. The Australian won’t face an easier task in Worthy who despite coming off a TKO defeat to Ottman Azaitar, is 2-1 in the UFC overall.
Sean O’Malley (12-1) vs. Thomas Almeida (22-4)
Sean O’Malley will look to return to the win column when he takes on Thomas Almeida in an explosive bantamweight affair. O’Malley suffered his first professional defeat following a first-round TKO defeat to Marlon Vera last August. While he has blamed his ankle injury for the defeat and has even denied that he was defeated, the injury was caused by the leg kicks of Vera.
Almeida will no doubt be targeting those legs as the one-time former prospect looks to get his career back on track. The Brazilian looked to be a future UFC champion before embarking on his current run of three straight defeats and one win in his last four.
I like O’Malley to rebound and get the victory. The American has learned his lesson from the last loss, and should outwork the Brazilian.
Tyron Woodley (19-6-1) vs. Vicente Luque (19-7-1)
An exciting welterweight battle between former champion Tyron Woodley and Vicente Luque will serve as the co-main event. Woodley has been in a downward spiral as he has essentially lost his last 14 rounds of competition following defeats to Kamaru Usman, Gilbert Burns and Colby Covington.
Luque, meanwhile, is on a two-fight winning streak following knockout victories over Niko Price and Randy Brown. Additionally, he has won eight of his last nine outings overall in the UFC. It comes as no surprise then that Luque goes into the fight as a big favorite and given his striking and overall durability, he will undoubtedly be going for the kill and could get a finish over the former champ.
Woodley has repeatedly said that that he will turn around his career, and I like a play on the big underdog to land that big right hand and stop Luque.
Stipe Miocic (20-3) vs. Francis Ngannou (15-3)
The biggest rematch takes place in the headliner as Stipe Miocic defends his heavyweight title against Francis Ngannou. Their first meeting, saw Miocic completely dominate a tiring Ngannou in January 2018 through his wrestling. The American firefighter would since get knocked out by Daniel Cormier before bouncing back and winning his next two fights to emerge victorious in their epic trilogy.
Ngannou, meanwhile, was mentally affected by his first UFC loss against Miocic as he struggled to let his hands go against Derrick Lewis soon after which resulted in a unanimous decision defeat.
However, he has since bounced back with vengeance with four straight first-round knockout wins over the likes of Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos and Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
Because of the nature of his wins, “The Predator” hasn’t shown anything new in his game as far as his wrestling and gas tank goes. However, he will no doubt have worked on it since his defeat to Miocic while the fact that the latter has gone through wars with Cormier and is now 38, Ngannou is a slight favorite going into the rematch.
The massive Cameroonian-French fighter connected some big shots on Miocic in the first round of their last bout, but the American took the shots and kept going. With 25 more minutes to land a kill shot, I’d go with the slight favorite Ngannou to get the stoppage.