Miocic and Ngannou meet for the second time in UFC 260 after over three years, with Miocic defending his UFC title from the Cameroonian-French fighter again. Since their first meeting, it’s been a series of ups and downs for both fighters. The two lost fights after their first encounter. Miocic lost his title to Daniel Cormier, while Ngannou lost to Derrick Lewis via decision.
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UFC 260 Event Info
- >When: March 27, 2021, 10:00 PM ET (Main Card)
- >Where: UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada
- >TV: ESPN+
- >Live Stream: UFC Fight Pass
UFC 260 Main Card Odds
|Stipe Miocic||+108||Francis Ngannou||-137|
|Tyron Woodley||+204||Vicente Luque||-270|
|Sean O’Malley||-333||Thomas Almeida||+248|
|Gillian Robertson||+131||Miranda Maverick||-167|
Miocic vs. Ngannou Preview
- MMA Record: 20-3-0
Miocic has plenty under his belt, including 6 title fight wins in his professional careers. He may well be the most revered heavyweight in the history of UFC, showcasing a plethora of fighting styles that can adjust according to his current opponent. The fighter can land hard punches with impressive accuracy and finesse. This is partnered with powerful forward movements and a strong back foot.
Many say that Miocic’s movements don’t match his size. He can outpace most heavyweights, maintaining his hustle should he plan to perform takedowns and execute violent ground-and-pound if an opening is available.
After losing the title to Cormier in mid-2018, Miocic recovered and secured two back-to-back wins against Cormier. Now, the American mixed martial artist is one of the most revered in UFC history as he steps into the ring to face a new challenger for one of the most anticipated MMA events of the year.
- MMA Record: 15-3-0
After a loss in January 2018, Francis Ngannou bounced back to earn another title shot following a four-fight winning streak, knocking out all four of his opponents in that stretch. He is one of the most explosive punchers in the league, who can end a fight in an instant with his striking. This is evident in his average of 1.34 knockdowns per 15 minutes and fight time of only 5 minutes and 37 seconds.
Ngannou has shown improvements leading to this fight, but we have yet to see whether his grappling and wrestling have gotten better enough to threaten Miocic.t. We can expect the fighter to rely on his destructive blows while combining them with speed and weight. Ultimately, having the heavyweight title on the line makes this Miocic vs. Ngannou 2 fight even more exciting for the challenger.
Miocic vs. Ngannou MMA Betting Trends
- Miocic is coming off back-to-back wins leading to UFC 260.
- Miocic averages 4.90 significant strikes per minute
- Miocic averages 1.92 takedowns per 15 minutes.
- Ngannou has a 3-inch reach advantage.
- Ngannou won 8 of his last 10 fights in the first round.
- Ngannou is on a 4-KO winning streak in his last 4 bouts.
UFC 260 Expert Betting Predictions
We can expect a more mature Francis Ngannou to step into the ring as the Miocic vs. Ngannou series continues. With more wrestling experience under his belt, he can limitMiocic’s dominance, at the very least, while dictating a pace that would favor him more. He’s been busy preparing for this match, which can potentially introduce a new heavyweight champion.
Meanwhile, Miocic can get the upper hand if he continues to make the right adjustments throughout the fight. He has to be wary of the hard punches coming his way and possibly complete a takedown and bring the fight to the ground as he stands a better chance there. We might witness a repeat of the tactics he employed during the first Miocic vs. Ngannou fight, and it’s going to be interesting to see how Ngannou adapts.
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