Stipe Miocic will again defend his heavyweight championship against Francis Ngannou this weekend, as the pair headline UFC 260 at the promotion’s Apex institute in Las Vegas.
In January 2018, Ngannou entered his title fight with Miocic on the back of four straight first-round knockouts, but the champion dominated the French-Cameroonian over five rounds, outwrestling his challenger to earn a unanimous decision victory – 50-44 on all three judges’ scorecards.
Three years on, Ngannou (15-3) again challenges Miocic (20-3) with four consecutive first-round KOs leading into the bout, begging the question: What has changed?
Will the power puncher again fail to land the finishing blow on American Miocic? Has Ngannou improved his cardio and wrestling enough since the pair’s last meeting to avoid the same outcome?
We’ll find out at UFC 260 this Saturday. Here’s everything you need to know about the event.
When is it?
UFC 260 takes place this Saturday night at the UFC’s Apex institute in Las Vegas.
What time does it start?
The early prelims will begin at 11.30pm UK time on Saturday evening. The prelims will follow at 1am UK time on Sunday morning, before the main card begins at 3am.
How can I watch it?
In the UK, fans can watch the prelims and main card on BT Sport, while US viewers can stream both on ESPN+. The early prelims will air on UFC Fight Pass.
What are the odds?
This is one of the most difficult fight predictions in recent memory. The closest The Independent is getting to a prediction is this fight breakdown.
Stipe Miocic (C) vs Francis Ngannou – heavyweight
Tyron Woodley vs Vicente Luque – welterweight
Sean O’Malley vs Thomas Almeida – bantamweight
Gillian Robertson vs Miranda Maverick – women’s flyweight
Jamie Mullarkey vs Khama Worthy – lightweight
Alonzo Menifield vs Fabio Cherant – light heavyweight
Jared Gooden vs Abubakar Nurmagomedov – welterweight
Modestas Bukauskas vs Michal Oleksiejczuk – light heavyweight
Shane Young vs Omar Morales – featherweight
Marc-Andre Barriault vs Abu Azaitar – middleweight