- UFC 260 will be held at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas
- Stipe Miocic will defend the heavyweight title against Francis Ngannou
- Miocic defeated Ngannou at UFC 220 in January 2018
- Tyron Woodley takes on Vicente Luque at welterweight
- Sean O'Malley and Thomas Almeida square off at bantamweight
Stipe Miocic has gone through a brutal trilogy with Daniel Cormier to regain, and then remain, the UFC heavyweight champion. Prior to that, he handled Francis Ngannou, who looked very overwhelmed by the bright lights of a title fight. Ngannou has stormed back with a vengeance, and will get a chance to redeem himself in a rematch against Miocic at UFC 260 in Las Vegas, Nevada. How do the UFC 260 odds look?
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Stipe Miocic (-105) vs. Francis Ngannou (-125) – Heavyweight Championship Bout
Miocic (20-3) has been off since defeating Cormier by unanimous decision in August 2020 to defend the title. Ngannou (15-3) lost to Miocic in January 2018, and then again to Derrick Lewis in July 2018 in a fight where both seemed afraid of the other’s knockout power, which made for a terrible fight. But since then, Ngannou has racked up first-round knockout wins over Curtis Bladyes, former heavyweight champions Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos and most recently, Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Those four fights lasted a total of two minutes and 44 seconds; the Rozenstruik win took 20 seconds. Ngannou’s power is fearsome.
He had that same power when he first fought Miocic at UFC 220. Ngannou even managed to catch Miocic with a couple bombs, and that power is why he is the MMA betting favorite for this match. However, Miocic is a smart fighter who has been the underdog in title fights before. He is a much better wrestler than Ngannou, and used that to his advantage when Ngannou started showing his power, taking the Cameroonian to the mat six times.
The ring at the UFC Apex facility is smaller, which in theory, should favor Ngannou. But Miocic is smart enough to be agile and not stand directly in front of Ngannou. He also has the wrestling chops to do what he did in the first fight. This fight basically comes down whether Ngannou has improved at defending takedowns. He has been working with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, who is a very strong wrestler. But the larger Miocic is a different animal and will be an excellent underdog UFC 260 odds value pick.
Tyron Woodley (+210) vs. Vicente Luque (-270) – Welterweight
Woodley (19-6-1), the former UFC champion ay 170 pounds, lost to Colby Covington in September 2020. The final verdict was TKO (rib injury), but Woodley was being dominated, which has happened for his last three fights against Covington, Gilbert Burns and Kamaru Usman, who defeated Woodley for the belt in March 2019. Luque (19-7-1) scored a KO win over Randy Brown in August 2020, and he has won eight of nine since losing to Leon Edwards in March 2017. This is a huge match for both. Woodley could fall out of the top 10, or out of the UFC altogether (some has suggested his UFC career could be on the line after watching the promotion cut Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem). Luque could be in line for an even bigger name with a win here.
Woodley has been shy to let his hands go recently, and he barely wrestles anymore. It would be a major sports betting upset if he defeated Luque, who has improved since losing to Stephen Thompson in November 2019.
Sean O’Malley (-310) vs. Thomas Almeida (+240) – Bantamweight
O’Malley (12-1) suffered his first professional loss as Marlon Vera ended their fight in the first round via TKO. Almeida (22-4) won his first 21 fights, but has since lost four of his last five following a unanimous-decision loss to Jonathan Martinez in October 2020. Both of these bantamweights had a lot of hype behind them, but they’re learning that with hype, comes a lot of responsibility.
Both men are great strikers. O’Malley gets more attention because of his flash, but Almeida is a strong striker as well. Both can also go to the mat if they need to, but this fight will largely be spent standing up. The UFC 260 odds are really tilted towards O’Malley, but both men are capable of ending this with one shot.