UFC 260 Predictions and Betting Tips

23 March 2021
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UFC 260: Miocic vs. Ngannou

Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou II

UFC Heavyweight Championship Bout

Sunday, March 28th, 2021 - 4:05 AM GMT - Live from the Apex Centre in Las Vegas

Stipe Miocic

  • Age: 38
  • Nationality: United States
  • Record: 20-3-0
  • Height: 6ft 4"
  • Reach: 80"
  • Gym: Strong Style Fight Team
  • Notable Gym Members: Matt Brown & Cody Garbrandt
  • Current Streak: 2 wins
  • Wins by KO/TKO: 14
  • Wins by Submission: 1
  • Decision wins: 5

Stipe Miocic is already holding G.O.A.T (greatest of all time) status amongst MMA fans & critics alike, but a second victory over the heavyweights' most feared competitor, Francis Ngannou, will solidify his place amongst the elite even further.

A part-time firefighter, father, and professional fighter, Stipe does not lead your typical life of a professional UFC champion, but he has remained dominant in the division for the past decade.

Francis Ngannou

  • Age: 34
  • Nationality: Cameroon
  • Record: 15-3-0
  • Height: 6ft 4"
  • Reach: 83"
  • Gym: MMA Factory
  • Notable Gym Members: Ciryl Gane, Nassourdine Imavov & Alan Baudot
  • Current Streak: 4 wins
  • Wins by KO/TKO: 10
  • Wins by Submission: 5
  • Decision wins: 0

From humble beginnings, it is a true delight to witness Francis Ngannou shaking up the MMA world as we know it. He does not possess the most desirable technical abilities, but with pure dedication and a will to win, the Cameroonian native has become the scariest opponent in UFC heavyweight history.

Owning knockout power like no other, Ngannou has decimated some of the most recognizable names in heavyweight history – all within the first round. In fact, his current four-fight win streak does not even accumulate to the length of one full round!

Fight Prediction

Those of you familiar with the UFC will already know the name Ngannou, and you will more than likely have witnessed the first encounter between these two men. It was power versus technique, and the challenger, Ngannou, was outclassed by the experience and toughness of the reigning champion Miocic.

Can we expect the same outcome? Well, the bookmakers do not seem to think so. Offering the champion at an underdog price, some would see this price and visualize absolute value. But once you play Ngannou’s highlight reel, that choice may not seem as desirable.

Instead of flipping a coin on whether Ngannou will connect with Miocic’s chin, we can play both sides of the board for some great value in the proposition betting market.

UFC 260 Free Betting Pick: Miocic win by decision at 5.50 (+450) with Paddy Power (visit our Paddy Power Review)

UFC 260 Free Betting Pick 2: Ngannou to win by KO/TKO at 2.00 (+100) with Bet365 (visit our Bet365 Review)

Sean O’Malley vs. Thomas Almeida

UFC Bantamweight Championship Bout

Sunday, March 28th, 2021 - 3:05 AM GMT - Live from the Apex Centre in Las Vegas

Thomas Almeida

  • Age: 29
  • Nationality: Brazil
  • Record: 22-4-0
  • Height: 5ft 7"
  • Reach: 72.5"
  • Gym: Chute Box Diego Lima
  • Notable Gym Members: Charles Oliveira, Allan Nascimento & head coach Diego Lima
  • Current Streak: 3 losses
  • Wins by KO/TKO: 17
  • Wins by Submission: 4
  • Decision wins: 1

Brazilian Muay Thai striking specialist, Thomas Almeida, will be looking to become the second piece of the puzzle in derailing the hype train that is Sean O’Malley. After suffering his first professional loss, O’Malley is looking for the comeback versus Almeida, but the former Legacy FC bantamweight champion has other ideas.

“Sugar” Sean O’Malley

  • Age: 26
  • Nationality: USA
  • Record: 19-3-0 (11-3-0 UFC)
  • Height: 5ft 11"
  • Reach: 72"
  • Gym: MMA Lab
  • Notable Gym Members: Best friend & coach Tim Welch, Benson Henderson, Alex Caceres & Rick Story
  • Current Streak: 1 loss
  • Wins by KO/TKO: 7
  • Wins by Submission: 2
  • Decision wins: 3

Sean O’Malley held a one-way ticket to superstardom until Marlon Vera connected a beautifully timed low kick to O’Malley’s peroneal nerve, which ended with his first professional MMA loss.

With that said, O’Malley’s technical and all-around MMA abilities are something to behold. A sizeable character for the bantamweight division, O’Malley has struck his way through the UFC bantamweight roster since his debut on ‘Dana Whites Contender Series’, and we expect this trend to continue this weekend.

Fight Prediction

Both men are excellent strikers, but we should note O’Malley’s grappling skills are being trained to the highest level. He competed against world-renowned grappling expert and former UFC title challenger Gilbert Melendez to draw at Quintet Ultra, which is proof the youngster is more than just a fancy hair-doo and confident mouth.

Almeida is no slouch, but I anticipate the speed, accuracy, and power of O’Malley to reign supreme this Saturday night and another walk-off knockout would not shock me in the slightest.

UFC 260 Free Betting Pick: Sean O’Malley by KO/TKO @ 2.30 [+130] with Betfair (visit our Betfair Review)