UFC 260 is set to be a cracker, with the night headlined by Stipe Miocic facing off with Francis Ngannou in a rematch for the heavyweight title.
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Miocic, who’s the current champion and is regarded as one of the best heavyweight fighters of all time, actually heads into the bout as the underdog, with him priced at 2.32 whereas Ngannou comes in at 1.59.
Considering Ngannou suffered his first career loss at the hands of Miocic back in 2018, the Cameroonian will be eager to avenge this loss by beating the American. In what was a brutal five round fight that Miocic controlled due to his superior experience and wrestling game, the judges all saw him as the clear winner. With all scorecards reading 50-44, Miocic completely outclassed the emerging star, on a night where he became the first UFC heavyweight to successfully defend his belt three times in a row.
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Talking to Joe Rogan, Ngannou spoke insightfully on what a great learning experience that fight was for him. “I had two different feelings from that fight,” he said.
“First, obviously I was very upset and disappointed that I didn’t win the fight. As everyone who is fighting for the title, you want to go out there victorious. But to be honest, I always look at that fight since the fight day, just after the fight, I look at it and now I’m like, ‘This is good.’ I learned too much in that fight because even though I was on the level, fighting for the world title, I still have some missing parts in my game and in my experience.”
Coming out all guns blazing in that fight, Ngannou also mentioned how he regretted doing so, for there was no need considering it was a five round bout where he should have conserved his energy.
In what looms as a clash of the titans, it’ll be intriguing to see if Ngannou can survive Miocic’s excellent wrestling and boxing game in his quest to land that lethal left hand of his, which has seen him stop many adversaries already.
All will be found out on Sunday March 28, where these two giants of the heavyweight game will clash in Las Vegas to decide who’ll be crowned champion.