UFC 260 Preview, Prediction, Odds & Tips

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Jamie Mullarkey vs Khama Worthy (lightweight)

Australian Jamie Mullarkey will be looking to do better than countryman Megan Anderson did on the big stage at UFC 259 this weekend. However, Mullarkey has lost both of his fights since joining the UFC, with both bouts going the distance, but prior to this, just one of his 13 fights had gone past the second round.

Mullarkey's last four wins have come by KO and we expect the fight to be a stand-up contest that will suit him well, but with a lot of doubters to prove wrong, this could be the 26-year-old's last chance to show that he is good enough to remain in the UFC.

With the Australian the underdog, Khama Worthy is the bookies favourite, and he also has limited experience with just three fights in the UFC, two of which he has won, with his only loss coming to Ottman Azaitar.

"The Deathstar” picked up Performance of the Night on his UFC debut and now has the high-profile fight that many fighters dream of. With nine of his 14 wins coming via TKO/KO, Worthy will want to stay on his feet throughout this fight, although he has shown he is capable on the ground, with his last win coming by submission via guillotine choke.

The bookies have this one as the closest fight on the main card and it is easy to see why, with two unproven UFC fighters going head-to-head, both of which have an array of victory methods. With Mullarkey desperate for a win, we think it’ll be fireworks as both fighters looking to impress Dana White and will, therefore, go for an early stoppage.

However, we predict Khama Worthy to win by KO.

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william_hill betting tip

DILLIAN WHYTE TO WIN IN ROUNDS 1-6 & STIPE MIOCIC TO WIN BY DECISION @ 18/1

UFC 260 Prediction

paddy_power betting tip

KHAMA WORTHY TO WIN VIA TKO/KO (WAS 15/8) @ 9/4

Sean O’Malley vs Thomas Almeida (bantamweight)

Sean O’Malley is another fighter looking to bounce back from a loss this weekend, after suffering a surprising defeat to Marlon Vera back at UFC 252 in August last year. However, it must be noted how the American lost this bout due to drop foot, with his lower leg giving way in the fight, to which Vera capitalised on.

Prior to this, O’Malley was the talk of the bantamweight division, picking up bonuses in three consecutive fights and winning two fights by knockouts in the first round. “Sugar” now faces an opponent who is out of form, with both fighters needing a win to prove that they belong at the top end of the bantamweight rankings ahead of T.J. Dillashaw's return.

Thomas Almeida, a fellow knockout artist who has 17 wins by way of knockout, is one of the division's most out-of-form fighters. In fact, it has now been four and a half years since Almeida last registered a win, following three losses on the bounce, which is why he goes into the bout as the underdog. But the only two fighters who have managed to knock him out are Cody Garbrandt and Rob Font, meaning a stoppage will surely be a statement for O’Malley, especially how those two names sit fourth and third in the rankings, respectively.

We are opting for an O’Malley win by knockout, as “Sugar” gets back on track as he attempts to climb the rankings and break into the top 15.

paddy_power betting tip

SEAN O’MALLEY TO WIN TKO/KO @ 7/5

Tyron Woodley vs Vicente Luque (welterweight)

After three consecutive losses, Tyron Woodley is looking to prove to UFC fans that he still has what it takes to compete at the top of the welterweight division. Woodley seems intent on going out on top and his recent losses have come in the form of top two contenders Colby Covington and Gilbert Burns, as well as champion Kamaru Usman, who seems almost invincible at the moment.

Even so, “The Chosen One” goes into the bout as the underdog despite his experience in the UFC, which is fair in some regards as he has looked truly a stranger to his old self. Woodley will most likely try to take his opponent to the ground and out-wrestle him for the duration of the fight as he chases his first win since 2018.

His opponent, Vicente Luque, is 12-2 in the UFC with his only two losses coming to high calibre opposition in Leon Edwards and Stephen Thompson. Perhaps in contrast to Woodley, the Brazilian will prefer a stand-up contest, with six of his last seven wins coming by way of knockout. A win for Luque would certainly be the biggest of his career thus far and would propel him up the rankings and possibly put him up in contention for a title fight.

As much as the bookies think otherwise, we are predicting an important win for Tyron Woodley, most likely via decision. After being installed as the co-main event of the night, the added pressure will play directly into the hands of the former champion and will show his experience as he looks to dominate the ground and stand-up game.

paddy_power betting tip

TYRON WOODLEY TO WIN ON POINTS @ 9/2

Stipe Miocic v Francis Ngannou

Stipe Miocic will take on Francis Ngannou for the second time in the space of three years as the Cameroonian looks to make amends for his torrid display against the heavyweight champion last time out.

Ngannou was dominated back in January 2018 during the first bout. The champion put on a clinic of evasiveness in boxing ability and wrestling, with perfect timing, execution and technique in keeping the heavier man on the ground and using all his force to tire him out.

"The Predator" tried to finish the fight early, as he always does, but Miocic knew exactly what was coming his way. In fact, bar a brief onslaught attempt in the first round, Ngannou clearly fatigued rapidly, which played right into the hands of the defending champion.

Things have changed since the last time they fought, however. Indeed, Miocic has spent over three years focusing on Daniel Cormier, having fought the former champion three times in the past three years, losing the first one, but the Cleveland man won via TKO in the rematch and a dominant decision victory in their trilogy bout. This won't play into the 38-year-old's favour at all, as he was preparing for an elite wrestler in Cormier and for a fight that was going to stay on the feet for as long as he could manage to do so.

With Ngannou, however, Miocic has to train for one outcome: avoid the early knockout. It has been said that Ngannou has roughly 10 minutes (two rounds) to KO the champion, given how after that point, the American will take control, just like he did in the first fight.

On the other hand to Miocic focusing entirely on Cormier for three years, Ngannou has been obliterating the heavyweight division once again with four first round KOs all of which were in stunning fashion. In fact, whilst Miocic has fought Cormier for just short of a staggering 50 minutes, Ngannou has had four fights totalling less than three minutes.

So, it goes without saying that Ngannou has to get the stoppage on the champion, just like he planned last time. However, with the advancements he's made in focusing every aspect of his life into MMA, we believe he does so this time.

By Tom Eaton

Miocic v Ngannou Prediction

paddy_power betting tip

FRANCIS NGANNOU TO WIN VIA TKO/KO @ 5/4

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