UFC 260 happens on Saturday March 27th with the main card fireworks going off at 10pm EST. Headlined by firefighter and greatest heavyweight champion of all time Stipe Miocic (23-3) putting the belt on the line in the long awaited rematch against who is perhaps the most dangerous fighter in mixed martial arts today with devastating knockout punching power Francis “The Predator” Ngannou (15-3). This heavyweight clash of the titans is the type of combat that fight fans have been waiting for. Every fan of the sport can anticipate being on the edge of their seat while two of the most highly trained fighters in the world meet inside the octagon. When the referee starts this fight you won’t want to miss a single second of the action. Now let’s take a closer look at what’s in store come Saturday March 27th at UFC 260.
The heavyweight champion of the world Stipe Miocic is considered by most to be the greatest heavyweight of all time. He first won the belt in 2016 by knocking out then champion Fabricio Werdum. Miocic would then go on to defend the belt three more times against the top heavyweight contenders in the world including the up and coming powerhouse Francis Ngannou. When they first met inside the octagon, there was a mist surrounding the unknown and it seemed that nobody, including veterans of the sport and commentators alike knew what was going to happen when the cage door would close. Questions would arise before this first fight. Would Miocic be able to withstand the punching power of Ngannou? The answer was yes. Would Ngannou have an answer to the wrestling of Miocic? The answer was no. As the fight went on it was clear that the champion’s wrestling ability was too much for the challenger and became the single most significant deciding factor in the fight. The question now, will Ngannou be able to knock Miocic out early in the fight and if not has his wrestling ability improved since they last met in 2018? The answer is unknown.
After his fight with Ngannou, Miocic fought Daniel “DC” Cormier who was at the time undefeated at heavyweight and who many believe to be a future member of the UFC hall of fame. “DC” knocked Miocic out in the first round and became the new heavyweight champion of the world. After the fight Miocic still felt that he was the better fighter and would win the rematch against “DC”. When the rematch finally took place, the fight was a back and forth war but ultimately Miocic showed his impressive durability and fight IQ and in the fourth round was able to finish DC by TKO—regaining the heavyweight belt. The two met a third time in the cage. This time Miocic won by unanimous decision thus retaining his belt and closing the chapter on the series. While this was taking place, Ngannou was busy amassing a four fight win streak, each victory occurring in devastating fashion either by TKO or KO all against top heavyweight contenders. He has earned his way back to a title shot and hopes to dethrone the heavyweight king and become the baddest man on the planet.
UFC President Dana White when speaking about Ngannou’s punching power has been quoted as saying that “Francis Ngannou has the world record for the most powerful punch. His punch is the equivalent to 96 horse power which is equal to getting hit by a Ford Escort going as fast as it can. And it’s more powerful than a 12 pound sledgehammer swung full force from over head. Holy shit.” It can almost be guaranteed that Ngannou’s legendary punching power will be on full display at UFC 260 and according to Ngannou, he has been training with friend, wrestler and UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman who will be in his corner come March 27th. Both Miocic and Ngannou are arguably far better fighters than they were in 2018 and this fight proves to be a must see for any fight fan. Nobody ever knows what will happen when two of the most dangerous men on the planet meet inside a cage for 25 minutes but this fight is sure to be explosive.