A pair of heavy hitters in MMA’s biggest division will square off once again Saturday night when Stipe Miocic defends his heavyweight title against the sport’s premier knockout artist, Francis Ngannou, at UFC 260 inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The last time Miocic and Ngannou met, Miocic retained his title with a unanimous decision victory at UFC 220. After falling short against Derrick Lewis in his next fight, Ngannou went on a tear of four straight first-round knockout victories over Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos and Jairzinho Rozenstruik to earn another shot at the title.
Since defeating Ngannou, Miocic has only faced Daniel Cormier. Miocic dropped the title to Cormier at UFC 226 but regained it with a fourth-round knockout at UFC 241 in August 2019. The two had a rubber match last August and Miocic came out on top in that as well, a unanimous decision that sent Cormier into retirement.
With an incensed Ngannou coming for his crown, will Miocic be able to keep his head and turn back the challenge, or will there be a new king of the heavyweight division after Saturday?
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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou 2 live updates, highlights from UFC 260
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10:22 p.m.: Well, that’s how you get things started! Jamie Mullarkey obliterated Khama Worthy in just 46 seconds and one perfectly placed left hook. It was beautiful. It was brutal. It’s just what we needed after a sleepy prelim.
10:00 p.m: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of UFC 260. The main card is about to begin. What did you miss on the prelims? Not much. Aside from Alonzo Menifield scoring the fourth Von Flue choke in UFC history in his victory against Fabio Cherant, there wasn’t much to see. Hopefully, things change with the main card.
Miocic vs. Ngannou 2 start time
- Early prelims: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Prelims: 8p.m.ET
- PPV main card: 10p.m. ET
Broadcast coverage of UFC 260 will begin with the UFC Fight Pass prelims at 7:30 p.m. ET followed by the prelims at 8 p.m. ET. The pay-per-view event is set to begin at 10 p.m. ET. Miocic and Ngannou are expected to hit the Octagon about 12:15 a.m. ET, although the exact time depends on the length of earlier fights.
How to watch Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou 2 on PPV
The entire UFC 260 card, including the PPV main card, is available in the U.S. on the ESPN+ subscription streaming service.
Earlier fights, however, are also viewable live on ESPN and the Watch ESPN app and, for the early prelims, on UFC Fight Pass.
In Canada, the main card pay-per-view is available on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass. Prelims are on TSN and RDS.
UFC 260 fight card
Main card (ESPN+ PPV)
- Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Francis Ngannou, for Miocic’s UFC heavyweight championship
- Tyron Woodley vs. Vicente Luque; welterweights
- Sean O’Malley vs. Thomas Almeida; bantamweights
- Gillian Robertson vs. Miranda Maverick; women’s flyweights
- Jamie Mullarkey def. Khama Worth via 1st round KO (:46)
Preliminary card (ESPN/ESPN+)
- Alonzo Menifield def. Fabio Cherant via 1st round submission (1:11)
- Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. Jared Gooden via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27)
- Michał Oleksiejczuk def. Modestas Bukauskas via split decision (29-28, 29-28 & 28-29)
- Omar Morales def. Shane Young via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27)
Early Prelims (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass)
- Marc-André Barriault def. Abu Azaitar via 3rd round TKO (4:56)