UFC 260 Miocic vs Ngannou was one of the host to one of the most highly anticipated rematches in MMA history, when Francis ‘The Predator’ Ngannou ran it back with reigning heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic, where he proved to the world he’s not just a heavy handed ford escort, but a calm and collected veteran of the sport, knocking out arguably the greatest heavyweight of all time in the second round claiming the title of ‘baddest man on the planet’.
The spectacular co-main event hosting former welterweight champion Tyrone Woodley and current welterweight prospect Vicente Luque won fight of the night honors with an action packed first round ending with Luque getting his hand raised after a somewhat rare but effective D’arce choke.
We then saw the highly anticipated of the “mentally undefeated” Sean O’Malley where he did battle with Thomas Almeida, a rather exciting fight ending with the redemption of O’Malley.
The aftermath series is based entirely off speculation as no one can predict what is going to happen next in the sport of MMA.
Francis ‘The Predator’ Ngannou surprised everyone with his calm and collected demeanour, only adding to his fearsome nature. Ngannou sustained very little damage during his fight with Stipe due to the fight ending not even a minute into the second round, potentially setting up his first title defence soon, which raises many questions but the main one being, who will it be? the most obvious answer would be UFC veteran and Light Heavyweight GOAT Jon Jones, Jones has long expressed interest in moving up to heavyweight and more recently has more recently been quite enthusiastic about taking on ‘The Predator’, but, only if the money is right, if the UFC and Jones can’t come to terms a bout with Derrick Lewis seems most likely but there are still a few fans who want to see a trilogy fight between him and Stipe.
Stipe Miocic has been arguably the greatest heavyweight on the face of the earth, putting on absolute clinics time and time again, but this loss to Francis Ngannou raises some concern. Many feel that Miocic has already reached his peek and has already begun to deteriorate, especially after such a violent knockout. Miocic has stated he will be taking time off to be with his family we presume he will be back but we are not 100%, Miocic has already achieved so much in his career, he has made a good amount of money, unless Miocic receives his trilogy fight against Ngannou, retirement could be a possibility.
Vincente ‘The Silent Assasin’ Luque made some noise last weekend when he choked out former welterweight champion Tyrone Woodley in the very first round, earning fight of the night honours. After the fight Luque expressed interest in fighting Nate Diaz, not long after it was announced that Diaz would be fighting Leon Edwards on the co-main event of UFC 262, although he cannot do battle with Diaz there is still a couple of very interesting fights. ‘The Silent Assassin’ could take on #7 ranked Michael ‘Maverick’ Chiesa, both men are riding admirable win streaks and could fight for a title eliminator if they win. Another but less likely opponent would be Colby Covington, Covington is currently ranked #1 and may be looking to fight for the title next so he may not be too interested in Luque.
At this point his career i think it’s safe to say that we are all falling in and out of love with Tyron Woodley. Woodley just added another fight to his losing streak brining the total up to 4, the 38 year old Woodley certainly looked somewhat better in this fight then he did in his last three , but that did not prevent him from being finished the fastest he ever has been in in his UFC career. Woodley needs a win desperately if he wants to remain part of this organisation, a good oppnent for Woodley could be fellow former champion Robbie Lawler, both men are riding four fight losing streaks and both are former champions looking to redeem themselves.
‘Suga’ Sean O’Malley is back and better then ever, securing a dominant win over Thomas Almeida, nearly finishing the fight on multiple occasions but finally putting away a tough Almeida nearly 4 minutes into the third round. O’Malley has been boasting an undefeated mentality which may have been a factor in his victory last weekend, but as for his next opponent, a rematch with Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera has been requested by ‘Suga’ but shot down by Vera, O’Malley has also expressed his desire to do battle with former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, a fight that Cruz isn’t uninterested in a potential banger for sure.
Thomas Almeida is in a big of a tight spot at this point in his career, currently riding a 4 fight losing streak, Almeida may very well be getting cut from the UFC shortly, considering he has not secured a victory since his knockout win over Albert Morales in 2016.