UFC 260: Miocic vs. Ngannou 2 Full Card Betting Guide
March 26, 2021
While this might not be the best pay-per-view card in recent memory, UFC 260: Miocic vs. Ngannou features the greatest heavyweight of all time, Stipe Miocic, and the inspiring story of Francis Ngannou in the main event for the heavyweight belt. There are also lots of betting values on this card with some under-the-radar fights.
In the co-main event, Vicente Luque and Tyron Woodley meet in a welterweight scrap and bantamweights Thomas Almeida and Sean O’Malley meet on the main card as well. Prelim fights start at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The pay-per-view begins at 10 p.m. ET.
Check out Matt and Craig’s Fight Companion, where they talk you through the five main-card fights, as well as Question Mark Kicks, which goes live on YouTube two hours before every fight card. For a full breakdown of every fight, including predictions, go to the UFC 260 Preview.
Abu Azaitar (+102) — Both Azaitar and Marc-Andre Barriault are coming off USADA suspensions, and while there is some concern how the 35-year-old Azaitar will look out of a nearly three-year layoff, his talent alone makes him a value bet. He’s a smart striker and should get better as the fight goes on, especially once the rust falls off.
Khama Worthy (-131) — “The Death Star” will be the more powerful and more explosive man in the cage when he squares off with Jamie Mullarkey on Saturday. If he can keep the fight standing, he should coast to a victory.
Pop and Popcorn Fights
Shane Young (+162) vs. Omar Morales (-193) — This could very well turn into a fight of the night type of scrap if both fighters are comfortable letting their hands go. Both are competent strikers with some question marks — Morales’ recent drop to 145 pounds the biggest of them.
Jared Gooden (+193) vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov (-240) — It’s hard not to throw some money down on a Nurmagomedov with the success fighters with that last name have had recently, but the odds are too steep on this clash of styles scrap where both fighters will probably have moments in the fight.
Underdogs to Consider
Modestas Bukauskas (+139) — Bukauskas’ technique vs. Michal OIeksiejczuk’ power. That’s what this fight probably comes down to, and if the “Baltic Gladiator” can stay on his bike and weaponize that movement, he’s going to have some success.
Fabio Cherant (+232) — There’s a strong path to victory for Cherant, a rangy striker with a slick submission game. The UFC debutant meets Alonzo Menifield, who has lost his last two. The odds should be much closer than they are and it’s worth rolling the dice on Cherant.
Thomas Almeida (+253) — These odds are a little absurd for a fighter as talented as Thomas Almeida. He’s a strong counter striker and technically sound. The results haven’t been favorable to him lately (loser of three straight), but if he can avoid the big shot from Sean O’Malley, he could work toward a decision victory. O’Malley’s refusal to admit he lost his last fight worries me from a mental standpoint about how much improvement he’s made since the last time he stepped in the Octagon against Marlon “Chito” Vera.
Miranda Maverick inside the distance (+326) — The heavy-handed prospect is clinical with her striking, has a high output and is facing a less than stellar striker in Gillian Robertson. Maverick is going to catch Robertson at a couple points in this fight and if she can follow it up, she can either earn the finish on the ground or by the referee stepping in.
Francis Ngannou by knockout (-106) — If you like Ngannou, it’s best to bet on him to win by knockout and remove some of that juice. There’s no way he’s winning a decision against the heavyweight GOAT.