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UFC 260: Miocic vs. Ngannou 2 predictions

Can 'The Predator' turn the tables?

Francis Ngannou gets his shot at redemption tonight as he rematches champion Stipe Miocic in the main event of  UFC 260 in Las Vegas.

Only one fighter missed weight, light heavyweight Fabio Cherant, came in heavy at 206.5 pounds against Alonzo Menifield, and will be fined 20 per cent by the commission.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC 260 FIGHT PASS PRELIMS (7:30PM ET/4:30PM PT)

MARC-ANDRE BARRIAULT (11-4-0) VS. ABU AZAITAR (14-2-1)

UFC 260

Andrews: Barriault will have the size advantage but had his last fight overturned for testing positive. He lost three straight before that, so Barriault should be going for the finish. But Azaitar is a steady fighter, so I think he avoids the big shot and counters for the finish.

Andrews Prediction: Abu Azaitar via TKO

UFC 260 PRELIMS (8PM ET/5PM PT)

SHANE YOUNG (13-5-0) VS. OMAR MORALES (10-1-0)

UFC 260

Andrews: Morales has a better looking record, but I don’t think he can drag Young to the ground. That gives the advantage to Young.

Andrews Prediction: Shane Young via UD

MODESTAS BUKAUSKAS (11-3-0) VS. MICHAL OLEKSIEJCZUK (14-4-0, 1NC)

UFC 260

Andrews: Both of these guys lost to Jimmy Crute. Bukauskas as the size advantage, but they can both finish. When the dust settles, Bukauskas emerges.

Andrews Prediction: Modestas Bukauskas via TKO

JARED GOODEN (17-5-0) VS. ABUBAKAR NURMAGOMEDOV (15-3-1)

UFC 260

 

Andrews: Both of these guys are struggling to make their mark, but I think Nurmagomedov looks like the more technical fighter. Just needs to avoid the power of Gooden.

Andrews Prediction: Abubakar Nurmagomedov via UD 

ALONZO MENIFIELD (9-2-0) VS. FABIO CHERANT (7-1-0)

UFC 260

 

Andrews: Cherant is fighting on short notice and missed weight, coming in half a pound over the limit. He has a knack for getting the submission,  but the advantage obviously goes to Menifield if he can keep it standing.

Andrews Prediction: Alonzo Menifield via TKO

MAIN CARD (10PM ET/7PM PT)

JAMIE MULLARKY (12-4-0) VS. KHAMA WORTHY (16-7-0)

Andrews: Worthy was surprised in his last fight and will want to atone for that here against a game Mullarky.

Andrews Prediction: Khama Worthy via UD 

#15 GILLIAN ROBERTSON (9-5-0) VS. MIRANDA MAVERICK (8-2-0)

Andrews: Robertson was unable to get the fight to the ground in her last fight and Maverick has some good striking too and some ground game. Advantage: Maverick.

Andrews Prediction: Miranda Maverick via UD

SEAN O’MALLEY (12-1-0) VS. THOMAS ALMEIDA (22-4-0)

Andrews: Almeida needs a win badly and he has to go up against a hot prospect who wants to atone for his first loss. Yikes.

Andrews Prediction: Sean O’Malley via TKO

#7 TYRON WOODLEY (19-6-1) VS. #10 VICENTE LUQUE (19-7-1)

 

Andrews: Woodley has not fared well against top competition, but he may have a shot against the up-and-coming Luque. I think he looks better here, but Luque finds his shot if he can keep it standing.

Andrews Prediction: Vicente Luque via TKO

MAIN EVENT

STIPE MIOCIC (20-3-0) VS. #1 FRANCIS NGANNOU (15-3-0)

Andrews: Ngannou should perform better, and I agree with Cormier in that he needs to get to Stipe quickly. Or else the gas tank starts draining and Stipe uses his versatility and footwork and cardio to win.

Andrews Prediction: Stipe Miocic via UD 

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KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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