UFC 260 will host a double-header of title fights on March 27th as Stipe Miocic and Alexander Volkanovski defend their belts against Francis Ngannou and Brian Ortega respectively.
The heavyweight king Miocic will return to action for the first time since August, when he defeated Daniel Cormier in their trilogy fight at UFC 252 to retain the belt and assert himself as the greatest heavyweight of all time.
He will take on Ngannou, who he defeated in January 2018 with a comfortable decision, in a rematch for the title. Ngannou has won his last four fights in a row, all via first-round knockout in a combined time of just 2:42. He smashed through Curtis Blaydes before knocking out former champions Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos, before his last win against Jairzinho Rozenstruik in just 20 seconds at UFC 249.
There had been worries from Ngannou’s camp that the UFC would overlook him in favour of giving Jon Jones an immediate title fight upon his move to heavyweight, especially considering the way the first fight went against Miocic, but it’s now a done deal according to Dana White.
Also on the same card, Volkanovski will defend his title for the second time when he takes on ‘T-City’ Brian Ortega in the co-main event.
Volkanovski hasn’t fought since controversially defeating Max Holloway at UFC 251, while Ortega returned from almost two years away after his own title fight against Holloway to dismantle ‘Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung at UFC Fight Island 6 back in October.
He was previously known for his incredible submission game on the ground, but he stood toe-to-toe with one of the most powerful strikers in the featherweight division and picked him apart on the feet to show a new side to his game.
The two will match up extremely well all over, with the winner likely to face Holloway once again following his stunning performance in victory over Calvin Kattar at UFC Fight Island 7 in the main event.