Despite all of the card changes leading up to our favorite day of the week, UFC 260: Miocic vs. Ngannou 2 is going to be a brilliant event. Stipe Miocic will defend his Heavyweight Title once again against Francis Ngannou, Sean O’Malley is back to try to redeem himself after that Marlon Vera loss, and many more! Read along with me to see what bets I’m loving for this Saturday night.
Gillian Robertson vs. Miranda Maverick
UFC Women’s Flyweight Bout
Saturday, March 27, 2021 – 09:05 PM EDT at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas
Gillian “the Savage” Robertson is a Canadian mixed martial artist that is currently ranked #15 in the UFC Women’s Flyweight division. Not only has she fought in the UFC flyweight division, but she has also competed in the strawweight and catchweight divisions. While holding a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Robertson featured on the Ultimate Fighter 26. She then made her UFC debut on the Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale in 2017 against Emily Whitmire – she won via submission in the first round. During her professional career in the UFC, she achieved four accomplishments: tied with Roxanne Modafferi and Katlyn Chookagian for most fights in the UFC Women’s Flyweight division with nine, most submission wins, most stoppage wins, and most wins overall - all in the UFC Women’s Flyweight division.
Miranda “Fear the” Maverick is an American mixed martial artist who previously competed in the Flyweight division of the Invicta Fighting Championships, and is currently competing in the Flyweight division of the UFC while holding a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Maverick made her UFC debut in October 2020 at UFC 254 against Liana Jojua and won via TKO.
These two mixed martial artists are very similar when you look at them on paper. Of all of Gillian Robertson’s wins, she has 1 by T/KO, 6 by submission, and 2 by decision. Of her 5 losses, she has 1 by T/KO, 1 by submission, and 3 by decision. Miranda Maverick, on the other hand, has wins consisting of 1 T/KO, 5 submissions, and 2 decisions; Her 2 losses have all been by decision.
We can predict that this fight will be taken to the canvas due to the abundance of submissions on each record. So far in the UFC, Maverick has no takedowns; however, she does hold four first round submission finishes in Invicta FC. The last time Robertson won a submission in the first round was in 2017 against Emily Whitmire. Robertson has a takedown average of 2.64 per 15 minutes, and has a takedown accuracy of 46.67%. So, when it comes to grappling in the UFC, Robertson definitely has more experience with the level of competition.
However, when we take a look at their striking, Maverick is far superior. Maverick averages 9.80 strikes landed per minute at a 51.58% accuracy rate, while Robertson averages 2.05 significant strikes per minute at a 63.92% accuracy. The path to victory for Robertson is to keep this fight on the ground and to gain as much control as possible. This will not be an easy fight for Robertson; Maverick is very aggressive and does have the advantage in this matchup. The current UFC Odds for this fight are Gillian Robertson +137, and Miranda Maverick -157 -- I'm going to go with the favorite in this one.
Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou
UFC Heavyweight Bout – Main Event
Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 11:05 PM EDT at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas
Stipe Miocic is an American mixed martial artist and is the current two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion. He has successfully defended his title 4 times and holds a record for longest title defending streak in the UFC Heavyweight division. Miocic also holds the record for most wins in the Heavyweight title fights, and holds the record for the most fight-night bonuses in the division. In the UFC, Miocic is also ranked #3 in the Men’s Pound-for-Pound division. Before beginning his professional MMA career, Miocic was the Cleveland Golden Gloves boxing champion, and also a NCAA Division I wrestler at Cleveland State. He has won many, many accomplishments throughout his entire professional career: UFC Honors 2019 Comeback of the Year, most strikes landed in a fight, most consecutive UFC heavyweight championship defenses, and more. When you don’t see him inside the octagon or training, Miocic is working part-time as a firefighter paramedic in Oakwood and Valley View, Ohio.
Francis “the Predator” Ngannou is a Cameroonian-French professional mixed martial artist currently ranked #1 in the UFC Heavyweight division. Ngannou is known for his wild knockout power and is also known as the hardest recorded puncher in UFC history. He made his UFC debut in December 2015 at UFC on Fox 17 against Luis Henrique. Francis Ngannou also has received many accomplishments throughout his professional career: 2017 Knockout of the Year – vs Alistair Overeem – 2017 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year, Performance of the Night five times, and more.
If you saw my Top UFC Picks video, then you would know how drawn I am for this fight. But the deeper I looked into each fighter, the more I came to my decision. There are two possible outcomes for this fight: Francis Ngannou wins by T/KO or Stipe wins – again – by decision.
If you’ve been paying attention to Francis Ngannou on social media, you would have noticed he has been training with reigning UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman. We don’t have much detail about what they cover during their training sessions. But if Ngannou has been working on his conditioning and also wrestling skills, then this fight on Saturday night will be much different than when these two fought in 2018.
Stipe Miocic did beat Ngannou back in 2018 because he had the right game plan: be patient and take it to the ground. By utilizing his wrestling skills, he wore down Ngannou and was able to keep control of the entire fight. Stipe is also very agile; being agile and having patience allowed him to slip away from Ngannou’s punches and left an opening for a takedown.
Stipe is a very intelligent mixed martial artist that is not intimidated by the reputation Ngannou holds. Here’s a little fun fact: when Stipe and Ngannou fought in 2018, Stipe entered as the underdog and won. When Stipe fought Daniel Cormier – in UFC 241 and 252 – Stipe entered as the underdog and also a PK, and won. So, he has always been underrated, especially for a Heavyweight that holds the record for the most UFC Heavyweight Title defenses. Stipe Miocic knows Ngannou is going to aim for that early knockout finish, so I have faith that Miocic can hang with the punches and get the win again.