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UFC 260: Jamie Mullarkey vs Khama Worthy Fight Preview

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Jamie Mullarkey vs Khama Worthy is set to kick off this weekend’s UFC 260 main card. These two lightweights are going to settle their differences on the feet in order to prove who’s superior.

Mullarkey and Worthy entered the UFC just two months apart back in 2019, but since then, their careers have gone in different directions. Mullarkey is still searching for his first UFC victory, while Worthy has won two of his three contests. However, “The Deathstar” got finished in his last outing, so expect both guys to be at their bests and leave it all out there.

Jamie Mullarkey vs Khama Worthy Background

Jamie Mullarkey (12-4, 0-2 UFC)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 05: Jamie Mullarkey of Australia poses on the scale during the UFC 243 weigh-in at Marvel Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The 26-year-old Australian native got the call from the UFC after defending his Superfight MMA lightweight championship in May of 2019. Mullarkey then made his first octagon appearance against fellow debutant Brad Riddell. Despite coming up short on the scorecards, Mullarkey showed talent in a Fight of the Night effort.

A year later which included a fight cancelation vs Jalin Turner, Mullarkey returned to face Fares Ziam. He lost in the eyes of the judges once again, so expect him to do everything he can to avoid leaving it to them against Worthy.

Khama Worthy (16-7, 2-1 UFC)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 27: Khama Worthy celebrates after his submission victory over Luis Pena in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 27, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

The 34-year-old fighter out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania burst onto the scene as a late-replacement at UFC 241 against Devonte Smith. His first-round left hook TKO earned him Performance of the Night nods.

Worthy went on to choke out Luis Pena before losing to Ottman Azaitar last September. “The Deathstar” racked up experience outside the UFC – including facing Paul Felder and Billy Quarantillo – which has aided him when taking on up and comers. He’ll hold the experience edge this weekend at UFC 260.

Mullarkey vs Worthy UFC 260 Fight Breakdown

Both of these guys are expected to enter this fight intending to keep it standing. Worthy stands orthodox, keeps his hands high, and throws every strike with bad intentions. Mullarkey also stands orthodox, but he keeps his hands lower and relies more on head movement to avoid strikes.

Worthy likes to explode forward to overwhelm his opponents with his power. He also has displayed solid takedown defense, but if you do get him down he’s shown the ability to lock up submissions.

Mullarkey might shoot on Worthy if he doesn’t like how the first few exchanges go. There’s little doubt the Australian will have a power disadvantage in this one, but the longer this fight goes, the more it benefits him. If he can avoid and/or absorb Worthy’s early offerings, he could wear him out – especially if he’s able to grapple successfully.

Worthy has both a power and speed advantage on the feet. Moreover, he has the takedown defense to fend off an average wrestler like Mullarkey. This UFC 260 bout will begin on the feet and it’ll likely stay there, which is to Worthy’s benefit. This is yet another tough match-up for Mullarkey.

Final Insights

Win or lose, Worthy has never gone to the judges. The opposite can be said for Mullarkey, but this fight has finish written all over it. These are a couple lightweights in desperate need of a win at UFC 260. It’s their desperation that will provide a Fight of the Night contender when it’s all said and done.

Oddsmakers currently peg “The Deathstar” as a small (-137) favorite with Mullarkey coming in at (+110). This is a very close fight on paper, but a couple of key advantages lean towards Worthy.

Both lightweights are predicting fireworks, but only one will emerge victoriously. Who do you see winning Jamie Mullarkey vs Khama Worthy? Drop your prediction in the comments!

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