UFC 260 was an extremely historic event. We had Sean O’Malley solidify himself as a serious contender with a wild and impressive fight that resulted in a knockout finish against Thomas Almeida. Alonzo Menifield demonstrated the true meaning of “Irony”. Coming off a knockout loss to Ovince St. Preux, Menifield would come back and use OSP’s signature move, the Von Fluke choke, to finish his opponent Fabio Cherant shortly into round one.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg, folks! With so many story lines and speculation surrounding them, we could be here all night recapping UFC 260! So, we’ve narrowed it all down. To present: 5 Amazing UFC 260 Takeaways!
Stick around until the end, to go back over the full card results as well!
UFC 260 Takeaways
1. What A Bunch of Mullarkey… Power!
With the bad pun out of the way, only one thing’s left to say. Jamie Mullarkey got power! Previously 0-2 in the UFC, Mullarkey proved against Khama Worthy that he is indeed worthy of the illustrious privilege that is being a UFC fighter.
Mullarkey was on fire leading into his UFC debut against Brad Riddell at UFC 243. On a four fight win streak, Mullarkey was rolling, but his opponents weren’t stepping out of the way. Going to the decision and losing against Riddell, Mullarkey utilized an age old adage of; “If you can’t beat them, join them.” By joining Riddell at the famed City Kickboxing Gym under the great Eugene Bareman. While another loss followed against Fares Ziam at UFC Fight Island 6, Mullarkey was improving.
At UFC 260, Mullarkey would display the culmination of all his lessons learned through adversity and find the finish. Leaving us with no doubt. Mullarkey has got serious power!
2. Miranda Maverick Is No Joke!
At UFC 260, two young female warriors took the cage! At 23 years-old, Maverick could be considered a young MMA savant. Taking on a slightly older but much more experienced opponent in Gillian Robertson, Maverick subtly dominated her to earn the decision victory.
Displaying the ability to defend chokes, transitions, and get out of bad positions on the ground; Maverick demonstrated that her grappling is nothing to play with. Landing more takedowns, and garnering more control time then Robertson who is known for her grappling prowess.
Striking wise, things look even more one-sided. With Maverick out-striking Robertson 131-32. As far as ground strikes go, Robertson attempted zero, while Maverick landed 19 strikes out of 21 attempts. So, “Fear the” Maverick definitely instills “fear” into potential opponents after a dominant win like that. Clearly showing she is no joke; and improving her UFC record to 2-0 after her victory at UFC 260.
3. Alonzo Menifield Pulls Off Extremely Ironic and Impressive Win
Previously coming off of a knockout loss to Ovince St. Preux at UFC Vegas 9, nobody really saw Menifield’s Von Flue choke over Fabio Cherant coming. It was an insane turn of events, and perhaps one of the most ironic and iconic moments in MMA history. In case you aren’t familiar, St. Preux has finished four fights via the Von Flue choke. In fact, many actually call this submission the Von Preux choke now. Paying homage to both Jason Von Flue and Ovince St. Preux.
Which is why the situation is so ironic, as Menifield gets knocked out by St. Preux and then turns around and finishes his next fight with the guy’s signature move.
4. The O’Malley Walk Off KO.. X2!
In one of, if not the most pivotal matchups of his career, Sean O’Malley delivered. At UFC 260, there were many finishes. In this fight however, there were two..
Thomas Almeida vs Sean O’Malley was a matchup that contained two young killers in the bantamweight division. Both desperate for a win, after differing adversities led to losses for both of these men. For Almeida, he was on a three fight skid. Whilst O’Malley was coming off of the first loss of his career to Marlon Vera at UFC 252.
So, stakes were high leading into this one. Both men put on a show, but O’Malley was overall just too dynamic for Almeida. The kicks of O’Malley were seamlessly worked in at the beginning and ends of his combos, and the footwork opened up opportunities for head kicks and spinning kicks.
While Almeida hung tough, O’Malley was just too much for him at UFC 260. A head kick would stagger the young Brazilian in the first round, and a follow-up right hand from O’Malley would send Almeida crashing to the canvas. At that point, O’Malley walked off, thinking he had secured the knockout. However, the referee needed to see more and didn’t stopped the fight.
Continuing from there, Almeida showed no doubt that he is a true warrior willing to go out on his shield. Surviving the rest of the first and second round, it wouldn’t be until 3:52 into the third where O’Malley would put it all together and secure the victory. Scoring another walk-off KO, in the same fight!
5. “The Predator” Is Evolving..
It’s been a long, hard road for Ngannou. With a life of poverty, he has experienced things that we couldn’t even comprehend. From working in sand quarry’s at age 10, to making a long and difficult journey to Europe over 12 times; Ngannou is just cut from a different cloth.
Every time he reached Europe he would get denied entry and transported back to the nightmare he came from. Ngannou would travel all the way back an astounding 12 times, as previously mentioned, just in hopes of potentially succeeding. After he was finally successful, he was then arrested (in Spain) and held for two months. Finding his way to Paris, he was homeless on the streets. One day, he walked into an MMA gym, and the rest is history.
Taking on one of the few men to beat Ngannou in Stipe Miocic, “The Predator” displayed an evolution to his game at UFC 260. When Miocic shot in for the takedown, Ngannou sprawled, then took the back. It was an insane turn of events, because it seemed like the entire world believed that the only hope for Stipe was to outwrestle “The Predator”. It wasn’t meant to be however, and Ngannou honestly styled on Miocic. Throwing calf kicks, head kicks, things we’d never really seen before from Ngannou.
Early into round two, Ngannou would drop Miocic with a jab. The Champion recovered slightly, and landed a solid right hand on “The Predator” as he was advancing forward. Instead of continuing to evade, this punch gave Stipe confidence and he stood his ground. A perfectly thrown left-hook from Ngannou would then put Miocic out, literally folding him like a lawn-chair. For good measure, Ngannou would then land a sickening hammer-fist on Miocic as he lay already unconscious.
It was a hell of a way to cap off UFC 260, and you can’t help but get a heart-warming feeling for Ngannou when you think of how far he has come, and what he has had to endure on his way to glory.
UFC 260 Results
- Francis Ngannou (c) def. Stipe Miocic (c) via second-round TKO (punches)
- Vicente Luque def. Tyron Woodley via first-round submission (D’Arce choke)
- Sean O’Malley def. Thomas Almeida via third-round knockout (punch)
- Miranda Maverick def. Gillian Robertson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Jamie Mullarkey def. Khama Worthy via first-round knockout (punch)
- Alonzo Menifield def. Fabio Cherant via first-round submission (von Flue choke)
- Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. Jared Gooden via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Michał Oleksiejczuk def. Modestas Bukauskas via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Omar Morales def. Shane Young via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Marc-Andre Barriault def. Abu Azaitar via third-round TKO (punches)
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