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Midnight Mania! Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou, Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega targeted for UFC 260 on March 27

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UFC intends to hold four pay-per-view (PPV) events in the first quarter of 2021, and now they’re all beginning to take shape. To quickly sum up the planned schedule: UFC 257 features the return of Conor McGregor next weekend, UFC 258 is something of a mystery likely headlined by Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns, and UFC 259 is absolutely stacked with three title fights!

The UFC event on March 27 was initially thought to be a standard Fight Night event, but UFC will in fact squeeze in a second March PPV. Earlier tonight, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani revealed that UFC intends a pair of title fights to lead the card, as Stipe Miocic will put his Heavyweight title on the line opposite Francis Ngannou for the second time, and Alexander Volkanovski will look to deny a resurgent Brian Ortega.

He was forced to survive a few scares, but Stipe Miocic handily defeated Francis Ngannou back in January of 2018. Since then, Miocic battled Daniel Cormier across a trilogy of fights to ultimately remain champion, whereas Ngannou rebounded by knocking out four opponents in less than three minutes total.

Meanwhile, Volkanovski will finally look to expand his championship reign beyond fighting Max Holloway. Ortega may only be riding a single fight win streak into his second title shot, but the jiu-jitsu ace did appear reinvigorated and better than ever in his five-round thrashing of Chan Sung Jung.

Are these two title fights enough to score your hard-earned cash?


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