Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently put the finishing touches on its UFC 260 pay-per-view (PPV) fight card, scheduled for TONIGHT (Sat., March 27, 2021) on ESPN+ from inside the promotion’s APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC 260 will be headlined by the heavyweight championship title fight pitting reigning 265-pound kingpin Stipe Miocic against hulking knockout artist Francis Ngannou. In UFC 260’s co-headliner, former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley looks to re-establish himself in the 170-pound division at the expense of streaking contender Vicente Luque.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 260 fight card below, starting with the early ESPN/ESPN+ “Prelims” matches, which are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.
Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Miocic vs. Ngannou 2.” Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 260 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 260 QUICK RESULTS:
UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou — Ngannou def. Miocic by KO (punches) at 0:52 of Round Two — HIGHLIGHTS
Tyron Woodley vs. Vicente Luque — Luque def. Woodley by submission (d’arce choke) at 3:56 of Round One
Sean O’Malley vs. Thomas Almeida — O’Malley def. Almeida by KO (punches) at 3:52 of Round Three
Miranda Maverick vs. Gillian Robertson — Maverick def. Robertson by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Jamie Mullarkey vs. Khama Worthy — Mullarkey def. Worthy by TKO (punches) at 0:46 of Round One
Alonzo Menifield vs. Fabio Cherant — Menifield def. Cherant by submission (Von Flue choke) at 1:11 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
Jared Gooden vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov — Nurmagomedov def. Gooden by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Modestas Bukauskas vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk — Oleksiejczuk def. Bukauskas by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Omar Morales vs. Shane Young — Morales def. Young by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Abu Azaitar vs. Marc-Andre Barriault — Barriault def. Azaitar by TKO (punches and elbows) at 4:56 of Round Three — HIGHLIGHTS
UFC 260 LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY:
265 lbs.: UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou
Round 1: Low kick from Ngannou to start. 1-2 to the body. One minute in. Triple jab to right cross from Ngannou, Miocic eats it successfully. Miocic looks for a single-leg, gets sprawled on. Ngannou grabs a rear waist lock and drags Miocic down, blasting him with punches on the ground and on the way up. Miocic manages to survive and separate two minutes. Left high kick from Ngannou. Checked leg kick. Two minutes to go.
Lead right lands for Ngannou. Overhand right falls short. Low kick from Miocic. One minute to go. Miocic staying mobile, eats a low kick. Ngannou front kick falls short. 10-9 Ngannou.
Round 2: Low kick lands for Ngannou. Miocic fires a left hook, then gets dropped by a shifting left hand. Miocic manages to survive the initial rush and come back with a hard right hand, but Ngannou just folds him with a left hook and follows up with a vicious hammerfist on his unconscious body.
Final result: Ngannou def. Miocic by KO (punches)
170 lbs.: Tyron Woodley vs. Vicente Luque
Round 1: Woodley marches in with an overhand right and grabs a body lock. Luque reverses on the fence. One minute in. Woodley reverses in turn, then they separate. Woodley slinging right hands, tries to shoot, eats a knee inside. Luque puts him on the fence. Two minutes in. They separate and Woodley lands a right hand that visible stings Luque. Woodley tries to open up, only to get dropped by an overhand right in return. Luque answers a knee with a left hook and Woodley’s legs are jelly. He stumbles to the fence, buy comes back with a good left hook with two minutes to go.
After more big swings from both men, Woodley changes levels and ends up caught in Luque’s signature d’arce. Woodley makes a strong effort to wriggle free, but is forced to tap.
Final result: Luque def. Woodley by submission (d’arce choke)
135 lbs.: Sean O’Malley vs. Thomas Almeida
Round 1: O’Malley sending out straight punches. 1-2 connects. Low kick exchange. One minute in. Body kick from O’Malley, avoids a two-piece. Spinning back kick and straight left land for him. Good left hook by Almeida. Two minutes in. Almeida pressing forward, O’Malley switching stances. Straight left from O’Malley. Low kick and teep. Almeida leans right into a head kick, then gets floored by an overhand left. O’Malley wants the walk-off, but the ref tells them to keep going. 1-2 from O’Malley with two minutes to go.
Another straight left by O’Malley. Counter right. Almeida low kick. O’Malley misses a wheel kick, ends up on his back for a moment. One minute to go. Two head kicks from O’Malley, misses the wheel kick. Right hand lands for the Brazilian against the fence. 10-8 O’Malley.
Round 2: Early combination from O’Malley. Almeida jabs the body, eats a calf kick. Body kick attempt, avoids a wheel kick a minute in. Low kick knocks O’Malley over. Almeida low kick. Oblique kicks from O’Malley. Another low kick two minutes in. Two hard straight lefts land for him. 1-2. Body kicks. Almeida wheel kick falls short. Two minutes to go.
Almeida fires a combination that backs O’Malley off. O’Malley comes back with a body kick. Almeida tries a body kick. One minute to go. Combination from O’Malley. Almeida low kicks. O’Malley tries a flying knee, eats a left hook. Almeida standing over him, trying to deal with the legs. 10-9 O’Malley.
Round 3: Hard calf kick spins Almeida around. Jab from O’Malley behind it. Continuing to pick at the lead leg. One minute in. Right hook from O’Malley, another low kick. Spinning back kick to head kick attempt. 1-2 lands for him. Body kick. Two minutes in. Knee to the body inside. Straight lefts connect. Double jab. Two minutes to go.
1-2 from O’Malley. Another, this one from southpaw. Almeida slips trying a wheel kick, clipped with a 1-2 and overhand. Big straight left drops Almeida, and when the ref doesn’t give him the walk-off, he drops an absolute nightmare of a right hand that knocks the Brazilian stiff.
Final result: O’Malley def. Almeida by KO (punches)
125 lbs.: Miranda Maverick vs. Gillian Robertson
Round 1: Straight left lands for Maverick. Body kick from Robertson, eats a leg kick in return. Combination by Maverick. Another straight left. Robertson body kick a minute in. Counter left lands for Maverick, low-high combo. Technical difficulties. Back to the action 90 seconds in. Maverick Superman punch, combination. Two minutes in. Continuing to exchange, Maverick with the greater volume so far. Low-high combo. Body kick to straight left. Two minutes to go.
Another combination from Maverick, who catches a kick for a takedown against the fence. Robertson manages to stand and separate before long. Body kick from Maverick with a minute to go. Maverick with a straight left to blast double into half guard. Robertson pops up at the bell. 10-9 Maverick.
Round 2: Early volume from Maverick. Head kick connects. Right hook. Superman punch. With the other hand this time, but it allows Robertson to take her down. First the back, then side control a minute in. Half guard now. Good balance from Robertson. Two minutes in. Maverick turns to her knees and Robertson spins to her back. Nice scrambling. Back to half guard.
Technical difficulties, back to action with a minute to go. Robertson looks for the RNC, but loses position. Maverick goes right back on the attack when they return to the feet. Good combinations and she shoots. 10-9 Robertson.
Round 3: Early head kick attempt from Maverick. Clean straight left. Combination on the fence. Robertson shoots, denied. Another shot, sprawled on and Maverick takes her back. One minute in. Maverick rides the sweep attempt into mount, drops elbows. Hard hammerfists. Two minutes in. Robertson turns to her knees, eats knees to the body from turtle. Back to guard, elbows from Maverick. Robertson turns for an armbar. Two minutes to go.
Maverick gets her arm free, drops hammerfists. Robertson looks for the back, can’t get it. Maverick back on top, dropping hammerfists. She waves Robertson back to the feet with a minute to go. Maverick feints into a double-leg and takes her down against the fence. Robertson holding onto a front headlock, loses it. Maverick kicks at her legs and denies an attempt to sit through into a takedown. 10-9 Maverick.
Final result: Maverick def. Robertson by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Jamie Mullarkey vs. Khama Worthy
Round 1: Early right hand from Mullarkey. They exchange for a bit, then he takes Worthy’s legs out with a left hook that sends him to the canvas face-first. A few more shots and it’s over.
Final result: Mullarkey def. Worthy by TKO (punches)
205 lbs.: Alonzo Menifield vs. Fabio Cherant
Round 1: Menifield comes out slugging and slams Cherant into side control, avoiding a guillotine in the process. Bearing down on the Von Flue. One minute in. A little longer and there’s the tap.
Final result: Menifield def. Cherant by submission (Von Flue choke)
170 lbs.: Jared Gooden vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov
Round 1: Trading jabs to start. Gooden showing feints, lands a left hook a minute in. Gooden takes an eye poke after eating a body kick. Two minutes in. Double jab lands for Gooden. Hard combo by Nurmagomedov and a left hook visible stings Gooden, who circles away. Low kick connects. Nurmagomedov shoots under a left hook, can’t get it. Two minutes to go.
Low kick from Nurmagomedov. Knee to the body inside. Stiff jab by the Dagestani. Low kick and right hand. One minute to go. Jab exchange. Step-in left hurts Gooden again. Combination lands for Gooden in return. 10-9 Nurmagomedov.
Round 2: Both men still leaning on their jabs. Gooden lands a right to the body. Stiff jab catches Gooden a minute in. Both men patient this round. Right cross by Nurmagomedov. Another good one in combination. More jabs. Gooden with a combination downstairs. Nurmagomedov tries to shoot, denied, lands a body kick behind it. Two minutes to go.
Back to the jab exchange. Gooden to the body. Combination by Nurmagomedov. One minute to go. Gooden to the body. There’s a good low kick after more jabs. Southpaw 1-2 by Nurmagomedov, tries a head kick. Switching stance again. 10-9 Nurmagomedov.
Round 3: Head kick to body kick from Nurmagomedov. He shoots, gets to a rear waist lock. Gooden manages to separate. Hard combo by Nurmagomedov a minute in. He shoots again, avoids a guillotine to land on top. Gooden regains guard, lands elbow. Two minutes in. Nurmagomedov staying tight, chipping away. He passes to half guard. Two minutes to go.
More shoulder pressure from Nurmagomedov. Continuing to stay heavy. One minute to go. He keeps up the pressure until the bell. 10-9 Nurmagomedov.
Final result: Nurmagomedov def. Gooden by unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Modestas Bukauskas vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
Round 1: Bukauskas tries to open with a wheel kick, eats a heavy left hand. Oleksiejczuk looks for the body. 1-2 upstairs. Bukauskas the more active of the two so far, but Oleksiejczuk continuing to advance. One minute in. Body kick from Bukauskas, eats an overhand left. Bukauskas shoots into a left hand, denied. Double left by Oleksiejczuk, avoids getting taken to the fence. Two minutes in. Big right hand by Bukauskas and he follows up with a heavy flurry. Another good right hand, swinging hard. Unable to tie up. Oleksiejczuk digs a left to the body, caught by a 1-2. Big counter left. Two minutes to go.
Oleksiejczuk with a right hook on the fence. Bukauskas tries 1-2s. Oleksiejczuk with a 2-3. One minute to go. Another left by Oleksiejczuk. Body shot met by a Bukauskas right hand. Bukauskas follows up with a body kick. They trade in the center. Spinning back kick from Bukauskas. 10-9 Bukauskas.
Round 2: Early exchange in center cage. Oleksiejczuk continuing to push forward, lands a right hook. Body shot a minute in. Another. He slips a 1-2. Overhand left connects. They trade lefts in the center. Two minutes in. Bukauskas body kick. Big counter left by Oleksiejczuk after slipping a punch. Straight left. 3-2 from Bukauskas in return. Front kick downstairs. Oleksiejczuk tries a right hook. Two minutes to go.
Knee from Oleksiejczuk. Continuing to pressure. Right hand lands for Bukauskas. Body kick. Oleksiejczuk with another left downstairs, then an overhand. Counter right comes back at him. One minute to go. Bukauskas catches him doming in with an elbow, gets clinched. They separate. Bukauskas tries a head kick, flurries to end the round. 10-9 Bukauskas.
Round 3: Oleksiejczuk back on the advance. Bukauskas sends out a combo. One minute in. Bukasukas tries another combo, lands a nice shot behind it. Oleksiejczuk catches him circling with a right hook. Bukauskas lands an uppercut, follows with a cross. Oleksiejczuk to the body. He grabs a body lock and takes him to the fence two minutes in. Short shots from the Pole. They separate. Knee by Bukauskas with two minutes to go.
Bukauskas combination and left hook. 1-2 from Oleksiejczuk in return. Oleksiejczuk to the body. Bukauskas forces him back with a right hand. Spinning back kick attempt. Good left hook. Big right hook by Oleksiejczuk in return. One minute to go. Bukasukas lands a hard cross, eats one soon after. Nasty body shot visibly hurts Bukauskas. Oleksiejczuk shoots, denied. They separate. Both swing big to end the round. 10-9 Oleksiejczuk.
Final result: Oleksiejczuk def. Bukauskas by split decision
145 lbs.: Omar Morales vs. Shane Young
Round 1: Tentative start to the fight, no real contact in the first minute outside a body jab from Young. Low kick from Morales. Young takes a low blow, but his cup holds up remarkably well. Both sending out low kick. Morales with a sneaky head kick attempt. Counter knee catches Young shooting in. Morales gets a body lock and throws Young to the ground, landing a right hand on the way up. Two minutes to go.
Young pressing him against the fence. Now some jockeying. Knee from Morales. One minute to go. Good right hand from Young on the break. Young steps back into the clinch, eats a knee to the body. Both throw elbows on the break. 10-9 Morales.
Round 2: Young times a low kick for a takedown into guard. He goes for a leg, loses position, back to the feet a minute in. Young to the body. Low kick by Morales. Jabs connect. Two minutes in. Low kick from Morales gets checked. Trading jabs in the center. Young shoots, denied. Jabs from Morales. Two minutes to go.
Morales whiffs on a counter knee, lands a calf kick. Young eats jabs, lands a body shot. Morales calf kick, tries to go high. One minute to go. Young sticks another right and jab to the midsection. More sharp jabs from Morales, right hand behind it. Wheel kick attempt gets blocked. 1-2 lands again and he tries a jumping knee. 10-9 Morales.
Round 3: Young showing more volume to start this round. They trade low kicks. Young clinches up, eats a couple knees from over-under. Jockeying for position a minute in. Young looks for a single-leg, denied. Morales grabs a body lock and takes him down into side control. Young sits up into his own takedown attempt and they separate two minutes in. Young body shot, Morales low kick and jab. Young shoots behind a right hand and puts him on the fence. Knee from Morales, Young with an elbow on the break. Morales leg kick and they trade jabs. Two minutes to go.
Morales still getting the better of the jab battle. Glancing 1-2, eats an overhand in return. Young body shot, continuing to advance. Both swing hard in the center. One minute to go. Young lands a right and they clinch for a moment. More Morales jabs, whiffs on the uppercut. Young with a right cross, avoids one in return. Body shot, ducks a head kick for a takedown attempt. Morales with a few shots on the break. Closest round so far. 10-9 Morales.
Final result: Morales def. Young by unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Abu Azaitar vs. Marc-Andre Barriault
Round 1: Early overhand right from Azaitar. Low kicks from Barriault in return. Left hook lands and Azaitar shoots in against the fence. Barriault comes back with short uppercuts and reverses. Low blow from the Canadian. They resume in the center a minute in. Overhand right, good swings from Azaitar and a knee behind it. Jockeying for position on the fence. Azaitar chipping away. Good knee and uppercut. Hard body shots as they separate two minutes in. Low kick connects. Azaitar forces him back with punches. Knees to the body in the clinch. Two minutes to go.
Good body shots by Azaitar. Some knees on the break, good leg kick. Counter left hook, more knees inside. One minute to go. They exchange a bit against the fence. Jab from Barriault, low kicks from Azaitar. Good right hand by Barriault, eats more low kicks in return. An exchange before the bell. 10-9 Azaitar.
Round 2: Trading low kicks to start. Barriault lands a jab, tries to press forward with a flurry. Azaitar low kick and body shots as he eats a knee. More body shots, then a low blow pauses the action. One minute in. They trade low kicks again. Counter left by Azaitar. Nasty uppercut by Barriault and they slug inside. Hard left hook rattles Barriault and Azaitar tries to shoot. Another uppercut by Barriault before they separate. Two minutes in. Long uppercut connects. Lots of volume from Barriault this round. Azaitar tries a takedown, counters a takedown with a hip throw. They pop back up and Barriault lands some hard elbows inside. Back to the center. Big right hand by Barriault, who walks through an overhand right with two minutes to go.
Elbows from Barriault, stuffs another takedown. Azaitar trying to wade into the clinch. Azaitar uppercut, Barriault right hand. They trade rights, left hook by Azaitar. Azaitar looks tired but continues to throw. Barriault cracks him with a right cross with a minute to go. Heavy 1-2. Azaitar lands some heavy shots with his back against the fence. Barriault comes back with elbows. Brutal exchange on the fence. 10-9 Barriault.
Round 3: Barriault continuing to march forward and send out hard shots. Jab exchange. Barriault slugging on the fence, stuffs a takedown. Azaitar’s mouthpiece falls out and he pauses to pick it up, which allows Barriault to blast him with punches and take him down into half guard a minute in. Big elbows and punches by Barriault. Azaitar is completely spent. Full mount for Barriault. Savage elbows two minutes in. They can stop this whenever. Barriault unleashes more punches and elbows. Azaitar manages to turn to his knees and try to pull guard, but Barriault steps right back into side control and mount. Two minutes to go.
Barriault continues to hammer away, then takes the back. Back to mount, more punches. One minute to go. To the back once again. Back to mount and the next flurry sends the ref into action.
Final result: Barriault def. Azaitar by TKO (punches and elbows)