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UFC 260: Main card, how to watch and what you need to know

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A little over three years after their first battle in Boston, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou will run it back in one of the most highly-anticipated rematches in recent memory.

When Miocic and Ngannou first met back at UFC 220 in 2018, fans were buzzing with anticipation of what could possibly happen when these two titans stepped inside the Octagon.

Miocic was looking to set the record for the most consecutive title defenses in the UFC heavyweight division’s history, while the up-and-coming Ngannou seemed like the future of the weight class with his sheer strength and explosive punches.

>>RELATED: ‘Greatest heavyweight of all time’: Win or lose, Stipe Miocic’s status is solidified

Fans certainly got something unexpected when these two first fought, but not in the way that UFC president Dana White and the company’s higher-ups were likely hoping for.

Miocic turned the bout into a grappling clinic, taking away Ngannou’s power and controlling “The Predator” for all five rounds of the night’s main event.

Fast-forward a few years, and Ngannou gets a chance at redemption in his pursuit of the UFC’s heavyweight championship and the honor to be called the “Baddest Man on the Planet.”

Labeled by the UFC as the “Biggest, Baddest Rematch,” Miocic and Ngannou will battle it out in Las Vegas for UFC 260, potentially the final pay-per-view without fans since the promotion’s first event of the COVID-19 era in May of 2020.

The winner will likely go on to defend their title against former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in a superfight later on in 2021, as well.

>>RELATED: The opportunities are endless for Jon Jones in the UFC’s heavyweight division

A featherweight title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega was also originally scheduled for UFC 260, but was cancelled a week prior to the event due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Instead, a welterweight bout between former champion Tyron Woodley and Vicente Luque will likely take its place as the night’s co-main event, along with the return of the fan-favorite Sean O’Malley in a bantamweight bout against Thomas Almeida.

All in all, as we get closer and closer to one of 2021’s biggest cards, here’s the key information you need to know before all of these fighters step into the Octagon for UFC 260.

When is UFC 260?

UFC 260 will start at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 27, 2021.

Where is UFC 260 taking place?

UFC 260 will be broadcast live from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

UFC 260 main card:

Main event for the UFC Heavyweight Championship: Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Francis Ngannou (1)

Welterweight bout: Tyron Woodley (7) vs. Vicente Luque (10)

Bantamweight bout: Sean O’Malley vs. Thomas Almeida

Lightweight bout: Jamie Mullarkey vs. Khama Worthy

How can I watch the UFC 260 main card and prelims?

You can buy the UFC 260 main card on ESPN+, and you can watch prelims at 8 p.m. ET on both ESPN and ESPN+. Early prelims will start at 6:00 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass.

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