Welcome back to the Post-Fight report card, where I will be breaking down the results and assigning each fighter a letter grade for their performance.
This week at UFC 260, we had a 10-fight card after some cancellations, but it nonetheless showed through in a fun event with great scraps and quick finishes!
Before we get into the breakdown, let’s go through the grading criteria. There are four major factors for me, coming down to finishes, domination, level of opponent, and fight IQ, giving us some insight into how they will perform going forward.
With that said, let’s get right into it, from top to bottom!
|Francis Ngannou def. Stipe Miocic by Knockout||Left Hook (0:52 of Round 2)|
|Francis Ngannou – A+||Stipe Miocic – D|
|Vicente Luque def. Tyron Woodley by Submission||D’Arce Choke (3:56 of Round 1)|
|Vicente Luque – A||Tyron Woodley – D|
|Sean O’Malley def. Thomas Almeida by Knockout||Counter Left (3:52 of Round 3)|
|Sean O’Malley – A-||Thomas Almeida – D+|
|Miranda Maverick def. Gillian Robertson by Decision||(29-28, 30-27 x2)|
|Miranda Maverick – B||Gillian Robertson – C-|
|Jamie Mullarkey def. Khama Worthy by Knockout||Left Hook to G&P (0:46 of Round 1)|
|Jamie Mullarkey – A+||Khama Worthy – F|
|Alonzo Menifield def. Fabio Cherant by Submission||Von Flue Choke (1:11 of Round 1)|
|Alonzo Menifield – A+||Fabio Cherant – F|
|Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. Jared Gooden by Decision||(30-27 x3)|
|Abubakar Nurmagomedov – B||Jared Gooden – D|
|Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Modestas Bukauskas by Decision||(29-28 x2 Oleksiejczuk, 29-28 Bukauskas)|
|Michal Oleksiejczuk – C+||Modestas Bukauskas – C-|
|Omar Morales def. Shane Young by Decision||(30-27 x3)|
|Omar Morales – B-||Shane Young – D+|
|Marc-Andre Barriault def. Abu Azaitar by Knockout||Ground and Pound (4:56 of Round 3)|
|Marc-Andre Barriault – B+||Abu Azaitar – D+|
Before we wrap this up, there are a few performances I think should be highlighted from this card.
Francis Ngannou stole the show in the main event, scoring a devastating KO finish over Heavyweight GOAT Stipe Miocic. It wasn’t a chance shot in the opening seconds of the fight like recent bouts, as Ngannou displayed a clear evolution. From patience and improved cardio to stout grappling defense, Ngannou will now be surging towards superstardom after this dominant showcase.
Rising star Sean O’Malley returned to the win column with a highlight KO over Thomas Almeida. Despite an early mistake that costed Sean a first round knockout, O’Malley showed off his creative and powerful striking style once again and further proved himself one to watch.
On the prelims, Alonzo Menifield also got back on the winning track and reasserted himself as a top prospect with a quick submission over talented grappler Fabio Cherant. Not only did he right his losing skid, but he showed a more diverse skillset, scoring the second submission win of his career with the rare Von Flue choke.
Next, we are back on the ABC network with a massive card, featuring a top five Middleweight tilt between Marvin Vettori and Darren Till!
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