UFC 260 Results: O’Malley dominates Almeida, Luque submits Woodley
Ngannou, O'Malley, Luque biggest winners of UFC 260
Plenty of praise is directed towards Francis N’gannou following his triumphed title bidding win over Stipe Miocic in UFC 260 Main event. The new champion showed improved MMA skills, most notably his takedown defense. Earlier in the evening, two more young MMA fighters have made huge statements with big wins which hints in the direction of superstardom.
Someone’s loss is another’s opportunity, COVID-19 might derailed several fights including the Volkanovski-Ortega title fight but it put plenty more of attention on the Vincente Luque Vs. Tyron Woodley fight. In what might be the round of the year, both fighters traded BOMBS. Woodley rocked Luque first but the Brazilian remained composed under fire. As the former Welterweight champion pressured forward to get the finish he was met with a huge overhand right which put him on wobbly legs. Luque poured on the punishment, prompting Woodley to shoot for a takedown.
Luque sprawled, then expertly locked in a D’arce/Barbo choke leaving Woodley no where to go. Woodley conceded defeat at 3:56 of the first round in a rollercoaster fight. This was Woodley 4th straight loss and second straight by stoppage. Vincente Luque improved his record to 9-1 in his last ten fights and is sure to make waves in the upper ranks of the UFC Welterweight division standings.
The "Sugar" show gets back on track
By far the biggest betting favorite on the UFC 260 cards at -350, Sean O’Malley looked to deliver a statement with his performance. He did just that while looking sharp coming off an injury, “sugar” used a variety of unorthodox attacks and feints to keep his opponent guessing throughout.
For his part, +260 Thomas Almeida tried to fight back and showed incredible toughness. His downfall was his inability to close the distance on the rangy O’Malley.
“Sugar” nailed Almeida with a headkick and a straight left near the end of the first round. While Almeida was almost dead in the water, O’Malley opted to walk off while the Brazilian surprisingly recovered. In complete control of range, O’Malley kept the pressure on until a beautiful McGregor-esque counter left hand knocked Almeida silly. This time, the American made sure to finish, with style. He casually walked forward then landed one more massive standing to ground punch. That last one might have been unnecessary and it knocked out Almeida stiff.