Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou will return to battle in their highly anticipated heavyweight title clash at UFC 260.
The duo now went to war three years ago in 2018, when champion Miocic silenced doubters with a unanimous points decision that his heavyweight rival won.
Miocic was able to get the best shots of Ngannou at their first meeting, but whether that will still be the case after his epic trilogy with Daniel Cormier remains to be seen.
The America, who initially lost his heavyweight belt to Cormier, won it back in their second fight, before retaining his title last August.
However, Miocic had to undergo eye surgery after his second fight with Cormier, and with the UFC legend now 38 years old, Ngannou’s strength may tell more this time.
While it was Miocic who dominated their first meeting – and while it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the same result – Ngannou will come in with great confidence after four consecutive knockout wins.
With the intriguing map fast approaching, Sportsmail takes you through the important information you need to know.
Stipe Miocic (left) and Francis Ngannou (right) go to battle Saturday night at UFC 260
When is Miocic vs Ngannou 2?
The highly anticipated showdown between Miocic and Ngannou takes place in the early hours of Sunday, March 27 at the Apex in Las Vegas.
The main event starts around 5am for those in the UK, and the main ticket starts at around 3am.
Fight fans don’t have to stay up late to get the action started, though, with the prelims starting at 1am.
How do I watch Miocic vs Ngannou 2 on UFC 260?
Much to the delight of fight fans in the UK, the mouth-watering clash between Miocic and Ngannou is not a pay-per-view event.
Yes, the action will be shown live on BT Sport 2, where existing customers can watch the fights on television or by streaming them on the BT app or website.
Non-subscribers can also watch BT content through a monthly subscription for £ 25 without a contract.
Additionally, EE customers can watch the event for FREE by including BT Sport in their existing deal at no extra cost.
To do this, you need to log into EE and select the BT Sport app, which can also be displayed on the big screen by texting SPORT to 150, after which a three-month trial begins.
Meanwhile, those in the United States can watch the action on ESPN + and UFC Fight Pass, the latter of which will also show the early prelims.
Miocic vs Ngannou: the records
Ngannou had a winning streak of 10 fights before facing Miocic in 2018
Miocic’s emphatic win over Ngannou was his third straight defense of his heavyweight title
Height: 6ft 4 “
Range: 80 “
Recording: 20W, 3L
Height: 6ft 4 “
Range: 83 “
Recording: 15W, 3L
During the UFC 260 press conference prior to the fight, Ngannou insisted that he didn’t recognize the man who lost to Miocic the first time, admitting that he finds it hard to look back.
“I remember the first fight in the prep,” he said. ‘I don’t take credit from Stipe, he was the better fighter that night, but I hate watching that fight because I don’t recognize myself, the way I fight, I rush.
‘That guy looks like me, but I don’t recognize him. I made a lot of mistakes leading up to that fight and I wasn’t myself.
‘I didn’t even have any emotion in that fight, I was just there. This time it will be different, I had enough time with my team to sort everything out. ‘
With Ngannou on an impressive knockout streak, Miocic acknowledges that he will be playing with an upgraded fighter this time around.
However, the American insists that he will get the job done anyway.
“He’s definitely gotten better,” said the champion. ‘We are all evolving, he has evolved and of course I knew I would probably see him on the road after the first fight.
‘Listen, it will be a hell of a fight on Saturday. It evolved, you know, but I’m here to put it out again. ‘
Miocic vs Ngannou 2: The map in full
Main Map – from 3am UK
- Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou (Main Event – UFC Heavyweight Title)
- Tyron Woodley vs Vicente Luque (Worldweight)
- Sean O’Malley vs Thomas Almeida (Bantamweight)
- Gillian Robertson vs Miranda Maverick (women’s flyweight)
- Khama Worthy vs Jamie Mullarkey (lightweight)
Prelims – from 1am UK
- Alonzo Menifield vs William Knight (light heavyweight)
- Jessica Penne vs Hannah Goldy (strawweight ladies)
- Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs Jared Gooden (welterweight)
- Fashion bag Bukauskas vs Michał Oleksiejczuk (light heavyweight)
Early Prelims – from 11pm UK
- Shane Young vs Omar Morales (featherweight)
- Marc-Andre Barriault vs Abu Azaitar (Middleweight)