UFC 260 Expert Picks & How The Immigrant Mentality Creates World Champions

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If you just want the fight breakdown with no back story about the fighter’s immigrant mentality that got them this far, scroll down to the “Prediction” section. If you just want the expert picks and don’t even want the fight breakdown you could go straight to our Prediction Page.

 

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UFC 260 is headlined by a UFC Heavyweight Title Fight between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou. But more importantly, it’s a public display of the immigrant mentality that drove two men to become the best hand to hand combat fighters on earth.

 

If you’ve been around immigrants in the U.S. or any Western Country, you usually know you’re dealing with an immigrant even if they speak with a perfect accent and tell you their name is “Kevin”. There’s something about their demeanor and attitude that’s not quite the same as your average local Kevin.

 

This quirkiness comes from their personal struggles or their parent’s struggle of uprooting everything they knew and loved to immigrate in an attempt to change their lives. They become a minority overnight, no friends, they can’t speak the local language properly, no license that’s needed to practice your occupation and feed your kids – that’ll change a person.

 

Now multiply that by 100 and you have Francis Ngannou’s story. It would take an entire book to tell you his immigration journey, but long story short he alternated between getting smuggled, walking, and rowing a boat to get from Cameroon to Europe. Took him 14 months to make that trip where he was captured, beaten almost to death, thrown in the middle of the dessert, robbed, and had a stick up his ass to see if he was hiding any money. But he sucked it up and made it to Spain across the African border. Then he was jailed for 2 months for illegal immigration. Then he went to France where he was homeless and slept in the parking lot of the MMA gym he trained at. That kind of life experience just doesn’t exist in the U.S. Even people born in American ghettos at least have some family members or friends supporting them along the way. Or at least some form of social service support.

 

Stipe’s immigrant mentality on the other hand came second hand, but his Croatian parents mad sure that mentality was beaten into him. In typical immigrant fashion, Miocic has successfully kept his childhood and personal life shielded from the public, so little is known about his upbringing. But we have an exclusive interview with another second generation Croatian immigrant who’s found success in America to breakdown how Stipe’s Croatian upbringing contributes to his fighting success, and  the immense amount of Croatians that look up to him. He’s far… far far far far less impressive compared to the real Stipe, but it was the best we can do with our limited resources, so give us a break and give it a listen. Don’t make us beg. We need the views. It drops tomorrow (Friday March 26).

 

In their last fight, Ngannou forgot that he was an immigrant, and thought everything came easy to him because God ordained him for greatness. He got arrogant and let the success get to his head. Fortunately for him, Miocic beat him to a pulp and brought him back down to earth.

 

Even though I haven’t had nearly the success Ngannou had, I often forget my immigrant roots and take the easy road because I’m at a point where that’s good enough to get by. I need a girl who’ll beat me like Miocic beat Ngannou and remind me where I came from anytime I forget.

 

Anyway, sorry for that weird aside you didn’t ask for.

Whoever wins this fight, this time it’ll be a true Immigrant vs Immigrant clash which should be a treat for fans around the world.
Analysis and Predictions from us, other experts from around the internet, and our Sports Betting Algorithm below – Check it out.

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Stipe Miocic thinking about what's for dinner.

UFC 260 picks and analysis:

 

Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou for the Heavyweight Championship

 

As most people know, this is a rematch of a 2018 fight that Miocic won by decision. According to Francis and many people around him, Ngannou was a major asshole leading up to that fight. He was riding a 10 fight winning streak with a crazy 100% finish rate. He didn’t take feedback and thought he was untouchable.

 

This is a guy who was literally homeless in the middle of a dessert just a few years ago, and now he’s doing TV appearances in the United States and getting paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight for a UFC heavyweight title. So of course the success got to his head. And Kudos to Francis for not overdosing on drugs or Jon Jonesing his life. If I was in his shoes I would have died of dehydration from sleeping with too many American women before I even made it into the cage to fight Stipe Miocic. But it seems like the first Miocic fight humbled him, and he’s taken all the right steps to win the rematch.

 

We also have to remember that Francis is a relatively new fighter, especially when it comes to grappling.  Even though Miocic was clearly the better grappler in their first fight, Ngannou held his own, and I think he’ll close that gap even more in the rematch. Cardio also didn’t seem to be a big issue even though he was pressured by Miocic throughout the entire fight.

 

And finally we have wear and tear. Stipe is now in his late 30s, which is when fighters usually start slowing down. He’s also had 3 wars with Daniel Cormier since his first fight with Ngannou, where Ngannou has probably absorbed less than 10 hard shots in the same amount of time.

 

My Prediction: Francis Ngannou by Decision

What the others are saying: TBD. We’ll update this as other media organizations start to make their predictions.

Note: Ngannou’s currently the favorite, but his odds are improving as time goes on. His current odds at around -120 are reasonable, but I would monitor them to see if they get even better before placing a bet.

 

Tyron Woodley vs Vicente Luque

I might regret saying this, but I’m picking Tyron Woodley. I bet on Woodley in his last 3 fights, and he’s lost me money all 3 times. I would take my Ls if Woodley did his best to win and just got out classed or knocked out cold. But the guy didn’t even try. 

 

I’m banking on Luque to force Woodley into trying by putting the pressure on him, but won’t be surprised if he takes the safe route and freezes Woodley by picking his shots from the outside.

 

My Prediction: Woodley by TKO

What the others are saying: TBD. We’ll update this as other media organizations start to make their predictions.

Note: Tyron Woodley is a huge underdog right now. My guess is that the odds will be a lot closer as the fight nears, so I’ll probably place a bet sooner rather than later.

 

Sean O’Malley vs Thomas Almeida

This is a showcase fight for O’Malley to get him back on track while avoiding the criticism that comes with giving him a no-name-can to beat. 

 

My Prediction: O’Malley by TKO

What the others are saying: TBD. We’ll update this as other media organizations start to make their predictions.

Note: I would bet on this fight as soon as possible, before the casuals come in and inflate the odds even more. O’Malley’s currently around -300, which is not horrible.

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