UFC 260: Jamie Mullarkey vs Khama Worthy- Prediction and Analysis

Published 03/26/2021, 1:48 AM EDT
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 17: (R-L) Khama Worthy celebrates his TKO victory over Devonte Smith in their lightweight bout during the UFC 241 event at the Honda Center on August 17, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The main card opener for UFC 260 sees lightweights Jamie Mullarkey and Khama Worthy duke it out. Fans have circled in the contest as a ‘Fight of the Night’ contender, given that it will probably be a stand-up battle. Chiefly, there’s hype surrounding the card as there are several match-ups similar to the one above that deliver on action.

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The lightweight division is as exciting as ever with the recent news of a new champion set to be crowned. The divisional contenders are jockeying for pole position, and it’s critical that they will stay active to remain in the mix. While Mullarkey and Worthy are out of the immediate contention ranks, a statement win will be a step in the right direction.

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UFC 260: Jamie Mullarkey vs Khama Worthy

Mullarkey is on a two-fight skid with both losses coming in his two UFC fights thus far. Prior to the skid, he was racking up impressive wins, but has clearly struggled against elite competition. Khama Worthy is not an opponent to mess around with, and he’ll have to stay on his toes. The 12-4 fighter hasn’t been stopped since 2016 and will want to keep that going.

While Khama Worthy is known for his explosive power, Jamie Mullarkey knows when to pull the trigger. Not to mention, he’s got a well-rounded defensive game and will be confident if he makes it out of round 2. If the fight goes the distance, the Australian fighter will heavily favor his chances.

‘The Deathstar’ is coming off a first-round TKO loss to Ottman Azaitar in his last fight back in September. Prior to the defeat, he was on a seven-fight win streak that included several KO/TKO and submission finishes. While he’s known for his fearsome hands, Worthy has a criminally underrated ground game.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Ottman Azaitar of Germany punches Khama Worthy in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

His size and strength have put him in a position wherein the finish is oftentimes round the corner with a proper game plan. However, he must remain defensively responsible, and becoming overzealous could easily lead to another crushing loss. ‘The Deathstar’ is looming over the Apex Facility and he’s expected to deliver a devastating blow on Saturday night.

Prediction: Khama Worthy to claim a second-round TKO win

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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