The long awaited heavyweight bout is near as the current UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou will battle the Interim Champ Ciryl Gane in the main event of UFC 270. This title unification bout might be the greatest heavyweight fight in UFC history as predicted by experts and former champions. In this article, we will look at the background of this event, how it started, and what could be the possible outcome as we are finally headed into the fight week.
Francis Ngannou, the Cameroon born fighter, holds a record of 16 wins and 3 losses in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, 12 wins with a way of knock out. He is also holding a 5 fight win streak, all coming by the way of KO or Technical Knockout. Best of all, he is the current UFC Heavyweight Champion, and the hardest punch ever record holder.
On the other hand, Ciryl Gane, current interim HW champ, is a French Kickboxer who is undefeated in both Kickboxing and MMA having 13 and 10 wins in both sports respectively. He has two victories in UFC by the way of knock outs and two by submissions. Meanwhile, both these modern day gladiators are former team mates who trained under the guidance of Fernand Lopez.
UFC 270 Main Event Time & Card
The UFC 270 is scheduled to headline on January 22, 2022 in California. The show can be booked online in PPV and is available to watch on various TV Networks. Audience from India and Nepal can watch it live on the Ten Sports Networks, also known as Sony ESPN (rebranded). In India, the main-card will start on January 23 at 8:30 AM IST and 8:45 AM on Nepal Kathmandu Time.
The event will also feature 5 fights on the early prelims, two fights on the preliminary card, and four matches on the ppv main-card. The co-main event will be the clash of Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo for the flyweight championship of the world. The early prelims will have the following mega fights:
- Kay Hansen vs Jasmine Jasudavicius
- Matt Frevola vs Genaro Valdez
- Silvana Gomez Juarez vs Vanessa Demopoulos
- Trevin Giles vs Michael Morales
- Tony Gravely vs Saimon Oliveira
Similarly, the prelims will feature these two bouts:
- Raoni Barcelos vs Victor Henry
- Rodolfo Vieira vs Wellington Turman
Now, the main event will showcase these exciting mega fights:
- Cody Stamann vs Said Nurmagomedov
- Michel Pereira vs André Fialho
- Brandon Moreno vs Deiveson Figueiredo (Co-main) – Flyweight Championship
- Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane (Main Event) – Heavyweight Championship
On March 27, 2021, Francis Ngannou won the UFC Heavyweight Champion in a rematch against the former champion, the greatest of all time, Stipe Miocic. He then travelled back to his country to celebrate with his people and do some business. Due to undisclosed reasons, Dana White, the UFC President, announced that they will now have an interim title fight between the former teammate of Francis Ngannou, Ciryl Gane versus the black beast Derrick Lewis.
Ciryl won the match in a devastating fashion beating the homeboy Derrick Lewis by TKO in his own city of Texas, US. He displayed savage skills and proved to be the legit threat by dismantling the knock out artist Lewis, who holds the record for the highest knockouts in UFC history. During the match with Derrick, Gane showed his excellent agility and movement speed that made him look like a 150 pounder despite being a 240+ in the division. The way he beat Black Beast, people started assuming that Ciryl will become the next undisputed HW champion.
Now, here’s the problem, he is fighting against Francis Ngannou this week, who is not just a KO artist like Derrick but also technically efficient. He showed the improvements during the Stipe Miocic rematch when he won the championship last year. However, he previously lost to Derrick, making people belive that Ciryl is going to take over this match. The leaked footage of Gane and Ngannou added more fuel to the fire where Ciryl is found getting the upper hand. We are just days away to find out what really happens and who’s going to emerge on top as the baddest man on the planet by winning the UFC Heavyweight Gold.
UFC 270 Predictions for Main Event
As of this writing, Joe Rogan, the UFC commentator, journalist, and announcer, one of the best in the industry, has stated in a podcast that it is really tough task to dictate the outcome of this mega-fight. He complimented the physical specimen of Francis Ngannou and the amount of ridiculous power that he has in his arsenal. But he questioned about the movement because Ciryl is more physically agile and faster.
Rogan declared Gane as the best moving heavyweight that he has ever seen, how he understands the game and executes everything flawlessly. So, according to Joe, if Francis can find a way to slow down his opponent in a way that Derrick could not discover, he has chances of winning. But it seems with his comments that he belives Ciryl is going to win if he’s able to avoid that big power shot, that could send him to the world where time doesn’t exists.
On the other hand, Tapology is a public forum where combat sports fan can submit their predictions and discuss the fight. Out of almost 1200 community predictions, 61% voted on the favor of Ciryl Gane winning whereas 39% voted that Ngannou will win. So, at this stage, Francis is clearly an underdog for the UFC and Fighting community. Similarly, the betting odds for Ciryl Gane is -150 and Francis Ngannou +130 in Draft Kings, whereas BetMGM gives +120 to Ngannou and -145 to Gane.
So, what do you think about this? Who will win the mega fight between Cirl Gane and Francis Ngannou at UFC 270? Tell us your predictions in the comments below. (See ya) 🙂