The UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou, is the underdog in his bout against interim champion Ciryl Gane. On paper, Gane has the edge in terms of raw athleticism. However, betting experts say that Ngannou’s strength will be the deciding element in the bout. If he does win, you know he will win by KO. Francis Ngannou will battle Ciryl Gane in the main event of UFC 270 on January 22nd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The main program will begin at 10:00 p.m. ET/3:00 a.m. GMT, with the main event walk to the Octagon scheduled for 12:15 a.m. ET/5:15 a.m. BST the following day. The length of the undercard fights, like with the UFC fight cards, may have an effect on these starting times. This is the most anticipated fight of the 2022 UFC matches to come, as heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou will defend his title for the first time, against Gane who won the interim title in August last year.
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In March, Francis Ngannou achieved his goal after beating Stipe Miocic with a dramatic finish at UFC 260. Ngannou now seems to have the whole globe at his fingertips. He’s the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Mike Tyson if you will. If you add in his journey to the UFC, you’ll have a megastar on your hands in no time. That being said, Ngannou has had a tumultuous connection with the UFC in the past.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) wanted a bout between Ngannou and Derrick Lewis at UFC 265 in early August. While Ngannou had just returned from an African tour that included a stop in his home country Cameroon, he needed a little more time to prepare for the event. The UFC, however, refused to comply with Ngannou’s request instead of scheduling Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane as the interim championship bout.
Ngannou was enraged, feeling as though he had been humiliated, mainly because he had just won the championship and felt that he deserved more time to celebrate. Gane defeated Lewis via technical knockout in the third round, capturing the provisional championship for the United States. The main event of UFC 270, which takes place on Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, will be a championship rematch between Anderson Silva and Francis Ngannou.
Contract discussions have come to a halt due to mudslinging between UFC president Dana White and Ngannou in tandem with his legal team. Ngannou is now in the midst of his eighth and final bout in his eight-fight deal. Ngannou will have the option to exercise the champion’s clause in his contract after his victory at UFC 270, which means Ngannou will be under contract for three bouts or one year, whichever comes first, according to the rules of the deal. A new agreement must be reached that includes the possibility of engaging in a boxing battle, and Ngannou has said that he will not fight unless and until such an agreement is reached.
Gane has made an impact on the UFC since entering in August of this year. Six of his victories have been within striking distance, giving him an unblemished 7-0 record in the competition.
Ngannou and Gane have a long history of collaboration. They even trained together for a short time at the MMA Factory in France. When Ngannou left the gym in 2018, it was acrimonious, and there has been a lot of animosity between the two since then. Everything came to a head at UFC 268. Gane and his team were in the backstage area, ready to meet Ngannou as he entered the arena. He strode right past Gane, without even bothering to look him in the eyes.
Who Will Win?
Ngannou can knock opponents out with a single punch, while Gane is a talented attacker who is tough to hit. Gane has only been touched a few times in the UFC, but Ngannou only needs one punch to win. Gane will need to be on his game when it comes to protecting himself and avoiding getting countered since Ngannou is a strong counter-attacker and defender. One mistake might cost him the battle, as Ngannou can capitalize on any errors, and it only takes one of his considerable blows to end a fight. As of now, it’s anyone’s game, as Gane has proven that he has his dodging under control, while Ngannou has already shown his brutality. This is a game for every man, and it’s a battle you don’t want to miss!