Ngannou, Gane Face Off In UFC 270 Clash Of Titans

Written By Gage Miskimen on January 19, 2022 - Last Updated on July 6, 2023
UFC 270

The first UFC pay-per-view of the year takes place this Saturday with a clash of titans headlining the card. UFC 270 will feature two title fights from the heaviest and lightest men’s divisions the UFC has to offer.

UFC 270 Main Event: Ngannou vs Gane

Heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) will attempt to defend his title for the first time against interim champion Ciryl Gane (10-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) as the card’s main event in Anaheim, CA, at the Honda Center.

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How to watch UFC 270

  • What: UFC 270
  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 22
  • Times: 7 p.m. for the prelims, 9 p.m. for main card
  • Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
  • TV: Main card on PPV, prelims on ESPN+

Ngannou, originally from Cameroon, was once sparring partners with France’s Gane when the two both trained in the European country before Ngannou made his way to the United States.

The current heavyweight champion also has the world record for hardest punch since testing it at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas in 2017.

UFC President Dana White previously talked about Ngannou’s power leading up to his first title shot against former champ Stipe Miocic back at UFC 220. White told reporters:

“His punch is the equivalent to 96 horsepower, which is equal to getting hit by a Ford Escort going as fast as it can. It’s more powerful than a 12-pound sledgehammer swung full force from overhead.”

Ngannou has used his power to quickly finish many of the heavyweight division’s top contenders and former champions including first-round victories over Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, Curtis Blaydes, Alistair Overeem and Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

His only two losses came from Derrick Lewis and Stipe Miocic in their first title fight.

Gane, an undefeated muay thai fighter, has kept that performance up throughout his UFC career so far. He won the interim belt against Derrick Lewis and also has wins over Junior Dos Santos and Alexander Volkov. He has amassed his wins through technical striking that includes precision muay thai elbows and knees.

UFC 270 Ngannou vs. Gane odds

In this matchup, a win for Ngannou still brings uncertainty to the future of his career. Issues between his management team and the UFC could mean he won’t renew his contract after Saturday. Boxing heavyweight champ Tyson Fury has also shown interest in a boxing match with Ngannou as well.

Regardless of who wins on Saturday night, the winner could be seeing a matchup against former UFC Light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones as he is still looking to make his heavyweight debut, which will most likely be an automatic title shot.

Former champ Miocic and top contenders Lewis and Tai Tuivasa will be looking for their shots at the belt in 2022 as well if Jones isn’t ready to fight in the first half of the year. Lewis and Tuivasa face off next month at UFC 271 and the outcome of that bout could have implications for the future of the division.

Main event tale of the tape

Francis Ngannou

  • Age: 35
  • Height: 6’4’’
  • Weight: 263 lbs
  • Reach: 83 inches
  • Last five fights:
    • Stipe Miocic: KO (W)
    • Jairzinho Rozenstruik: KO (W)
    • Junior Dos Santos: TKO (W)
    • Cain Velasquez: KO (W)
    • Curtis Blaydes: TKO (W)

Ciryl Gane

  • Age: 31
  • Height: 6’4’’
  • Weight: 247 lbs
  • Reach: 81 inches
  • Last five fights:
    • Derrick Lewis: TKO (W)
    • Alexander Volkov: Dec. (W)
    • Jairzinho Rozenstruik: Dec. (W)
    • Junior Dos Santos: TKO (W)
    • Tanner Boser: Dec. (W)

Co-Main Event: Moreno vs. Figueiredo 3

The co-main event on Saturday night will feature two fighters from the other side of the scale.

Fan-favorite fighter and the UFC’s first Mexican-born champion Brandon Moreno (19-5-2 MMA, 6-2-2 UFC) will be looking to defend his flyweight belt in another rematch against former champ and Brazilian Deiveson Figueiredo (20-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC)

Moreno won in their second bout by submission, winning the flyweight strap in June 2021 at UFC 263. Their first matchup ended in a majority draw at UFC 256 in December 2020.

With a Figueiredo victory Saturday, it wouldn’t be out of the question to eventually have a fourth fight between the two. To this day, no two fighters have met for a fourth match in UFC history but that could soon change with these two flyweights — or a fourth match between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.

If Moreno successfully defends, he could be seeing a rematch with Askar Askarov. The last time they fought ended in a draw. Askarov, with zero losses on his record, has been looking for a chance to fight for the flyweight belt and has had to be patient during the Moreno/Figueiredo trilogy.

Moreno has come a long way since beginning his second stint in the UFC. The flyweight champion was dropped from the roster after back-to-back losses in 2017-18. After winning the LFA Flyweight belt, he was welcomed back to the UFC and hasn’t lost since with a 5-0-2 record.

The champ has notable wins over Figueiredo, Branon Royval, Kai Kara-France and Jussier Formiga.

Figuerido, who has 12 UFC fights since 2017, has many notable victories of his own including Joseph Benavidez, Alex Perez and Alexandre Pantoja.

Co-main event tale of the tape

Brandon Moreno

  • Age: 28
  • Height: 5’7’’
  • Weight: 125 lbs
  • Reach: 70 inches
  • Last five fights:
    • Deiveson Figueiredo: Sub. (W)
    • Deiveson Figueiredo: Draw
    • Brandon Royval: TKO (W)
    • Jussier Formiga: Dec. (W)
    • Kai Kara-France: Dec. (W)

Deiveson Figueiredo

  • Age: 34
  • Height: 5’5’’
  • Weight: 125 lbs
  • Reach: 68 inches
  • Last five fights:
    • Brandon Moreno: Sub. (L)
    • Brandon Moreno: Draw
    • Alex Perez: Sub. (W)
    • Joseph Benavidez: Sub. (W)
    • Joseph Benavidez: TKO (W)

UFC 270 Odds (Bouts subject to change)

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Main Card

  • Heavyweight: Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane
  • Flyweight: Brandon Moreno vs Deiveson Figueiredo

Welterweight: Michel Pereira vs Andre Fialho

Bantamweight: Cody Stamann vs Said Nurmagomedov


Middleweight: Rodolfo Vieira vs Wellington Turman

Bantamweight: Raoni Barcelos vs Victor Henry

Featherweight: Ilia Topuria vs Charles Jourdain

Welterweight: Jack Della Maddalena vs Pete Rodriguez

Bantamweight: Tony Gravely vs Saimon Oliveira

Welterweight: Trevin Giles vs Michael Morales

Strawweight: Silvana Gomez Juarez vs Vanessa Demopoulos

Lightweight: Matt Frevola vs Genaro Valdez

Flyweight: Kay Hansen vs Jasmine Jasudavicius



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Gage Miskimen is a journalist from Marion, Iowa, currently working at the Cedar Rapids Gazette. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 2019 and was editor of the award-winning Daily Iowan. He also previously worked for the Des Moines Register. Gage is a lifelong fan of combat sports and martial arts.

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