UFC heayweight champion Francis Ngannou steps into the octagon against interim champion Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Who will win this potential all-time-great fight in the heavyweight division? Looking for the best Ngannou vs Gane predictions? Read here our betting preview, find the best bets, highest odds and exclusive free bets.
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When is UFC 270?
UFC 270 is an upcoming MMA pay-per-view event from the Ultimate Fighting Championship promotion to take place on January 22, 2022.
The main event, of course, is scheduled to take place in the early hours of Sunday, January 23 for UK fans.
UFC 270 will not be a pay-per-view event in the UK and will instead be shown on BT Sport 1 with their coverage beginning at 1am GMT.
Date: Saturday, January 22
Location: Honda Center in Anaheim
The main card starts Jan. 23, 3 a.m. GMT.
The prelims start Jan, 23, 1 a.m. GMT.
The early prelims start Jan. 22, 11 p.m. GMT
Francis Ngannou v Ciryl Gane: Betting Preview
Francis Ngannou make his first title defense as heavyweight champ after beating Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 more than year ago. He has won his last 5 fights and no opponent has lasted more than two rounds. The champ has fought 13 times since joining the UFC roster with 11 of those being victories. All of his wins have come via finish thus far. His resume includes first-round finishes against big names like Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos, Curtis Blaydes, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, and Alistair Overeem. Ngannou has never won a decision in his MMA career. If the fight goes the distance, he loses.
Ciryl Gane is 7-0 in the UFC and 10-0 in his MMA career. He made his debut in August 2019 and has beaten top fighters such as Junior dos Santos, Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Alexander Volkov, before defeating Derrick Lewis at UFC 265 for the interim heavyweight title where he had a 98-16 edge in significant strikes. Gane is an elite technical striker who excelled in kickboxing and Muay Thai before entering MMA. He also boasts impressive grappling skills with three wins by submission.
This two fighter are completely different. Ngannou's power is renowned throughout the division, and his ability to put anyone to sleep at any point is fascinating. Lewis Gane has shown exceptional technique during his time in the UFC so far. He typically uses feints and aggressive footwork to push his opponent back.
Bookmaker William Hill is offering an interesting price boost on Ngannou to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification.
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Our Ngannou vs Gane Predictions
The biggest question surrounding Francis Ngannou is regarding his mindset as he could leave the promotion after this fight and possibly move to the bigger money of the boxing world. Gane’s biggest advantage in this fight will be his kicking game, but he knows that Ngannou only needs a single punch to KO every opponent. The champ has only spent a grand total of eight minutes and 38 seconds fighting in the octagon over the past 3+ years, so Gane will be cautious and avoid getting into a firefight. It's a coin toss, but we expect Francis Ngannou to win by KO/TKO.
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Full UFC 270 Fight Card
There are 14 fights across the evening in Anaheim, with the full fight card found below:
- Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane
- Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
- Michel Pereira Lima vs. Andre Fialho
- Sergey Spivak vs. Greg Hardy
- Cody Stamann vs. Said Nurmagomedov
- Rodolfo Viera vs. Wellington Turman
- Raoni Barcelos vs Victory Henry
- Movsar Evloev vs. Ilia Topuria
- Warlley Alves vs. Jack Della
- Tony Gravely vs Saimon Oliveira
- Michael Morales vs. Trevin Giles
- Silvana Juarez vs. Vanessa Demopoulos
- Matt Frevola vs. Genaro Valdez
- Kay Hansen vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius