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UFC 270: Ngannou v. Gane – the heavyweight match you can’t miss

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Any one thing can happen when two professional fighters raise their gloves in the octad. Even so when you have two UFC champions going head to head, the stakes are paradoxically higher. The main event of UFC 270 will feature Francis “The Predator” Ngannou and Ciryl “Bon Gamin” Gane struggling it out for the undoubted heavyweight title.

Brandon “The Assassin Baby” Moreno and Deiveson “God of War” Figueiredo 3 will as well face each other in a flyweight bout at UFC 270. This will be the first title defense for Moreno since he yielded Figueiredo for the belt in a major upset at UFC 263.

Israel Adesanya (right) connects with a punch on Marvin Vettori
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Top 5 middleweights Jared Cannonier and Derek Brunson will also battle at UFC 270 to see who’s next in line for the title shot.

Francis “The Predator” Ngannou and Ciryl “Bon Gamin” Gane
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UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is set to fight Ciryl Gane for the heavyweight title. This will be Ngannou’s first title defense since beating Stipe Miocic for the belt at UFC 260 in March. As the first Cameroon-born UFC champion, Ngannou has 12 first-round finishes and has gained a large following on social media for his frightening nature. He has a 100% finish rate with all of his wins coming by knockout or submission.

Francis Ngannou
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As the meantime heavyweight champion and erstwhile undefeated kickboxing champion, Ciryl Gane is undefeated in his pro career at 10-0 and just last summer beat Derrick Lewis at UFC 265 to win the acting heavyweight championship. He made his professional fighting first appearance in 2018 when he won the heavyweight championship in his first pro fight in the Canadian TKO Major League MMA.

Ciryl Gane
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Both emerging from Paris, France, Ngannou and Gane used to be training partners. However Ngannou has since left that gym and now trains mainly in Las Vegas.

Brandon “The Assassin Baby” Moreno (C) and Deiveson “God of War” Figueiredo 3
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UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno will go up against Deiveson Figueiredo 3 for the flyweight title at UFC 270. Being the first Mexico-born UFC champion, Moreno was named the 2021 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year and was dignified with the Fighting Spirit of the Year award. With a record of 19-5, he has 11 wins by submission.

Figueiredo is the erstwhile UFC flyweight champion and the 2020 Male Fighter of the Year. With a 20-2 record, 17 of Figueiredo’s wins are by knockout or submission. Following suffering his first submission loss at UFC’s Fight Night 148 in 2019, Figueiredo is considering UFC’s first two-time flyweight champion.

With Moreno and Figueiredo’s first fight at UFC 256 ending in a draw and winning Fight of the Year, this prizefight is sure to be a thriller.

 

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