The UFC heavyweight title is on the line in the main event, while the men’s flyweight belt will also be contested
In the main event, an undisputed heavyweight champion will be crowned as Francis Ngannou defends his belt against interim title holder Ciryl Gane. The opponents are former teammates, with the build-up to their clash tonight coloured by arguments over who had more success in their old sparring sessions. Ngannou is the most feared power-puncher in UFC history, the French-Cameroonian’s professional mixed martial arts record standing at 16-3 – while his UFC record is 11-2 since his debut in 2015, met 10 of those wins coming via knockout or TKO. Intussen, Frenchman Gane is undefeated at 10-0, having gone 3-0 in 2021 to claim the interim heavyweight title and establish himself as Ngannou’s first challenger.
In the co-main event in Anaheim, Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo will complete a trilogy of flyweight title fights. The rivals drew in their initial meeting in December 2020, allowing Figueiredo to hang onto the belt, before Mexican Moreno submitted the Brazilian last June to take the gold.
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UFC 270: Ngannou vs Gane preview
If Ngannou were to look in the mirror, he might just see an improbable green glint in the dark pools of his eyes.
Maybe he can already picture the dollars, stacked much higher than his 6ft 3in frame and much wider than those granite shoulders.
For it must be so enticing, the prospect of a crossover bout with the biggest name in boxing, especially for a phenomenon who is severely undervalued by his employers and who started fighting long before he set foot in a ring.
Growing up in poverty in Cameroon, Ngannou began working in sand quarries at the age of 10, later spending time in a Spanish jail after illegally crossing the border en route to Paris, where he eventually wound up homeless. Nothing can match the hunger Ngannou must have felt so often through those years, making his thirst for a super fight with Tyson Fury wholly understandable.
But Ngannou must beware the allure of a titanic clash with Fury, because key to such a contest is the French-Cameroonian’s status as UFC heavyweight champion – something Gane could well shred in the main event of UFC 270 this evening.
Full main event preview here:
Ngannou’s first title defence comes against a former teammate who represents a new breed of heavyweight and cannot be overlooked – no matter how enticing a boxing venture is
UFC 270: Gane interview
Thousands of mixed martial arts fans and analysts have pored over the footage – slowing it down, pausing, rewinding. Just how telling can it be, a short clip of Gane and Ngannou sparring one another?
For many observers, it will be decisive in their predictions for the main event of UFC 270 die naweek, when the two former teammates go head-to-head to unify the heavyweight championship of the world. In one corner will be Ngannou, the most feared puncher in UFC geskiedenis; in the other will be Gane, the undefeated ambassador of a new breed of MMA heavyweight.
The footage of Ngannou and Gane sparring one another showed the latter largely getting the upper hand, though of course Ngannou was not using the full force that he will bring to Anaheim this weekend. In elk geval, plenty of time has passed since the duo trained together.
“Since this time we’ve improved, that’s for sure, 100 persent,” Gane said this week in an interview with Die Onafhanklike and other publications. “At that time, the feeling was just, ‘I’m really lucky,’ because I’d just started my career in MMA and I could spar with a guy already in the top five.
“It’s going to be different this week, maar [training together] has helped me to have a little more confidence, yes.”
Read the full interview here:
Interview: The interim heavyweight champion is 10-0 as he enters a unification bout with his ex-teammate, who is considered the hardest hitter in UFC history
UFC 270: Ngannou interview
One of the biggest narratives heading into tonight’s main event between Ngannou and Gane is the former’s dream of boxing Tyson Fury, who recently called out the UFC heavyweight champion.
In an interview this week, Ngannou told Die Onafhanklike and other publications: “It very much excites me to fight Fury next. My dream since I was a kid was to become a boxer, but along the way I discovered MMA, which has been great for me. But it still hasn’t taken away that dream of boxing.”
Read the full interview here:
The Cameroonian defends his title against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 die naweek
UFC 270: Ngannou vs Gane
Welkom by Die Onafhanklike’s coverage of UFC 270!
The promotion’s first pay-per-view of the year has been hit by fight cancellations, but it is still set to be topped by two huge title fights.
In the main event, heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou makes the first defence of his belt, taking on interim champion and former teammate Ciryl Gane – who is undefeated at 10-0.
In the co-main event, Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo will complete their trilogy of flyweight title bouts. Figueiredo retained the gold in the rivals’ first meeting, in Desember 2020, as the contest ended as a draw, before Mexican Moreno submitted the Brazilian last June to claim the belt.
We’ll be providing live updates from both of those fights tonight, as well as the rest of the main card and prelims.