UFC 270 Packs Heavyweight Punch
Two belts are on the line at UFC 270. Topping the bill: the heavyweight bout pitting champion Francis Ngannou against interim champ Ciryl Gane.
UFC 270 is the first pay-per-view fight of the season, and it might actually be worth the recent price hike for UFC Fight Night (from $69.99 to $74.99). The main event: the heavyweight title fight between champion Francis Ngannou and interim champ Ciryl Gane.
The Ngannou-Gane bout isn’t the only title up for grabs at UFC, coming Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. In the flyweight division, Brandon Moreno will defend his title when he takes on Deiveson Figueiredo.
UFC 270 Odds*
- Francis Ngannou -145 vs. Ciryl Gane +120
- Brandon Moreno -175 vs. Deiveson Figueiredo +120
- Michel Pereira -350 vs. Andre Fialho +260
- Greg Hardy vs. Aleksei Oleinik Off the Board
- Kay Hansen -275 vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius +220
- Trevin Giles +125 vs. Michael Morales -150
- Tony Gravely -275 vs. Saimon Oliveira +210
- Cody Stamann +180 vs. Said Nurmagomedov -225
- Raoni Barcelos -450 vs. Victory Henry +333
- Matt Frevola -200 vs. Genaro Valdez +165
- Rodolfo Vieira -300 vs. Wellington Turman +240
- Silvana Gomez Juarez +120 vs. Vanessa Demopoulos -145
- Charles Jourdain +400 vs. Ilia Topuria -550
*Odds courtesy of BetMGM, subject to change
In addition to the two title fights, the undercard has some strong bouts as well. Michel Pereira (-310) vs. Andre Fialho in the welterweight division, a heavyweight contest between Greg Hardy (-165) and Sergei Spivac, and Cody Stamann (+170) vs. Said Nurmagomedov in the bantamweight division.
We take a look at those fights and predict who will prevail on Saturday night.
Gane Favorite for Heavyweight Title
Ngannou, currently at -145, is undefeated in his last five fights. The impressive thing about “The Predator” is that only one of those five bouts went past the first round. Of 16 victories by Ngannou, 12 have been by knockout. But past that first round, he could run into trouble. His conditioning and stamina have been questioned, though he’s shown more poise in recent efforts.
Gane, on the other hand, is the more complete fighter. He’s won by knockout, submission and decision. He hasn’t lost a fight in his UFC career, going 10-0. Another advantage for him is that Ngannou is his former training partner. If anyone respects his opponent’s power, it’s Gane.
“Bon Gamin” has multiple ways he can win this fight, while Ngannou really only has one. If Gane can avoid the knockout punch, he should win.
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Moreno-Figueiredo Hope Third Time’s the Charm
Deiveson Figueiredo has faced Brandon Moreno twice before, but remains winless against the flyweight champion. The first contest was a draw, while Moreno got a submission in the third round of the rematch.
Figueiredo is understandably the underdog, fetching +120 odds at BetMGM, while Moreno is at -175. That doesn’t mean Figueiredo should be disregarded in this bout, despite coming in with two current defeats for the first time in his career.
If Figueiredo is going to win, though, he has to get past two obstacles. The first is avoiding Moreno’s superior striking, which could yield a knockout if he isn’t careful. The second might be much more difficult. Figueiredo is 34, and Moreno is six years younger. While Figueiredo isn’t washed up, he’ll be facing a younger, faster, stronger Moreno. And that difference might be too much to overcome.
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Pereira Peaking at the Right Time
If Andre Fialho could pick his UFC welterweight debut, it probably wouldn’t be against Michel Pereira. But Fialho said yes, and on short notice, taking the bout two weeks ago. His late entry shouldn’t be an issue, since he’s been training at a UFC facility.
Confidence won’t be a problem either. Fialho won his last four fights by knockout, and 11 of his 14 victories have been by KO. Pereira should be able to withstand any punching flurries, and will mix strikes with attempted takedowns. He’ll add devastating kicking attacks as well.
While Fialho is a formidable foe, he comes in at +260, while Pereira is at -350. This should go to a decision, but Fialho could find himself on the wrong end of a knockout or submission.
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Don’t Miss UFC 270
When: Saturday, January 22. Early prelims begin at 6 p.m. ET, followed by prelims at 8 p.m. and the main card at 10 p.m.
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Watch: ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass
- Poliana Botelho vs. Ji Yeon Kim (women’s flyweight)
- Matt Frevola vs. Genaro Valdez (lightweight)
- Trevin Giles vs. Michael Morales (welterweight)
- Kay Hansen vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius (women’s flyweight)
- Rodolfo Vieira vs. Wellington Turman (middleweight)
- Raoni Barcelos vs. Victor Henry (bantamweight)
- Tony Gravely vs. Saimon Oliveira (bantamweight)
- Warlley Alves vs. Jack Della (welterweight)
- Francis Ngannou (C) vs. Ciryl Gane (IC) (heavyweight title)
- Brandon Moreno (C) vs. Deiveson Figueiredo (flyweight title)
- Movsar Evloev vs. Ilia Topuria (featherweight)
- Greg Hardy vs. Aleksei Oleinik (heavyweight)
- Cody Stamann vs. Said Nurmagomedov (bantamweight)
- Viviane Araujo vs. Alexa Grasso (women’s flyweight)