Francis Ngannou will defend his heavyweight title this weekend against Ciryl Gane in a highly anticipated five-round fight in the main event of UFC 270. Consequently, there is a lot of excitement among fight fans as this event will be the first PPV of the year for the UFC.
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There will be a lot of eyes on this mouth-watering clash as these two heavyweights were sparring partners at one stage. However, The Predator left Fernand Lopez’s guidance and MMA Factory in 2018 and went his separate way. Meanwhile, Bon Gamin is still training under the guidance of Lopez.
As we build-up to this fight, another reason why fans are intrigued is due to the contract situation of Ngannou. With one fight left on the contract, the heavyweight champion’s dispute with the UFC has grabbed a lot of attention on social media. As of now, The Predator would like to first handle business against Ciryl Gane before making any decision.
Moving forward let us compare the stats of the two heavyweights that will feature in the main event of UFC 270.
UFC 270: Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane Stats
|Stats||Francis Ngannou||Ciryl Gane|
|Height||6 ft 4 in||6 ft 4 in|
|Reach||83 in||81 in|
|Team||Extreme Couture||MMA Factory|
UFC 270: Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane Fight Breakdown and Prediction
After losing against Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis in 2018 respectively, Francis Ngannou has made an incredible comeback by winning all five of his next fights. What’s more impressive is the fact that all five of those wins from The Predator have been via KO/TKO.
On the other hand, Ciryl Gane has completely dominated any competition put in front of him so far. The French fighter has outclassed everyone with his speed and agility and is undefeated in the UFC.
Be it in his striking or his grappling, Bon Gamin is extremely well rounded in both aspects of the game and can switch accordingly. With that being said it is extremely difficult to say with surety about who will win this fight.
Owing to the fact that Ngannou can swing the outcome to his favour with his one-punch knockout power as he has done in the past. However, If this fight prolongs past the third round then one can expect Ciryl Gane to come out on top due to his cardio and accurate striking.
The key for Bon Gamin to win this fight would be to keep distance and not allow Francis to get close and exchange. Whereas Ngannou has to pick his moments, be aggressive and try to finish the fight early. Because Gane can tire him out in the championship rounds and emerge victoriously.
Besides, Ciryl Gane could also adopt a similar game plan as he did for his last fight against Derrick Lewis. He mixed his striking with leg kicks and jabs which put The Black Beast on the backfoot throughout the fight. In the end, one can expect Gane to get his hands raised at UFC 270 due to his superior agility.
UFC 270: Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane Prediction: Ciryl Gane wins via KO/TKO