Francis Ngannou will defend his heavyweight title this weekend in a highly anticipated five-round contest against Ciryl Gane in the main event of UFC 270. Consequently, fight fans are highly excited for this mouth-watering heavyweight clash as these two fighters were training partners at one stage.
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Moreover, another reason for the excitement of fight fans is that this will be the first PPV of the year after a long break and we will also witness Ngannou defend his title for the first time after winning it against Stipe Miocic last year.
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On the other hand, the number one contender Ciryl Gane who is the interim heavyweight champion has impressed everyone after racking up an undefeated record of seven wins since his debut in the UFC in 2019.
Speaking more about this title bout, the heated rivalry between The Predator and Ciryl Gane’s head coach Fernand Lopez has caught the attention of many fight fans. But the hot topic before this event has been Francis Ngannou’s contract debacle with the UFC. With one fight left on the contract, it will be interesting to see whether the heavyweight champion will re-sign a contract after this big clash.
Moving forward from this contract issue of Ngannou, let us compare the height, weight and reach of the two heavyweights that will step inside the octagon this weekend at UFC 270.
Tale of the Tape: Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane
Francis Ngannou stands tall at 6ft 4 inches and has a reach of 84 inches. Meanwhile, Ciryl Gane stands tall at 6ft 4inches and has a reach of 81 inches. The Predator does not have any height advantage over the Frenchman but he has a reach advantage of 3 inches that could play a crucial role in this matchup.
The Cameroonian fighter weighed in at a whopping 263 pounds for his rematch against Stipe Miocic at UFC 260. However, he was a lot lighter in his fight against Rozsnstruik as he weighed in at 250 pounds. Although the Predator looks to have lost a bit of muscle mass for this title bout as per his recent images. Therefore it would be interesting to see Ngannou’s weight for this fight against Ciryl.
Ciryl Gane usually walks in around weighing 245-247 pounds for his fights so far. Owing to the fact, that he weighed in at 247 pounds for his interim title bout against Derrick Lewis at UFC 265. So one can expect Bon Gamin to not make any drastic changes in his weight ahead of this fight.
With that being said, this fight would be extremely exciting because both fighters have dominated the division for a while now. And the winner of this matchup would get the bragging rights as one of the best heavyweight fighters in the company. Who do you think gets his hand raised on January 22? Do let us know in the comments section.