Francis Ngannou retained his UFC heavyweight championship with a unanimous resolution over Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 contained in the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday evening.
Read that sentence once more, as a result of Ngannou profitable by resolution wasn’t on anybody’s bingo card; it was the primary time in his profession that he gained a struggle on the judges’ scorecard. Neither was the concept that Ngannou must use his grappling to come back from behind and earn the victory.
But that is precisely what occurred when Ngannou discovered himself unable to land together with his vaunted energy. Gane spent the primary two rounds utilizing his fluid motion and technical ability to forestall the French-Cameroonian from detonating a bomb. It was revealed after the struggle that Ngannou tore his MCL and injured his ACL in coaching, which led to his motion being compromised and his explosiveness being restricted.
With Gane chipping away, the champion altered his technique and shot in for takedowns in Round 3. He secured the primary one with a slam and spent the remainder of the spherical in management. Gane was clearly stunned by the change in technique as he discovered himself taken down for the primary time in his MMA profession. Ngannou put Gane on his again once more within the fourth spherical and showcased much-improved grappling as he saved his former coaching associate from escaping.
The fifth spherical was a unique story. Gane took Ngannou down and seemed to be in management. But then he made an error in judgment; he went after a leg lock, which allowed Ngannou to brush and acquire high management. Gane would by no means make it again to his ft.
All three judges noticed the struggle in Ngannou’s favor, with scores of 49-46, 48-47 and 48-47. The champion has his first title protection secured. It shall be attention-grabbing to see the place he goes from right here; his UFC contract is up and he has plans to attempt his hand at boxing.
Sporting News supplied dwell updates from Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane and your complete important card of UFC 270. Here’s the way it all went down (all instances Eastern):
UFC 270 dwell updates, highlights from Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane
Francis Ngannou def. Ciryl Gane through unanimous resolution to retain title (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)
Round 5 (1:05 a.m.): Ngannou lands a counter left. Short elbow by Gane. Hard proper hand by Gane lands. Gane picks the leg and takes Ngannou down. Ngannou sweeps!!! Gane assaults the leg however Ngannou snuffs that out. Massive mistake by Gane. Wait! Heel hook from Gane! Ngannou escapes and is on high. He’s mounted Gane! Ngannou isn’t doing a lot and there’s a minute left. It appears to be like like neither fighter is aware of what to do right here. These two are exhausted as this struggle involves an in depth. 10-9, Gane (48-47, Gane)
Round 4 (12:59 a.m.): Body kick from Gane. Leg kicks. Body punch lands for Ngannou. Jab from Gane. Spinning physique kick from Gane lands. Ngannou sort of walks by means of it however he’s laboring a bit. Body kick from Ngannou and he rushes in for an additional takedown. He will get it. Gane attempting to manage the arm. He will get to his ft and Ngannou takes him down once more. Ngannou controlling Gane. Ngannou lands a knee to the chest. They are nonetheless on the bottom. This isn’t what I used to be anticipating in any respect. 10-9, Ngannou (38-38)
Round 3 (12:52 a.m.): Ngannou misses a left hand. Gane feinting and Ngannou slips in and slams Gane to the canvas. He’s in aspect management. That’s the primary time Gane has been taken down. Gane offers up his again. He slithers again to his ft. Leg journey from Ngannou and Gane pops again up. Back within the clinch alongside the cage. Spinning elbow from Gane lands laborious. Ngannou swings and misses once more. Gane with a physique kick. Leg kick by Ngannou. Head kick from Gane and Ngannou takes him down. Gane goes for a kimura however will get nothing. Wow. 10-9, Ngannou (29-28, Gane)
Round 2 (12:46 a.m.): Ngannou appears to be like drained already. Gane with lots of motion. Body kick from Gane. Jab by Gane. Leg kicks. Ngannou not doing a lot of something. Body shot by Gane after which he comes excessive with a proper hand. Ngannou swings and misses and the wind strikes the gang. They clinch. Gane pushes him off. More physique kicks from Gane. Wheel kicks to the top by Gane lands.Ngannou simply can’t get into vary but. He’s flat. Still a risk however can’t get a learn on Gane. Short proper hand by Gane. Ngannou barely misses an uppercut. 10-9, Gane (20-18, Gane)
Round 1 (12:40 a.m.): Gane circling and goes in to clinch instantly. They are on the cage and break. Ngannou pressuring. Leg kicks by Gane. Ngannou clinches. Short elbow by Gane and a jab. Ngannou remains to be pressuring and lands a physique shot. Gane escapes the strain and pops the jab. Spinning physique kick lands for Gane. Short knee by Gane. Lots of motion. Another jab by Gane. Ngannou looking for his goal and developing brief. Ngannou clinches and on the lookout for a takedown. Knees to the physique from Gane. They break. Body kick from Gane. He’s making Ngannou work. 10-9, Gane
Deiveson Figueiredo choices Brandon Moreno for UFC flyweight title in a nailbiter
Result: Surprisingly, all three judges had the identical rating, 48-47 for Figueiredo. The struggle was anticipated to be shut, and it was. But the distinction was Figueiredo’s leg kicks and the knockdowns. Could we see these two in a fourth struggle after seeing simply how shut this one was?
Round 5 (12:10 a.m.): Takedown by Moreno with a double underhook. Figgy scrambles to his ft. Left hand by Figgy lands however he is very inactive to this point. Left hand by Moreno lands on Figgy’s chin. Right hand drops Moreno however Moreno pops again up. They swing and Moreno lands a pair of pictures. Figgy is enjoying with fireplace by not going for it. Not quite a bit occurring as we enter the ultimate minute. Right hand by Figgy lands and so they begin swinging wildly. Figgy lands a left hand they’re touchdown bombs and Figgy will get damage because the struggle involves an in depth. How do you rating this insanity? 10-9, Moreno (48-47, Moreno)
Round 4 (12:03 a.m.): Leg kicks from Figgy. Moreno has recovered from being dropped however Figgy has him reacting to every little thing he does. Combination by Figgy. More leg kicks. Moreno’s motion appears to be like compromised. Figgy switches to southpaw. Moreno sticking the jab. Figgy is shedding management of the struggle. Moreno sticks him with a jab and a proper hand. They are swinging wildly. Moreno will get a pair in and Figgy strikes again to the center of the Octagon. Round ends. Moreno, 10-9 (38-38)
Round 3 (11:58 p.m.): Figueiredo snatches Moreno and takes him down. Moreno will get to his ft and escapes. Left hand drops Moreno however he rolls again to his ft. Right hand by Moreno land. Moreno ROCKS Figgy. He’s damage. Jab from Figgy and a left-hand response by Moreno. Moreno’s punches are clearly doing extra injury. Leg kick from Figgy causes Moreno to go down briefly. Left hand by Moreno lands once more. The leg kicks from Figgy are piling up. They swing wildly however miss. They trade jabs. Moreno mixing up his strikes. Right hand by Figgy places him down! Guillotine! Saved by the bell. Whew. 10-9, Figueiredo (29-28, Figueiredo)
Round 2 (11:51 p.m.): Figueiredo on the lookout for the takedown however is unsuccessful. Moreno lands a left hand on a break. More leg kicks from Figgy. Right hand by Figgy lands. Moreno catches a kick and goes for a takedown. Wild scramble and so they pop again as much as their ft. More leg kicks by Figgy. Left hand by Moreno lands. Body shot by Moreno. Moreno brimming with confidence. Body pictures by Figgy and Moreno lands a left hand and pops the jab. Figgy lands a pair of laborious proper fingers. Moreno responds with a left and staggers Figgy. They trade hooks. Close spherical. 10-9, Moreno (19-19)
Round 1 (11:45 p.m.): Figueiredo leads with leg kicks however Moreno clinches instantly. They maintain place alongside the cage. They lastly separate. Hard leg kick by Figgy. Moreno lands a proper hand that buzzes him. Figueiredo geese beneath a punch and will get Moreno’s again. Moreno rolls out and they’re again to their ft. Moreno stuffs a takedown try. Spinning calf kick by Moreno. Front kick by Figgy. Close spherical. 10-9, Figueiredo
11:20 p.m.: After a tough first spherical, Michel Pereira made the correct changes and took the ultimate two rounds to show again the problem of Andre Fialho. It appeared within the opening body that an upset was attainable as Fialho stepped ahead and landed with energy pictures that bloodied Pereira’s nostril. But Pereira’s explosiveness arrived within the second spherical. The Brazilian blended up his punches and kicks whereas placing some steam on his pictures. The precision and selection proved to be problematic for Fialho because the pendulum swung in Pereira’s favor. Pereira was in management as the ultimate approached, however Fialho fought valiantly sufficient to get himself again within the Octagon quickly sufficient.
10:52 p.m.: Up subsequent is the always-exciting Michel Pereira, who’s seeking to choose up his fourth consecutive victory. He’ll tackle Andre Fialho in a welterweight showdown.
10:45 p.m.: Welp, he might not be Khabib, however Said Nurmagomedov will certainly be somebody to look at within the bantamweight division following his 47-second submission of Cody Stamman. A spinning backfist and a spinning physique kick by Nurmagomedov slowed Stamann. Stamann did not need any a part of the standup and sought a takedown. That was a horrible thought as Nurmagomedov swiftly sank in a guillotine to get the submission. Nasty.
10:35 p.m.: Up subsequent is Cody Stamman dealing with Said Nurmagomedov in bantamweight motion. Stamman hopes to get again into the win column after dropping choices to Jimmie Rivera and Merab Dvalishvili. He’s dealing with an opponent with the Nurmagomedov final title, however who is not associated to former light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Said is on the lookout for a second win in a row after stopping Mark Striegl in October 2020.
10:25 p.m.: Michael Morales made good on his UFC debut with a first-round TKO of Trevin Giles. Toward the tip of the spherical, Giles walked right into a proper hand that destroyed his equilibrium. Giles was in full survival mode, however Morales wasn’t going to let this chance slip away. He pounced on his wounded opponent with a barrage of strikes to get the end. The 22-year-old from Ecuador is now 13-0 in his MMA profession, with 10 of these wins coming by knockout. He may very well be an issue for the 170-pound division.
10:14 p.m.: We’re dwell for the primary card of UFC 270. Before we get to the 2 title fights, now we have three different bouts on the primary card, starting with Trevin Giles vs. Michael Morales in welterweight motion.
9:59 p.m.: In an thrilling standup affair, Victor Henry made his UFC debut an exhilarating one with a unanimous resolution victory over Raoni Barcelos. Henry took the struggle on brief discover and showcased distinctive hanging as he diced up Barcelos with a diverse assault.
9:15 p.m.: Welcome Jack Della Maddalena to the UFC, everybody. The Aussie placed on a boxing clinic, utilizing a blistering left hand and follow-up strikes to attain a first-round TKO of Pete Rodriguez. Della Maddalena used a stiff jab to bust up Rodriguez’s face in a matter of minutes. The jab finally led to a left cross, and Rodriguez had no probability after that. He collapsed to the canvas and ate a barrage of strikes. Della Maddalena shall be one to look at within the welterweight division.
9 p.m.: Tony Gravely put collectively a takedown clinic to beat Saimon Oliveira by unanimous resolution. Maybe Oliveira would have had an opportunity if he did not go for a guillotine each single time he was taken down, as a result of Gravely all the time escaped the sub try and managed his opponent on the mat. The 11 takedowns had been the explanation Gravely noticed 30-27 scorecards throughout the board. He is again within the win column after a TKO loss to Nate Maness final September.
8:37 p.m: After an absolute barnburner through which Matt Frevola dropped Genaro Valdez 5 instances within the first spherical earlier than ending the job, we’re shifting on to bantamweights Tony Gravely and Saimon Oliveira. They will attempt to sustain the momentum within the prelims.
When is UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane?
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 22
- Start time: 6:15 p.m. ET | 3:15 p.m. PT
- Main card (PPV): 10 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. PT
- Main occasion: Midnight ET | 9 p.m. PT (approx.)
UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane will happen Saturday, Jan. 22. The occasion will kick off at 6:15 p.m. ET with the prelims. The pay-per-view important card will start at 10 p.m. ET. Ngannou and Gane ought to enter the Octagon round midnight ET, relying on the size of the undercard bouts.
How to look at UFC 270: Ngannou v. Gane
- TV channels: ESPN, ESPN Deportes
- Live stream: ESPN+
The important card for UFC 270 is offered within the U.S. on the ESPN+ subscription streaming service for a pay-per-view price. That portion of the occasion begins at 10 p.m.
Earlier fights, nevertheless, are viewable dwell on ESPN, the WatchESPN app and, for the early prelims, on UFC Fight Pass.
In Canada, the primary card pay-per-view is offered on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
Gane vs. Ngannou value: How a lot does UFC 270 price?
- $74.99 (present ESPN+ subscribers)
- $99.98 (new subscribers)
In the U.S., the UFC 270 important card is offered through pay-per-view on ESPN+, which additionally requires a subscription. The PPV value for UFC 270 is $74.99 for present subscribers, a rise from $69.99. New subscribers will pay a bundle value of $99.98 (a rise from $89.98) for the UFC 270 pay-per-view and an ESPN+ annual subscription, which gives a financial savings of over 30 %.
|ESPN+ Monthly Subscription||$6.99/month|
|ESPN+ Annual Subscription||$69.99/yr|
|The Disney Bundle w/Hulu Ad-Supported||$19.99/month|
|The Disney Bundle w/Hulu No-Ads||$13.99/month|
|UFC PPV Standalone||$74.99 every|
|UFC PPV Package (UFC PPV & ESPN+ Annual)||$99.98, then $69.99/yr|
|UFC PPV & The Disney Bundle||$88.98, then $13.99/month|
UFC 270 struggle card
- Francis Ngannou def. Ciryl Gane through unanimous resolution to retain UFC heavyweight championship (49-46, 48-47, 48-47).
- Deiveson Figueiredo def. Brandon Moreno through unanimous resolution for the UFC flyweight championship (48-47, 48-47, 48-47).
- Michel Pereira def. Andre Fialho through unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
- Said Nurmagomedov def. Cody Stamann through 1st-round submission (guillotine choke) (:47).
- Michael Morales def. Trevin Giles through 1st-round TKO (strikes) (4:06).
- Victor Henry def. Raoni Barcelos through unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
- Jack Della Maddalena def. Pete Rodriguez through 1st-round TKO (strikes) (2:59).
- Tony Gravely def. Saimon Oliveira through unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
- Matt Frevola def. Genaro Valdez through 1st-round TKO (strikes) (3:15).
- Vanessa Demopoulos def. Silvana Gomez Juarez through 1st-round submission (armbar) (2:25).
- Jasmine Jasudavicius def. Kay Hansen through unanimous resolution (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
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