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UFC 270: Ngannou vs Gane Fight Predictions

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UFC 270 Ngannou vs Gane

The UFC is back, and on 22nd January, the heavyweight title will be on the line. The headliner for UFC 270 is definitely the fight between Francis Ngannou ‘The Predator’ and Ciryl Gane ‘Bon Gamin’. It will be a unification bout where full champ Ngannou will defend his title against interim champ Gane.

The venue for the match will be the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, and it will be a pay-pay-view event. Predictions on who’ll likely be the winner have already come up, and if the odds from UFC betting sites are anything to go by, then Ngannou comes across as a slight underdog. It’s not everybody who shares those sentiments, though. Tai Tuivasa, a pro mixed martial artist, believes that it will be a 50-50 match, and there are no favorites—anyone can win.

UFC 270: What’s At Stake?

For Ngannou, this particular event dictates his future in the UFC. The heavyweight champion expressed his dissatisfaction with his current deal, saying he won’t fight for $500,000 or $600,00 anymore, and added that he wouldn’t fight under the contract.
What makes this fight most important are the two outcomes it might have. If Ngannou loses to Gane, he can have free agency talks outside the UFC. If he wins and retains his heavyweight title, then the champion’s clause in the contract will still apply, and he’ll have to stick to the contract for one year or three fights.

Ngannou and Gane’s History
Another thing that makes this fight interesting is that Ngannou and Gane were former teammates. The two trained together at the MMA Factory Gym but will square it off on 22nd January.

Talking to Daniel Cormier, a former UFC champ, Ngannou said that he knew one day he’d have to fight against Gane and that Gane is very talented. Since the stakes are high for this event, we expect the two fighters to go all out.

Ngannou vs. Gane Predictions

You know that this event will be fun to watch right off the bat. Even without going deep into stats, these two have a reputation as winners. Who to put your money on might be the big question. However, if you look at the stats, they can give you a rough idea of the fighting style of the two champs, and you can be the judge.

Quick Stats:
Ngannou: Record (16-3-0), TKO/KO (76%), Sub (24%) and Dec (0%)
Gane: Record (10-0-0), TKO/KO (36%), Sub (27%) and Dec (36%)

From the stats from both fighters, Ngannou’s KO punches are something Gane needs to watch out for. All Ngannou needs is to land one KO punch, and the victor will be decided. However, it won’t be easy as Gane is a technical fighter who’s good at dodging.

Tai Tuivasa thinks that Gane might have a chance if he plays for points and maintains some distance between him and Ngannou. It’s a hard one to call for this match, and we’ll just have to wait for the D-day to know who will be the heavyweight champion.

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is the former play-by-play announcer for the XFO and other organizations, and he has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided, and more.

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