BREAKING: Francis Ngannou Finally Gets a Fight- Will Main Event for Heavyweight Title at UFC 270

Published 10/06/2021, 12:51 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon reacts after his victory over Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


The heavyweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Francis Ngannou gained the heavyweight gold after defeating Stipe Miocic at UFC 260.

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However, the Cameroonian fighter hasn’t entered the octagon since his last UFC fight. He would have fought against the former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in a title bout. However, the fight didn’t happen due to official reasons.

‘The Predator’ has been waiting for a viable opponent since then. However, it looks like the wait is over for the heavyweight champion now, as he will defend his heavyweight gold in January 2022.

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Ciryl Gane, who is fresh from his recent win over Derrick Lewis, became the first-ever UFC interim heavyweight champion. He will unify his interim belt with Francis Ngannou at UFC 270, per La Seur.

Although several people believe ‘The Predator’ should successfully defend his title against Gane, The Frenchman can offer a tough fight. Here is a preview of the most awaited heavyweight fight.

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Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane – Clash of the Heavyweights

‘The Predator’ is one of the most prominent names in the heavyweight division of the UFC. The 16-3 record holder is a skilled finisher with twelve knockout wins and four submission wins under his name. He is undefeated since 2018 and is currently on a five-fight win streak.

Meanwhile, Ciryl Gane has been unstoppable in the heavyweight division since his debut in the promotion. He has four knockouts and three submission wins on his resume. He has outclassed many big names in the heavyweight roster of UFC. That said, both the heavyweights seem to have a decent finishing skills.

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However, the Frenchman is a defensive fighter with a 100% takedown defense. But Ngannou is a more experienced fighter and had previously fought fighters with the same caliber as Gane. Ciryl has a 57% striking accuracy. He will have to find an early finish in the fight.

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Ngannou might secure a decision win if the bout goes beyond three rounds, considering his experience and previous fights in the promotion. However, Gane lands 5.37 strikes per minute, which will give the Cameroonian a tough time inside the cage. All in all, it is going to be a tough fight and hard to predict, as both the fighters are some of the best in the division.

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It will excite the combat fans to see whose hand gets raised at the end of the fight. What are your thoughts on Francis Ngannou’s first title defense? Let us know in the comments below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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