UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane Main Card Betting Odds and Preview
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns in 2022 with a big bang, as UFC 270 will feature a behemoth of a main event battle between heavyweight titleholders Francis Ngannou and Cyril Gane. The former looks to prove that he’s indeed the undisputed champion of the weight class, whereas the latter aims to usurp the reigning king of heavyweights as the rather abruptly crowned interim champ.
Read on for our odds and preview for the main card of UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane below. And for all the latest news and updates in and out of the Octagon, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.
UFC 269: Ngannou vs. Gane Betting Odds and Preview
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
When: Saturday, January 22, 2022, 10:00 PM ET
Where to watch: ESPN+
Main Event: Heavyweight Title Bout
Francis Ngannou (+130) vs. Cyril Gane (-152)
Reigning UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou isn’t very thrilled about the UFC’s decision to stir up drama in his ranks by holding an interim title bout so suddenly after he had just defeated Stipe Miocic for the title in March of last year. The fact that Cyril Gane received a lot more hype than he probably deserves, at least in Ngannou’s eyes, puts quite a damper on Ngannou’s torrid five-fight winning streak; four of them earning “The Predator” Performance of the Night bonuses.
On the other hand, Gane has indeed displayed his immense potential leading up to Saturday’s main event. The 31-year-old French fighter is undefeated throughout his 10 professional fights (7-0 in the UFC), and he was the one who spoiled the UFC’s plans to possibly vault Derrick Lewis in title contention during their fight held in Lewis’ hometown of Houston in UFC 265 last August.
Co-Main Event: Flyweight Title Bout
Brandon Moreno (-182) vs. Deiveson Figueiredo (+155)
The Flyweight trilogy between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo comes to a head in Anaheim, as the incumbent champion looks to remain unbeaten against his enduring rival. Moreno’s draw in his first encounter against Figueiredo brings his total to two draws over his last seven fights. However, “Baby Assassin” won all five of those other bouts, including his title-clinching, third-round submission victory over Figueiredo last June.
It’s been a couple of bad breaks for the challenger, as Figueiredo seems to have met his match in Moreno. It doesn’t help that “Daico” has himself to blame for his recent misfortunes. He would’ve held the title much earlier in his career had he not missed weight in his first title fight against Joseph Benavidez, and it was his low blow that ended up being the one point he needed to beat Moreno in their first fight. Nevertheless, Figueiredo has a dazzling 20-2 record, which is quite superior to Moreno’s 19-5 lifetime mark; at least on paper.
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Michel Pereira (-286) vs. Andre Fiahlo (+230)
BJJ black belter Michel Pereira has turned into quite a force post-pandemic, as the 28-year-old has had a three-fight win streak since September 2020. “Demolidor” has shown great endurance of late, as his victories over Khaos Williams and Niko Price were decided unanimously after the final bell.
Filling in at the last minute as Pereira’s next challenger is Portuguese newcomer Andre Fiahlo, who could make an immediate impact in his Octagon debut. Under the guidance of respected training camp Sanford MMA, Fiahlo has developed into a well-rounded fighter with surprise potential. He’s on a four-fight win MMA streak to date, with each of his last three wins resulting in first-round stoppages.
Cody Stamann (+165) vs. Said Nurmagomedov (-196)
Back-to-back defeats for Cody Stamann may have the Grand Rapids native reconsider his decision in 2017 to move back from featherweight to bantamweight. Then again, one of those losses was Stamann dipping his toes back down into featherweight against Jimmie Rivera in July 2020.
It doesn’t get any easier for Stamann, as his next opponent is rising bantamweight talent Said Nurmagomedov. Although the 29-year-old Dagestani isn’t related to another coveted UFC fighter of the same name, Nurmagomedov is 14-2 in his professional career. He’s 8-1 over his last nine fights, with the only blip being a close defeat to Raoni Barcelos that went the distance back in December 2019.
Rodolfo Vieira (-208) vs. Wellington Turman (+175)
Another UFC fighter looking to boost his resumé in the Octagon is Rodolfo Vieira, who sports an 8-1 MMA record with seven of his eight wins by way of submission. The 32-year-old Brazilian fighting out of Orlando did tap out to Anthony Hernandez in his third UFC fight, but got back on the win column by choking out Dustin Stoltzfus last July.
Vieira’s arrival in the middleweight scene is not a good sign for fellow Brazilian Wellington Turman. Unlike Vieira, Turman’s stint in the UFC has gotten off to a rocky start. The 25-year-old product out of Curitiba is just 2-3 in the world’s top fight promotion. Even his most recent win over Sam Alvey last August can be criticized as that bout ended in a split decision that barely landed in favor of “The Prodigy”.
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