Publish Date: January 20, 2022
Fact checked by: David Genge
The first big UFC event of 2022 goes down this Saturday January 22nd in Anaheim, California as Francis Ngannou defends his heavyweight belt versus Ciryl Gane. This isn’t the only fight with a title on the line as the co-main sees Brandon Moreno look to defend his fly-weight title for the first time against a familiar foe in a trilogy vs. Deiveson Figueiredo. Before you place your bets on any of the UFC 270 fights make sure you’re getting the best odds with our UFC odds comparison tool. The tool allows you to see live odds on every fight and compare them across multiple sportsbooks easily.
Both of these giants of the fight game know each other well. In fact, they used to be training partners in Paris before Ngannou left for the U.S.. Since his departure bad blood has grown between the two camps and there’s now no love lost between these old friends.
Both men have dominated the heavyweight division with Gane undefeated in his seven UFC fights, and Ngannou winning his last five in a row. That however, is where similarities in these two fighters stop.
Ngannou is a phenomenon who only needs a single punch to finish a fight. This can be seen as four of his last five fights didn’t even make it into the second round while the fifth didn’t make it more than a minute into the second. All five were finished on KO’s by punches.
Gane is smart and technical fighter who can beat you multiple ways. Although he doesn’t have the power that Ngannou has, he’s smart and able to avoid putting himself in bad situations. Two of his last three fights went the distance and he won by unanimous decision.
Ngannou is in an unfamiliar position as an underdog in this fight. He’s being given +125 odds while Gane has -145. The structure of this fight shouldn’t be hard to figure out. Ngannou will come out of the gates swinging and look to get another first or second round knockout. If Gane can survive the early onslaught, he should be able to wear “The Predator” and win again in a decision.
Since December 2020 these two fighters have only faced each other. The first matchup was ruled a draw after five rounds, while the second belonged to Moreno after he was able to submit Figueiredo in the third round.
Moreno will once again look to use his superior grappling, but I really like Figueiredo if he can keep this fight on its feet. Moreno is the favorite here at -180, but I’d look to take the underdog at +155 from one of the top bookmakers around.
Figueiredo has been doing his camp with Henry Cejudo and should be more prepared this time around. Don’t be surprised when he retakes his belt on Saturday night.