UFC 270 recap: Ngannou defends heavyweight title by decision

    It was far from easy, but Francis Ngannou’s reign atop the heavyweight division continues.

    Ngannou (17–3) won by unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 270, becoming the first fighter to defeat Ciryl Gane. And he did it in a surprising manner, leaning on superior wrestling and grappling instead of a knockout blow.

    It appeared that Gane (10–1) had the fight exactly where he wanted. He did secure a takedown in the fifth round, but instead of maintaining top position, Gane went for an ankle lock. That backfired, ultimately allowing Ngannou to re-establish control on the mat.

    It was shocking to see Ngannou win without landing any significant strikes. The next big question is what becomes of Ngannou’s future. After repeatedly stating he wants a new contract, Ngannou certainly has leverage by retaining the belt. UFC President Dana White typically places the belt around the waist of the champion at the end of the fight, but in this case, it was UFC Vice President of Talent Relations Mick Maynard putting the belt around the waist of Ngannou. So the future of Ngannou is uncertain, there is no doubt over who is the reigning champ.

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