Why Ciryl Gane is favored vs. Francis Ngannou plus Moreno-Figueiredo, Topuria-Jourdain โ€“ The Athletic

    Hello friends and welcome back to the glorious world of mixed martial arts!ย 

    I hope you all had a happy holiday season and are ready to dive into the upcoming UFC 270 card, headlined by the heavyweight championship bout between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane.

    First and foremost, I have been asked to return to The Athletic to cover UFC events in 2022, and I have your support to thank for that. By reading and commenting on my articles, youโ€™ve let the powers that be know how strong this community is, and Iโ€™m going to do my best to reward you for that by writing as frequently as possible over the course of the year.

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    Without further ado, letโ€™s talk about a few of my favorite matchups from UFC 270, which include the heavyweight and flyweight championships.

    Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane

    If I had to rank my favorite divisions personally, the heavyweight division would be toward the bottom of that list, as Iโ€™ve described in the past. It is incredibly difficult to handicap most heavyweight fights because there is a level of variance that simply does not exist in lighter divisions. While one punch can change the dynamic of an entire fight, the power that exists at heavyweight is unmatched.

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