Ngannou vs. Gane & Adesanya vs. Whittaker targeted for UFC 270
The UFC’s first pay-per-view in 2022 will have two title fights on the card as Francis Ngannou takes on Ciryl Gane and Israel Adesanya takes on Robert Whittaker.
According to French media outlet La Seur, Ngannou will look to defend his heavyweight title for the first time against interim champion Ciryl Gane. The fight will take place at UFC 270 on January 22 with the location yet to be determined. The report also states that Adesanya will also face Whittaker for the middleweight title on the card.
Francis Ngannou (16-3) has just won a KO victory over Stipe Miocic to claim the heavyweight title. The victory was his fourth in a row because during the race he knocked out Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Junior dos Santos, Curtis Blaydes and Cain Velasquez. Ngannou wanted to fight again this year and wanted it to be in September but the promotion couldn’t get along with him.
Ciryl Gane (10-0) won the interim heavyweight title last time around with a TKO victory over Derrick Lewis at UFC 265 in August. It was only his seventh fight in the UFC and had already won gold in the UFC after turning pro in August 2018. During his tenure at the UFC, he beat Alexander Volkov by decision and holds also notable victories over Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Junior dos Santos and Tanner Boser.
Ngannou against Gane was the fight to take after the Frenchman won the interim belt. There is also a story there as they briefly trained together as Gane’s coach is Ngannou’s former coach.
With the other title fight, Adesanya and Whittaker will have their highly anticipated trilogy. The two first met in October 2019 at UFC 243 where Adesanya scored a second round TKO to become the middleweight champion. Since then he has defended his belt against Marvin Vettori, Paulo Costa and Yoel Romero while losing to Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight belt. Whittaker, meanwhile, is 3-0 since losing the belt.
Who do you think will win this pair of successful title fights?