Both UFC 270 title fights have very interesting storylines that go beyond what happened inside the Octagon.
It is well documented that Ngannou entered the UFC and found success under the MMA Factory Paris banner. Head coach Fernand Lopez and Ngannou decided to part ways after Ngannou moved to Las Vegas. During a visit to the MMA Factory Paris, he had a few sparring sessions with Gane, who was fighting in the TKO promotion in Canada at the time.
It became very clear, very quickly that Gane was special and a real threat to Ngannou’s title. Around this time, fight footage of Ngannou and Gane was released, fueling speculation.
So to put it simply, there is a lot of background noise in this fight. It will be interesting to see which fighter can block out that noise, rise to the occasion, and leave Honda Center with that belt around his waist.
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In the flyweight title fight, Moreno and Figueiredo have shared the Octagon twice and know each other very well. With a title draw and a clear result, legacies hang in the balance for each of them. The added storyline to this fight came when Figueiredo moved to Arizona to start working with Henry Cejudo.
The former flyweight and bantamweight champion was close friends and training partner with Moreno; they even lived together for a time. But then Moreno moved to Las Vegas and helped Joe Benavidez prepare for a fight with Cejudo. This created a little drama and Figueiredo, who spent these four months away from his family in AZ with Cejudo, wants to help ‘Triple C’ get revenge.
It’s a dynamic no one saw coming, but it’s definitely something that’s on the challenger’s mind.
Don’t miss a single strike from the first pay-per-view of 2022 on UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane, live from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on ESPN+. Preliminaries begin at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT. The main card starts at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.