In a surprising turn of events, Francis Ngannou maintained the heavyweight belt, but not quite how it was expected. At UFC 270, the ‘Predator’ had to outgrapple a game Ciryl Gane to secure a unanimous decision win after five rounds. On Twitter, pro fighters reacted to the match.
Now time for the big dawgs. I’m taking Gane…what he does with his movement and striking at heavyweight is unreal! Ngannou ALWAYS has the ☢️ option! #UFC270— Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) January 23, 2022
Ngannou walking towards you is like knowing the Terminator is coming for you and getting through the night is hopeless#UFC270— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) January 23, 2022
Francis could end it early with a left hook to right uppercut. Gane is ducking immediately on every engagement. #UFC270— Chris Curtis The Action Man (@Actionman513) January 23, 2022
If playing with fire was a picture, it would be Gane moving around with his hands down , all of round 2 #UFC270— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) January 23, 2022
Damn I thought Francis was gonna jump the guillotine— Eryk Anders (@erykanders) January 23, 2022
If this is the Apex of heavyweight fighting, I’m excited about it. Got some more records to break— BONY (@JonnyBones) January 23, 2022
Judo throw to his face— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) January 23, 2022
They didn’t know about that wrestling!!!— Kevin MTP Lee (@MoTownPhenom) January 23, 2022
Two dangerous heavyweights in the main event but this grappling and decision making on the ground is cringey.— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) January 23, 2022
That was super low fight IQ from Gane. I understand the thought process, but having Ngannou back on top for that risk-reward position was short-sighted in a tight fight like this.— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) January 23, 2022
With that said, let’s go B randon!!
I mean Francis! #UFC270
What is happening right now lol— Brian BOOM Kelleher (@brianboom135) January 23, 2022
Lol Shit I may just enjoy retirement— BONY (@JonnyBones) January 23, 2022
On a serious note. The grappling of Francis was impressive! #UFC270— Jalin Turner (@JalinTurner) January 23, 2022