UFC 270 was the first pay-per-view event of 2022 and featured two title fights. Former teammates Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane clashed in a highly anticipated title unifier for the main event.
Ngannou had racked up four first-round KO wins since 2018, earning himself a second title shot against Stipe Miocic at UFC 260. 'The Predator' dethroned Miocic via second round knockout to become the heavyweight king.
Meanwhile, Ciryl Gane switched to MMA in 2018 after building a highly decorated kickboxing resume. Going into his matchup against Ngannou, 'Bon Gamin' held an undefeated 10-0 record.
The co-main event of the night featured a highly anticipated trilogy bout between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo with the flyweight title on the line. Moreno and Figueiredo fought to a majority draw in their first encounter at UFC 256 in December 2020. 'The Assassin Baby' dispatched Figueiredo via third-round submission in the rematch at UFC 263 to be crowned the champion.
UFC 270 main card results
Francis Ngannou def. Ciryl Gane via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)
Deiveson Figueiredo def. Brandon Moreno via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Michel Pereira def. Andre Fialho via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Said Nurmagomedov def. Cody Stamann via submission (00:47 of Round 1)
Michael Morales def. Trevin Giles via TKO (04:06 of Round 1)
UFC 270 prelims results
Victor Henry def. Raoni Barcelos via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Jack Della Maddalena def. Pete Rodriguez via first-round TKO (2:59)
Tony Gravely def. Saimon Oliveira via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Matt Frevola def. Genaro Valdez via first-round TKO (3:15)
UFC 270 early prelims results
Vanessa Demopoulos def. Silvana Gomez Juarez via sub (armbar) (Round1, 2:25)
Jasmine Jasudavicius def. Kay Hansen via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
UFC 270 main card highlights
The UFC 270 headliner featured a heavyweight title banger between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane. 'Bon Gamin' comfortably controlled the distance in the initial rounds, putting his full arsenal on display.
However, 'The Predator' bounced back in the following rounds, scoring multiple takedowns and spending a considerable amount of time in top control. Gane landed a takedown in the final round but lost top position because of a failed leg lock attempt. The Cameroonian then spent the rest of the round in top control to earn an emphatic decision win.
Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo clashed for a third time in the co-main event of the night with the flyweight title on the line. Both fighters went toe-to-toe from the very first round, putting up a technical masterclass in the process.
While 'The Assassin Baby' possibly outlanded Figueiredo in the first two rounds, the Brazilian knocked him down twice in round three and once more in the fifth. Ultimately, Deiveson Figueiredo picked up a unanimous decision victory after the closely contested championship rounds.
One of the most exciting fighters on the UFC roster, Michel Pereira, welcomed debutant Andre Fialho with a welterweight banger. Fialho had an impressive showing in the opening round as he controlled the octagon for the larger part.
However, Pereira bounced back with a flurry early in round two and went on to dominate the 27-year-old for the rest of the round. 'Demolidor' earned a unanimous decision after a close final round.
Surging bantamweight prospect Said Nurmagomedov faced Cody Stamann on the main card. Nurmagomedov made quick work of Stamann, submitting him with a guillotine less than a minute into the fight.
Michael Morales and Trevin Giles started off the UFC 270 pay-per-view with a welterweight barnburner. Morales managed to recover despite being hurt early in the opening round and went on to score a knockdown over Giles. The Tijuana native pounded away on the ground to earn a first-round TKO win in his UFC debut.
UFC 270 prelims highlights
The last prelims bout saw Raoni Barcelos take on debutant Victor Henry in a bantamweight encounter. While Barcelos started off stronger, Henry found his momentum towards the end of the opening round. The 34-year-old outstruck Barcelos in the latter rounds to earn a comfortable unanimous decision victory.
Debutants Jack Della Maddalena and Pete Rodriguez clashed in a welterweight battle on the prelims card. Maddalena outstruck Rodriguez, cutting him open early while hardly taking any damage.The Australian dropped a bloodied Rodriguez in the opening round and hardly a couple of follow-up shots were required for the referee to intervene.
Saimon Oliveira made his UFC debut against Tony Gravely in a bantamweight battle. Gravely outwrestled Oliveira over the course of three rounds, nullying his striking game. The UFC veteran landed a total of eleven takedowns to earn a lopsided unanimous decision.
Lightweight veteran Matt Frevola welcomed newcomer Genaro Valdez in the first prelims bout. Both fighters started off at a frantic pace, tagging each other early on. Frevola managed to drop Valdez and unleashed vicious ground and pound to earn a first-round stoppage win.
UFC 270 early prelims highlights
Silvana Gomez Juarez and Vanessa Demopoulos met in a strawweight encounter in the early prelims. Demopoulos made quick work of Juarez, scoring a first-round armbar submission.
The first bout of the night featured a women's flyweight clash between Jasmine Jasudavicius and Kay Hansen. The Canadian national managed to reel in a unanimous decision victory after going back-and-forth over the course of three rounds.