UFC 270 Early Betting Preview Part 1

Cameroonian-French UFC heavyweight fighter Francis Ngannou. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Whilst the UFC embark on a 4-week rest period, top-rated sportsbooks have released odds on the first two events of 2022. The introductory pay-per-view of the new year is UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane on Jan. 22 and the main card UFC Odds are available. Read on for our early betting preview and UFC picks, including updated odds and free expert UFC 270 betting predictions.

Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane

UFC Unification Heavyweight Championship Main Event Bout

Saturday, January 22, 2022 – 10:00 PM EST at the Honda Center

Francis Ngannou Fighter Breakdown

The most intimidating heavyweight champion in UFC history returns to the octagon in 2022 for his first title defense since dethroning Stipe Miočić.

Francis Ngannou (16-3-0, 11 KOs) owns the most devastating knockout power in combat sports, once measured to equal the impact of a Ford Escort going 80 km/h. Possessing such opponent disabling attributes has allowed the current champion to finish nine of his professional fights inside the first round.

Ngannou’s rise to stardom in the UFC was simple; since joining the promotion in 2015, the Cameroonian native has delivered countless highlight-reel moments, punishing some of the most notable figures the heavyweight division had to offer.

Ciryl Gane Fighter Breakdown

Ciryl Gane lifted gold to become the first French champion in UFC history, although his version of the championship isn’t wholly established until he defeats the actual titleholder.

Claiming the interim belt during Ngannou’s absence felt like a forced and unnecessary move by the UFC, but this doesn’t deduct quality from the elite-level skillset the Frenchman boasts.

Gane is a striking technician; as a former decorated muay thai kickboxer, he’s effortlessly transitioned these skills into the octagon.

Ngannou vs. Gane Analysis and UFC 270 Early Prediction

Should the UFC focus on PR and marketing, we could be looking towards the most notable heavyweight bout in the company’s history.

Two huge frames, fight-ending power on both sides, and former training partners who’re both holding onto heavyweight championships. Only one can walk away with the gold, and I struggle to look beyond the skill and experience of Gane.

Ngannou has notably improved his footwork, patience, and all-around MMA skillset to assist in setting up that fight-ending punch. However, Gane owns a unique set of tools, his ability to pressure and to strike moving backwards with a lifetime experience as a striking specialist gives him a considerable advantage.

The betting odds are currently even at most books, but the value can be found at FanDuel who’s offering a plus money price on Gane.

Personally, I can’t rely on Ngannou finding the button against the elusive movement of Gane. The Frenchman’s defensive attributes and light-footed movement will frustrate Ngannou into a one-sided chess match.

UFC Pick: Ciryl Gane to Win (+102) at DraftKings

Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo III

UFC Flyweight Championship Co-Main Event Bout

Saturday, January 22, 2022 – 10:00 PM EST at the Honda Center

Brandon Moreno Fighter Breakdown

The fighting pride of Mexico, Brandon Moreno (19-5-2), put his country on the map when defeating the Brazilian powerhouse that is Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 263.

The soft-spoken lovable personality of Moreno is soon forgotten when the cage door closes, as a well-diverse ability within MMA is unleashed.

Moreno’s first title defense will see him run it back with Figueiredo for a third consecutive time, and we should expect more confidence than ever after impressing in both contests.

Deiveson Figueiredo III Fighter Breakdown

It’s surprising to see the former flyweight champion pursue a rematch for the title he lost. Weight-cutting issues surrounding the Brazilian have been detrimental to his 5-round performances, and I believe a more suitable tenure within the bantamweight division.

With that said, the dominance and finishing ability that Figueiredo has delivered during his time at 125lbs are remarkable. Three submission finishes and four via knockout/technical knockout inside the UFC created a champion that won’t be forgotten despite the outcome of UFC 270’s co-main event.

Moreno vs. Figueiredo Analysis and UFC 270 Early Prediction

Whether you’re a Moreno or Figueiredo fan, the matchup ahead isn’t simple to break down. Both fighters have similar fighting styles and can undoubtedly finish the contest with a submission or knockout stoppage.

However, due to the outcome at UFC 263, I expect a tentative version of Figueiredo that won’t be as willing to scramble with Moreno.

I believe Moreno defending his championship and honor will also result in a cautious attitude, making the over 2 ½ rounds a betting approach I can get behind.

I anticipate the fight to play out as the first encounter did, a fight of the night-worthy bout without a stoppage.

UFC Pick: Over 2 ½ Rounds (+110) at Ceasars