Francis Ngannou beats Cyril Gane to retain the heavyweight belt – San Bernardino Sun

ANAHEIM – Cyril Gane knows to watch out for Francis Ngannou’s thunderous power.

However, removal may be the last thing Gane expects.

Ngannou’s persistence to hit all the way to the bottom scored him enough points in the final three rounds to win a unanimous decision and retain his heavyweight belt in Saturday’s UFC 270 main event at Honda Center. sold out tickets.

The referees gave the score 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 to the Cameroonian giant, who was defending his first title against his former coaching partner and losing his first.

It was 35-year-old Ngannou’s sixth consecutive win (17-3), although the previous five matches had all ended in a brutal knockout.

For all the discussion of the size and magnitude of the two, the fight had no kills and a lot of grappling in the final three innings. Ngannou earned a score of 10-9 in the final three rounds from judges Ron McCarthy, Sal D’Amato and Derek Cleary, with D’Amato scoring the first round for the champion.

In fact, no boxer lands hard enough to give an opponent a hard time.

Gane (10-1), interim champion, cleverly used his agility and exemplary footwork, along with knee and foot kicks, in the first two innings to dodge power of Ngannou and slipped under his punches. When the Parisians waded into Ngannou’s range, he would land and get out.

The third round began with 31-year-old Gane bouncing, switching positions with his hands at his side to not allow Ngannou to find his range or rhythm.

The champ quickly denied it in the third round with a huge lift and knock. Gane stood up only to be knocked down again.

https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/22/ufc-270-francis-ngannou-outpoints-cyril-gane-to-retain-heavyweight-title/ Francis Ngannou beats Cyril Gane to retain the heavyweight belt – San Bernardino Sun

Tom Vazquez

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