Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane – UFC 270 REPORT: Round-by-round updates and undercard results

Francis Ngannou evolves from KO king to grappling God as he retains his heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane with unexpected UFC 270 points win… before revealing he did it with a TORN KNEE

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Francis Ngannou evolved from a KO king to a grappling God with a completely unexpected performance against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 to retain his heavyweight title despite battling on with a torn knee. 

After dropping the first two rounds with his gas tank seemingly running low, the champion produced a massive body slam takedown that must have registered on the Richter scale in California as his French opponent clattered into the mat. 

It was the moment of the fight and signalled a crucial change in momentum with the Cameroon native repeating the trick in the championship rounds. With the scores level at two rounds apiece heading into the fifth, both men knew the importance of the next five minutes. 

Francis Ngannou retained his heavyweight title with an unexpected wrestling-heavy performance at UFC 270

Gane was slammed down to the mat in the third round in a moment that completely shifted the momentum

Gane was slammed down to the mat in the third round in a moment that completely shifted the momentum 

The Frenchman had been performing well on the feet so perhaps did not expected Ngannou to attempt a takedown

The Frenchman had been performing well on the feet so perhaps did not expected Ngannou to attempt a takedown

Ciryl Gane attempted a leg lock to finish the fight but Ngannou managed to reverse the position in a key moment

Ciryl Gane attempted a leg lock to finish the fight but Ngannou managed to reverse the position in a key moment 

The champion spent the third, fourth and fifth rounds on top of Gane for the most part to claim a unanimous decision

The champion spent the third, fourth and fifth rounds on top of Gane for the most part to claim a unanimous decision

It was Gane who took Ngannou down for the first time in the bout but he made a fatal error, perhaps underlining his inexperience at the very top level. 

The Frenchman attempted a leg lock but allowed Ngannou to reverse position and spend the majority of the round on top, leaving the judges in no doubt that the champion should retain his prize.  

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