The UFC’s first pay-per-view event of 2022 is here! And it’s packing quite the punch with a heavyweight title reunification bout in the UFC 270 headline slot. The co-main also sees a title on the line, in a trilogy bout to boot.
The headliner is Francis Ngannou taking on Ciryl Gane (who was given a interim heavyweight title belt to pressure the Cameroonian back into the Octagon). The co-main has Brandon Moreno putting his flyweight title on the line versus Deiveson Figueiredo.
The main card doesn’t have much name recognition beyond those two fights (enjoy the PPV cost increase everyone!). Before the title fights Michel Pereira is scheduled to face Andre Fialho. Rounding out the PPV are Cody Stamann vs. Said Nurmagomedov and Michael Morales vs. Trevin Giles (after Rodolfo Veira vs. Wellington Turman was scrapped).
The prelims were to be headlined by Ilia Topuria vs. Charles Jourdain. However, Topuria had weight cut issues so that fight is out, too. Raoni Barcelos vs. Victor Henry gets the prelim main event slot.
However, before any of these fights go ahead, the competitors must make it past the scales (and their COVID tests — good luck with that with Omicron out in these streets). So who knows what might happen during the weigh-ins.
Thankfully, you can watch all the action below with video provided by our friends at MMA Fighting. The stream goes live at 12 PM ET.
Main card (ESPN+ PPV at 10 PM ET):
Heavyweight championship: Francis Ngannou (257) vs. Ciryl Gane (247)
Flyweight championship: Brandon Moreno (124) vs. Deiveson Figueiredo (124)
Welterweight: Andre Fialho (169.5) vs. Michel Pereira (170)
Bantamweight: Cody Stamann (135.5) vs. Said Nurmagomedov (136)
Middleweight : Rodolfo Vieira vs. Wellington Turman *
Welterweight: Michael Morales (170) vs. Trevin Giles (170)
Prelims (ESPN2/ESPN+ at 8 PM ET):
Featherweight : Ilia Topuria vs. Charles Jourdain **
Bantamweight: Raoni Barcelos (135) vs. Victor Henry (135.5)
Welterweight: Jack Della Maddalena (170.5) vs. Pete Rodriguez (170.5)
Bantamweight: Tony Gravely (135.5) vs. Saimon Oliveira (136)
Flyweight: Kay Hansen (125) vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius (125)
Early Prelims (ESPN+ at 7:00 PM ET):
Strawweight: Vanessa Demopoulos (115.5) vs. Silvana Gomez Juarez (115.5)
Lightweight: Matt Frevola (154.5) vs. Genaro Valdez (155.5)
*Rodolfo Vieira withdrew due to a medical issue. His fight with Wellington Turman has been cancelled.
**Ilia Topuria withdrew due to weight cut issues. His fight with Charles Jourdain has been cancelled.
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