Reigning UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou will look to unify the division titles when he battles current interim 265-pound titleholder Ciryl Gane in the UFC 270 pay-per-view (PPV) m…
Reigning UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou will look to unify the division titles when he battles current interim 265-pound titleholder Ciryl Gane in the UFC 270 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, scheduled for this Sat. night (Jan. 22, 2022) at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., an ESPN+ fight card that also features the flyweight trilogy between 125-pound rivals Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo.
All four combatants will be front and center on Thurs. night (Jan. 20) for a special pre-fight press conference, alongside host (and UFC President) Dana White. Fight fans can expect many of the same talking points that have dominated the headlines over the last few weeks, including the Ngannou-Gane molehill that somehow became a mountain, as well as the weight-cutting issues that often plague Figueiredo.
The live press conference stream kicks off at 8 p.m. ET in the embedded video above.
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Considering how much damage he sustained, it should come as no surprise to see that Chikadze has received an indefinite suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). He must have a follow-up MRI and be evaluated by a neurosurgeon within two weeks.
Though triumphant in his return to competition, Kattar was also given a lengthy suspension. The No. 5 ranked featherweight contender could be out for six months, pending clearance from an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor for a nasal bone fracture.
Calvin Kattar (nasal bone fracture): Must have nasal bone fracture cleared by an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor or no contest until July 15. Minimum suspension/ no contest until March 2 and no contact until Feb. 15
Giga Chikadze: Suspended indefinitely. No contest or contact. Must have follow-up MRI and evaluation by neurosurgeon with a letter within two weeks.
Chase Sherman (laceration above left eye): Suspended until March 2 and no contact until Feb. 15
Brandon Royval (laceration on bridge of nose): Suspended until Feb. 6 and no contact until Jan. 30
Rogerio Bontorin (left knee): Must have left knee cleared by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until July 15. Minimum suspension/no contest until Feb. 6 and no contact until Jan. 30
Katlyn Chookagian (sutures near right eye): Suspended until Feb. 15 and no contact until Feb. 6
Jennifer Maia (laceration on left lip): Suspended until Feb. 15 and no contact until Feb. 6
Dakota Bush: Suspended until Feb. 15 and no contact until Feb. 6
Joanderson Brito (laceration on left eyelid): Suspended until March 2 and no contact until Feb. 15
Joseph Holmes (laceration under left eye): Suspended until March 2 and no contact until Feb. 15
Court McGee (laceration near right eye): Suspended until Feb. 15 and no contact until Feb. 6
Ramiz Brahimaj (laceration above left eye): Suspended until Feb. 15 and no contact until Feb. 6
Brian Kelleher (laceration above right eye): Suspended until Feb. 15 and no contact until Feb. 6
Kevin Croom (laceration under left eye): Suspended until Feb. 6 and no contact until Jan. 30
Charles Rosa (right knee): Must have MRI of right knee. Should result come back positive, clearance from an orthopedic doctor needed or no contest until July 15. Minimum suspension/no contest until Feb. 15 and no contact until Feb. 6
Last November, Cyborg attended Mixed Martial Arts Zambia’s first Symposium and helped make the event a success.
MMA Zambia President Benjamin Bush could not be more excited about the Symposium’s turnout.
“This was massive because Cris for us represents everything we are about in terms of female empowerment and gender-based violence awareness. And it was the perfect opportunity for us to launch the Women’s Commission, which is the first in Africa,” Bush commented about the event.
The efforts of MMA Zambia to promote positive change and introduce more people to the sport captured Cyborg’s attention.
“So, this project helps to empower vulnerable youth and women and to bring awareness to the sport in this country as a tool for positive social change for its people and their communities,” said Cyborg, according to SunSport.
She wants to help the organization get more women and girls in Zambia to participate in MMA. While in Zambia, Cris Cyborg took pleasure in leading a self-defense class at one of the orphanages.
“It is this part of my life that I enjoy the most, helping others wherever I am and using my experience and platform as an example to give hope to people of having a better life,” Cyborg continued.
And who better to learn self-defense from than one of the greatest women mixed martial artists to grace the sport?
A Fighting Chance
Unfortunately, much of the youth in Africa are subject to undesirable living conditions.
On top of poverty, child labor, and drug and alcohol abuse, gender-based violence against women and girls is a widespread crisis in Africa. When you give people the foundation to protect and better themselves, it can really make a difference in the community.
Benjamin Bush has faith that MMA can turn the tide of their lives.
“MMA Zambia believes that the sport of MMA can change lives not just through athletic endeavor but also through its inspirational qualities, the values within martial arts practice, the work ethic and sportsmanship within combat sports and the personalities the sport will create,” says Bush.
Mixed martial arts can empower the young hearts of Africa by showing them the fundamentals of MMA. There is much more to the sport than winning and losing.
In comparison, Cyborg’s desire to be a champion of her people signifies the former UFC champion’s ultimate goal.
“Being a world champion is a big responsibility,” Cyborg said. “Whatever place God puts you in, if he makes you a champion, it’s not to be champion for yourself, it’s for something else, whether it be to make a difference in the world and to change people’s lives, but I want to be Champion of Hearts for my people.”
Cyborg and Bush’s goals are aligned and together they have already created significant positive change for the young people of Zambia and MMA in Africa.
What do you think of Cris Cyborg and Benjamin Bush’s efforts to change the lives of the young people in Africa?
Francis Ngannou at the UFC 260 press conference. | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC
We are just two days away from UFC 270 in Anaheim, California, and the two title fights are in the heaviest and lightest men’s weight clas…
We are just two days away from UFC 270 in Anaheim, California, and the two title fights are in the heaviest and lightest men’s weight classes. In the main event, Francis Ngannou puts his heavyweight title on the line against interim champion Ciryl Gane. The co-main event is a men’s flyweight title trilogy between new champion Brandon Moreno and the man he dethroned last year, Deiveson Figueiredo.
Before they go inside the Octagon and before they even weigh-in on Friday, there’s the matter of the pre-fight press conference. Words will be spoken! Questions will be asked! Sentences will be uttered and maybe expletives will be used!
The big names get their time to shine and talk to media, and you can watch the live stream of the UFC 270 presser at the top of the page starting at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.
Here’s who will be in attendance:
Francis Ngannou – UFC heavyweight champion
Ciryl Gane – UFC interim heavyweight champion
Brandon Moreno – UFC men’s flyweight champion
Deiveson Figueiredo – Former UFC men’s flyweight champion
UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal has his own theories behind why some of the brashest personalities in UFC history, including Chael Sonnen and Colby Covington, always engage in the art of trash talk. Masvidal will face his former American Top Team teammate, Covington in a grudge match at UFC 272. After they were friends for years […]
UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal has his own theories behind why some of the brashest personalities in UFC history, including Chael Sonnen and Colby Covington, always engage in the art of trash talk.
Masvidal will face his former American Top Team teammate, Covington in a grudge match at UFC 272. After they were friends for years and helped each other grow in the sport, they have fallen out and will settle their differences in the octagon.
The Masvidal vs. Covington fight is one of only a few of its kind. There are rarely non-title pay-per-view main events in the UFC, except a Conor McGregor fight.
During a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Masvidal claimed that Covington and Sonnen’s less entertaining in-cage approach is the reasoning behind their overcompensating out of it.
Jorge Masvidal Opines On Colby Covington, Chael Sonnen
“Chael had to be so sh*t-talking because he didn’t have an exciting style for a long time; he was just wrestling guys to death,” Masvidal said. “So he had to do that extra talking and get himself over like that. That influenced guys like Colby — that’s all he does.
“[Covington] has to talk about people’s wives. Like, how f*cking low of a society have we gotten, that’s even acceptable? You’re talking about people’s wives for no reason? Talking about Amanda Nunes’ team? In doing that, he inspires the future generations. So some 12-year-old may be looking at him, thinking, ‘Oh, this is the way to go, to insult a whole nation to get yourself over,’ because you weren’t selling pay-per-views, because you can’t fight, so you have to insult a whole country now.” (h/t MMANews)
Masvidal has never been one to engage in trash talk, but he’s certainly not afraid to respond to it either. He’s gone back and forth with the likes of Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards on social media and even McGregor.
The fight itself could be very competitive, but the pre-fight buildup may surpass the event altogether.
Francis Ngannou has been very vocal about his desire to ink a new contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) that will not only give him a huge bump in pay, but also the chance to b…
Francis Ngannou has been very vocal about his desire to ink a new contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) that will not only give him a huge bump in pay, but also the chance to branch out and box. Speaking of “The Sweet Science,” Ngannou has also been open about his goal to challenge current WBC and The Ring Heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury.
Of course, UFC’s 265-pound king has a huge obstacle in front of him before any of that comes to fruition in the form of Ciryl Gane, who he will face this Sat. (Jan. 22, 2022) at UFC 270 in a title unification bout. According to UFC president Dana White, the problem he has with Ngannou is that while he is calling for a raise and a boxing match, he still has to defeat a hungry interim champion who is the favorite in the fight.
“That’s part of my problem with this whole thing. You are talking about you don’t want to fight under your contract, he gets a piece of pay-per-view (PPV) like all the other champions do,” explained White during a recent interview with Jim Rome.
“You worry about all of these other things, ‘I want to box Tyson Fury, I want to do this, I want to do that,’ you’re the underdog on Saturday. You are not some huge 10 to 1 favorite. Focus on beating Ciryl Gane. Win this fight and then you can talk about the possibility of other things.”
If Ngannou is overlooking Gane it would obviously be a huge mistake because “Bon Gamin” is 10-0, 7-0 UFC and is looking to level up. And that’s just what White says makes the Frenchman a big threat to Ngannou, because while “The Predator” wants more, Gane wants what his foe already has.
“Let’s be honest. Francis Ngannou is in a position where he has made a lot of money and he is building a big house in his home country of Africa, he is building gyms for kids over there and doing all these other things,” added White. “Ciryl Gane wants what this guy has. You got that guy who is coming up and is hungry.
“Nobody ever has enough money. Nobody is ever going to say, ‘They are paying me too much, I got too much money.’ But this guy (Ngannou) has made some real money and he is out there spending it and doing his thing…Ciryl Gane wants that real money now.”
With a win, Gane will surely be looking at a pay increase himself as UFC’s undisputed champion. A loss for Ngannou, meanwhile, would be catastrophic because he will lose a ton of leverage when it comes time to re-up his deal.
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