Sport: UFC 270 faceoff: Francis Ngannou, Ciryl Gane have first staredown at press conference

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Watch the stars of UFC 270 face off following their pre- fight press conference . UFC heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou and interim champ Ciryl Gane . Check out video of the staredowns above.

Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane came face -to- face on Thursday at the conclusion of the UFC 270 pre- fight press conference ( watch it here ), held in advance of their Heavyweight title unification fight this weekend (Sat., Jan. 22, 2022, for the first time in more than two years with a Heavyweight title unification bout that will see former teammates collide, as division kingpin, Francis Ngannou , battles interim counterpart, Ciryl Gane . In UFC 270 ’s pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, newly-minted Flyweight champion, Brandon Moreno , runs it back with former titleholder, Deiveson Figueiredo .

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane came face-to-face as opponents for the first time following Thursday’s UFC 270 pre-fight press conference. Ciryl gane vs Francis ngannou faceoff ufc 270 © File photo Ciryl gane vs Francis ngannou faceoff ufc 270

After answering questions from the media, former teammates and training partners Ngannou (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) and Gane (10-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) posed for a traditional faceoff, and there was no lack of intensity.

Ngannou, 35, the reigning UFC heavyweight champion, and interim titleholder Gane, 31, meet Saturday in a championship unification bout. The fight tops the UFC 270 lineup, which takes place at Honda Center and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.

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# UFC heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou and interim champ Ciryl Gane exchanged a few words not picked up by microphones and then kept it all business at the # UFC 270 press conference staredowns .

Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane recently came face to face ahead of their highly anticipated heavyweight championship bout at UFC 270 . After answering questions from the media at the UFC 270 press conference , the headliners of the upcoming pay-per-view stared each other down . The former teammates have had a rather interesting buildup to the fight . While both Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane have claimed that they respect each other, the events leading up to their showdown have only increased tensions between the two. Furthermore, there has been a constant back and forth

Despite the history between them, Ngannou and Gane have remained level-headed in the build to UFC 270. They remained professional during their first staredown, but there was no mistaking the tension between the two sides.

Watch the video above for the Ngannou vs. Gane press conference faceoff.

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