Jose Aldo was recently defeated in a five-round battle by Max Holloway, who is the current UFC featherweight champion.
What are your thoughts on this fight? What should Jose do next to get back into contention for another title shot?

UFC 270 is the upcoming fight that will be taking place on April 8th, 2017. The “ufc 270 odds” are the percentages of victory for each fighter.

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Francis Ngannou has made a name for himself in the ring by throwing earth-shattering punches. Prior to Saturday night, the UFC heavyweight champion had knocked out his last five opponents, three in under a minute.

Ciryl Gane, the challenger in Ngannou’s UFC 270 main event in Anaheim, California, ended himself horizontal on the canvas as well. But Ngannou placed him there in a different manner, utilizing four takedowns to take control of a fight he was losing and win a unanimous decision in his first championship defense. It was Ngannou’s first decision win in his professional career.

We weren’t expecting Ngannou to be like this. The champ revealed a changed fighter who will be intriguing to watch in future UFC title defenses, trading the quick and furious for patient and persistent.

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All bouts from UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane will be available to watch on ESPN+ if the pay-per-view is bought.

• Francis Ngannou (c) vs. Ciryl Gane (ic) • Brandon Moreno (c) vs. Deiveson Figueiredo • Michel Pereira vs. Andre Fialho • Cody Stamann vs. Said Nurmagomedov • Trevin Giles vs. Michael Morales • Raoni Barcelos vs. Victor Henry

On ESPN+, you can watch the whole game.

Will there be more UFC defenses in the future?

Ngannou’s win on Saturday came in the penultimate fight of his seven-fight contract, but a champion’s clause binds him to the UFC for three more bouts or one year. Last week, Ngannou made it clear that he would opt for Option B, telling ESPN that he will not fight for the UFC again under his current contract.

Ngannou is now in a position to attempt one of his traditional thuds. This one, on the other hand, would take place outside of the Octagon. Ngannou would be delivering a gut blow to MMA’s top promoter if he follows through on his promise to sit out a year in order to release himself from his contractual commitment to the UFC.

Ngannou seemed disillusioned when he delivered a status update on his shaky contract discussions to my colleague Brett Okamoto, even going so far as to declare, “I don’t feel like I have a promoter anymore.” Dana White not placing the belt around Ngannou after his title defense and then not showing up for the post-UFC 270 press conference might be an indication of the UFC president’s current feelings on the subject.

At UFC 270, Francis Ngannou went against the grain to win his first-ever decision. Zuffa LLC/Chris Unger

Hearing Ngannou’s thoughts on the condition of his relationship with the UFC has to make other MMA promoters’ hearts race a bit quicker. In a year’s time, if Ngannou and the UFC can’t work things out, he’ll be the most sought-after free agent the sport has ever seen.

Ngannou (17-3) has showed himself to be peak Mike Tyson in 5-ounce gloves throughout his career, despite the grappling and methodical stalking he displayed Saturday night. Ngannou has 12 knockouts and 11 first-round finishes, and he has been working on increasing his explosiveness before this weekend. Although Stipe Miocic made it to the opening minute of Round 2 before being KO’d for the title in March, Ngannou knocked out his four previous opponents in 45, 26, 71, and 20 seconds. Two of those victories were against former UFC champions.

The victory versus Gane, a former training partner at the Paris gym where both fighters started their MMA careers, was not easy. Ngannou later disclosed that during prepping for the bout, he tore an MCL and suffered an ACL. This, along with Gane’s fluid movement and hitting, made for a lengthier night’s work for the champ than normal.

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Francis Ngannou talks about the severity of the knee injury he sustained three weeks before his fight with Ciryl Gane.

Despite this, Ngannou was crowned the world’s most dangerous man.

That’s a title generally designated for the global heavyweight champion, and it’s been connected with the UFC’s belt holder for almost a decade, not any other MMA organization. This is how the sport’s hierarchy works, not only at heavyweight but across the weight divisions. However, heavyweight is the most illustrious category in all of combat sports, so losing Ngannou would be a disaster for the UFC.

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If Ngannou wants to face the most difficult obstacles in MMA, he should go to the UFC. The greatest heavyweights may be found there. However, the champion has bigger plans. He wants to compete in boxing, which was his initial combat sports goal. Ngannou has been tussling on social media with boxing champion Tyson Fury, and he’s set his sights on the big (and big-money) fight.

Is this the point of contention between the boxer and the promoter? The UFC has had the authority to approve off on any excursions away from the Octagon with Ngannou and its other athletes up to this point. The boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather was a huge financial success for everyone involved, including the UFC. Anyone on the roster who wants to play Jake Paul in a squared circle is out.

How do Dana White & Co. feel about the possibility of seeing their heavyweight champion stepping in with the best heavyweight boxer in the world? It could deliver a heavy load of cash into the coffers, but what impact might a loss in a boxing match have on the UFC champ’s perceived stature as the baddest man on the planet?

Ngannou’s career in the UFC is in jeopardy due to contract difficulties. Zuffa LLC/Chris Unger

Ngannou’s immediate future has many unknowns, including the possibility of surgery for his ACL and MCL problems. But one thing is certain: he wields power. That is unique in the UFC’s relations with a champion in and of itself. Before they enter the Octagon for their last contractual bout, the organization usually re-signs its champions. To find a situation even substantially analogous, you had to go back 25 years, to when Randy Couture won the UFC heavyweight championship and departed to compete in Japan.

But it was a different MMA world and a different century. The UFC has never had a reigning champion walk away to compete elsewhere in the contemporary age, thanks to the way contracts are constructed. White has never been unable to close a transaction. He has an unblemished record that would make Khabib Nurmagomedov happy in that department.

Even after a very mild Ngannou performance, it seems unthinkable that the UFC would allow another organization to have this big, dangerous heavyweight champion. But, after seeing Ngannou, the perennial front-runner, transform into a grappler and a comeback kid, everything seems conceivable.

The “ufc 270 adesanya” is a fight that will take place at the end of this month. It will be the first time in UFC history, that a woman will headline an event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who won the UFC 270 fight?

A: Demetrious Johnson won by unanimous decision.

Who won UFC 270 heavyweight?

A: The winner of UFC 270 heavyweight was Stipe Miocic.

Did Cyril Gane win?

A: Yes, Cyril Gane won the tennis match.

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