Last week’s UFC LV46 main event of Calvin Kattar vs. Giga Chikadze was a banger. One lesson learned from that bout is that in the UFC, every fighter ranked in the top 10 is world-class dangerous, and it never pays to look past an opponent as Chikadze did with Kattar. In fact, the beatdown Kattar suffered at the hands of Max Holloway a year ago was the same as what he administered to Chikadze.
The year 2022 starts with a 1 unit win as Insight the Octagon was bullish on that Kattar scrap exceeding 2.5 rounds. Our published price of -165 held great advantage over the closing line of over -200.
This week UFC 270 from Anaheim, Calif., features a fight for the heavyweight title between two dynamically gifted fighters and a flyweight championship trilogy between a newly crowned, proud Mexican champion and a most dangerous Brazilian former champion driven to retain the title.
FRANCIS NGANNOU + 125 VS. CIRYL GANE -145
Heavyweight (256 pounds) championship
The story between these two fighters is layered, lengthy and complex. Suffice it to say that there are several tangible and intangible aspects to this unification bout.
One tangible aspect is that both fighters have trained together under Gane’s current coach, Fernand Lopez. No one understands Ngannou as well as Lopez.