FRANCIS NGANNOU is still the UFC’s heavyweight champion following a brutal knockout of former team-mate Ciryl Gane.
The Predator saw off the challenge of the fleet-footed Gane early on Sunday morning in the main event of UFC 270 in Anaheim, California.
Ngannou, 34, notched his first title defence with a unanimous decision victory and kept his hopes of a crossover bout with WBC heavyweight champ Tyson Fury alive.
UFC 270 results
Francis Ngannou def. Ciryl Gane via unanimous decision – 48-47, 48-47, 48-46
Deiveson Figueiredo def. Brandon Moreno via unanimous decision – (48–47, 48–47, 48–47)
Michel Pereira def. Andre Fialho via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Said Nurmagomedov def. Cody Stamann via submission (guillotine) – Round 1 0:47
Michael Morales def. Trevin Giles via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:05
Victor Henry def. Raoni Barcelos via unanimous decision – (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jack Della Maddalena def. Pete Rodriguez via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:59
Tony Gravely def. Saimon Oliveira via unanimous decision – (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Matt Frevola def Genaro Valdez via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:15
Vanessa Demopolous def. Silviana Gomez Suarez via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:25
Jasmine Jasudavicius def. Kay Hansen via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)