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Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane: Sharp Bettors Split Early on UFC 270 Main Event

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Sharp bettors and the general public are split for the heavyweight title bout between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane at UFC 270.

Ngannou, the defending champion, opened as the betting favorite and has taken the majority of bets at BetMGM. However, with big money supporting Gane, the line has flipped making the champion the underdog in the days before the match.

Ngannou is now +125 from his opening number of -115. The winner of five consecutive fights, Ngannou will defend his title for the first time since defeating Stipe Miocic in March via second round knockout.

Prior to the win over Miocic, Ngannou stopped Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Junior Dos Santos, Cain Velasquez and Curtis Blades. Those wins followed a loss to Miocic in his first title chance and an embarrassing performance against Derrick Lewis.

Only 36% of bets are on the challenger, but with 65% of total dollars on Gane, he’s moved to -150 from his opening number of -105. Gane, technically the interim heavyweight champion after a win over Lewis in August, is undefeated in seven UFC fights. He has two wins via submission, two knockouts and three by unanimous decision.

Elsewhere on the card, early money is on Brandon Moreno (-175) to defend his title in the trilogy fight against Deiveson Figueiredo (+145).

Bettors and dollars are aligned on the other three underdogs on the main card of the pay-per-view. Andre Fialho (+250), Cody Stamann (+170) and Wellington Turman (+225) all have more bets and dollars in their favor than their respective opponents in Michael Pereira (-300), Said Nurmagomedov (-200) and Rodolfo Veira (-300).

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