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Francis Ngannou Defeats Ciryl Gane, Displays Unique Wrestling Skill

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Cameroonian UFC Heavyweight Champion of the World, Francis Ngannou, defeated Ciryl Gane to retain his belt with shocking wrestling and grappling skills no one saw coming leading up to the fight.

When the UFC 270 main event between heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and interim champ Ciryl Gane was made official, it’s unlikely anyone expected an Ngannou win to come on the strength of his wrestling and jiu-jitsu. That’s exactly how the fight played out on Saturday night, however, with Ngannou surviving some rough early rounds before leaning on an unlikely combination of takedowns and ground control to pull away and take a unanimous decision victory inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Gane came out wanting to grapple with Ngannou, pushing forward and ending up in a clinch, though Ngannou was able to easily fight off the takedown attempt. From there, the expected striking battle broke out, with Gane using his slick footwork to try to move around the Octagon and pick angles and Ngannou looking for his trademark bombs.

The problem for Ngannou was actually finding Gane to land those shots. The grappling early appeared to drain Ngannou’s gas tank and he then was forced to chase Gane around the Octagon, with Gane casually moving, turning sideways and touching Ngannou with a variety of strikes as he built up a lead through cleaner work in the opening rounds.

In the third round, Ngannou finally had a moment, catching a Gane high kick and turning it into a massive body slam to end up on top in side control. Gane was able to escape back to his feet, only taking a few punches when he gave up his back to get back to standing only for Ngannou to again briefly take the fight to the ground. Shockingly, Ngannou scored with another takedown late in the round.

Having seen an unexpected side of Ngannou’s game, Gane looked to maintain distance with a steady diet of kicks in the fourth round, but Ngannou managed another takedown when he was able to close the distance and grab a body lock. Gane fought back to his feet only to be taken down yet again, keeping the fight on the ground for the remainder of the round.

With the fight seemingly tied up at two rounds apiece after Ngannou’s grappling had turned the tide, the fifth round seemed to be where the fight would ultimately be decided. After some early striking from Gane, he stepped inside and scored his own takedown, putting Ngannou on his back. Gane then made a pivotal mistake, abandoning the position in search of a leg lock.

Ngannou survived the leg lock to end up in top position, battling to improve his position while not doing much damage with strikes before the final horn.

The decision to go for the leg lock did prove to be Gane’s undoing, as the official scorecards read 48-47, 48-47, 49-46, all for Ngannou.

“I knew that he was going to be a tough opponent, no doubt,” Ngannou said after the fight. “I was surprised that he held on to the end of the fight but he was very good. The only thing that I had to do, that my coach reminded me all the time, was stay composed. Trust yourself, don’t chase him.”

Ngannou also confirmed rumors of a pre-fight knee injury while discussing the build to the fight.

“I hurt my knee, tore my MCL completely and hurt my ACL,” Ngannou said. “I wanted to pull out of this fight but couldn’t see myself retreating from this fight because it was a chance to make a statement and remind everyone that I’m the champ.”

CBS Sports was with you the entire way on Saturday bringing you all the results and highlights from the UFC 270 below.

UFC 270 card and results

  • Francis Ngannou (c) def. Ciryl Gane via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)
  • Deiveson Figueiredo def. Brandon Moreno (c) 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 first-round submission (guillotine choke)
  • Michael Morales def. Trevin Giles via first-round TKO (punches)
  • Victory Henry def. Raoni Barcelos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jack Della def. Pete Rodriguez via first-round TKO (punches)

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MultiChoice Introduces Special World Cup Package on GOtv

The package named “Jolli YaQatar” was launched today and it comes with a new discount offer

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The mother brand of GOtv, MultiChoice has introduced a special world cup package for GOtv subscribers.

The package named “Jolli YaQatar” was launched today and it comes with a new discount offer, Investors King learnt. 

According to a statement released by MultiChoice, the decoder and one-month subscription which was previously N6,900 will now be available for N4,900.

“Starting from Saturday, November 26, customers can get a GOtv decoder at just N4,900 instead of N6,900,” the statement read.

Additionally, all matches of the FIFA World Cup are now available to GOtv customers on Supa, Max, and Jolli packages.

MultiChoice Nigeria’s Chief Executive Officer, John Ugbe, noted that the special package will enable more Nigerian families to enjoy the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar. 

He added that the company has included more channels to capture all moments at the ongoing world cup in Qatar. 

“This special World Cup price offer will allow more Nigerians access to live matches and show-stopping moments at the ongoing FIFA World Cup. To further drive this, we have extended more World Cup dedicated channels to every customer,” he said.

GOtv is one of the most popular pay-per-view television service providers in Nigeria. 

Apart from being relatively affordable, it has a lot of exciting channels which include Africa Magic Urban, Honey, SuperSport, WWE, SuperSport channels, KIX, StarLife, Cartoon Network, ESPN, Zee World, TeleMundo, CNN International, Al Jazeera, Discovery Family, B4U Movies, TNT Africa.

Others include MTV Base, HIP TV,  M-Net Movies 4, ROK, Discovery ID, Nat Geo Wild, Da Vinci Kids, Disney Junior, Nickelodeon, Jim Jam, and a lot more.

In all, GOtv has over 80 exciting channels covering news both local and international, music, sports, documentaries, series, movies, and children’s programmes.

GOtv subscription begins from N1,900 a month on GOtv Jinja, to N2,800 for GOtv Jolli. GOtv Mass monthly subscription goes for N4,150 while the all-round package, GOtv Supa goes for N5,500. 

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Billionaire Jim Ratcliffe to Bid for Manchester United as David Beckham Struggles to Raise Fund

Again, Sir Jim Ratcliffe moves to acquire Manchester United

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British richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe has launched a bid for Manchester United amid a report that the Glazer family put the Premier League club up for sale. This is the second time Jim Ratcliffe will be aiming to buy the most valuable club in England. 

Investors King learnt that the Glazer family planned to sell the club at a valuation of £5 billion. The 70-year-old has been a lifelong fan of Manchester United. 

While recounting his first attempt to purchase the club, Ratcliffe stated that he planned to submit a bid higher than the club’s valuation. 

Meanwhile, former England captain David Beckham, who spent more than ten years at Manchester United has stated that he is open to holding talks with potential bidders for the club, Financial Times reported. 

This is after it has been reported that the football legend is having difficulty raising the fund. He has however called on other interested investors to join him to bid for the club. 

Reacting to the development, Manchester United shares were up at nearly 19 percent at the opening of market on Wednesday. This is in addition to the 14 percent gain it recorded on Tuesday afternoon. 

In a similar development, Manchester United fans have called for fresh investment and new ownership to boost the title chances of the club after many years of unimpressive performance. 

“Our club needs new investment more than ever. That requires new ownership,” the fans group stated in a statement. 

They added that the fans group should be given the opportunity to have a say in the future of the club.

“Any new ownership structure must embed supporters, including a degree of fan share ownership, in their operating model,” they noted. 

With a record of 20 English League titles, 12 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 3 European Champions Cups, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup, Manchester United is undoubtedly one of the most successful clubs in the world.

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2022 World Cup: $220 Worth Football Competition Begin on Sunday

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As the World anticipates the most watched sporting event scheduled to begin on Sunday, the organiser, FIFA, and the host country, Qatar have perfected plans to host the most expensive sporting event in the world so far. 

Investors King learnt that the government of Qatar is spending a sum of $220 billion to host the three weeks event which will kick start in three days with an opening match between the host country, Qatar, and Ecuador at the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium. 

The last world cup which was held in 2018 and hosted by Russia was valued at $11.6 billion. This represents an increase of about 1800%.

Although the host country, Qatar built a new city, new airports, and new stadiums to host the event, observers however opined that the sum expended toward the event is unnecessary and flamboyant.

Ahead of the event, it was learnt that a number of participating countries have arrived in the Middle East country. 

The United States and Australia are the first teams to arrive for this year’s edition of the FIFA world cup. 

It could be noted that Qatar is the first country in the middle east to host the world cup event while it is the smallest country so far to ever host the world football event. 

Meanwhile, to host a hitch-free event, Qatar has partnered with some countries to ensure utmost security at the sporting event which is expected to attract about 1.6 million visitors. 

Thirteen countries, including the U.S., UK, Turkey, France, Germany, and Pakistan, are sending security personnel to Qatar to bolster security at the World Cup tournament.

The United Kingdom has pledged to send its Royal Navy and Royal Air Force to help secure the sea and air bases during the World Cup. 

Pakistan has sent 500 armed soldiers, Turkey is sending 3,000 riot police officers while the United States Forces have also landed in Doha ahead of the opening event on Sunday. 

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