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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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U.S Consortium Agrees Terms to Buy Chelsea for £4.25 Billion

A U.S. consortium led by Todd Boehly, Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Hansjoerg Wyss has agreed to purchase Chelsea

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A U.S. consortium led by Todd Boehly, Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Hansjoerg Wyss has agreed to purchase Chelsea, English Premier League (EPL) club, for £4.25 Billion.

The agreement was after Russian owner, Roman Abramovic was forced by the British government to exit the club following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Abramovic, a Russian Oligarch, was accused of having ties with President Vladimir Putin after 19 years of managing the club.

In a statement  released by Chelsea on Saturday, the U.S. consortium will pay £2.5 billion to acquire all the club shares. The amount would be donated to charities as previously agreed with Abramovich.

The group will invest £1.75 billion in the club.

“Chelsea Football Club can confirm that terms have been agreed for a new ownership group, led by Todd Boehly, Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Hansjoerg Wyss, to acquire the Club,” it read.

“Of the total investment being made, £2.5bn will be applied to purchase the shares in the Club and such proceeds will be deposited into a frozen UK bank account with the intention to donate 100% to charitable causes as confirmed by Roman Abramovich. UK Government approval will be required for the proceeds to be transferred from the frozen UK bank account.

“In addition, the proposed new owners will commit £1.75bn in further investment for the benefit of the Club. This includes investments in Stamford Bridge, the Academy, the Women’s Team and Kingsmeadow and continued funding for the Chelsea Foundation.

“The sale is expected to complete in late May subject to all necessary regulatory approvals. More details will be provided at that time.”

Boehly is a billionaire investor and a businessman estimated to worth £3.6 billion, according to Forbes.

Boehly, 46, has a minority stake in La Lakers, co-owned LA Dodgers and also co-owns Los Angeles sparks, a US women’s basketball team.

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Adidas Halts Partnership With Russian Football Federation

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German multinational corporation, Adidas is the latest establishment to react to Russia’s invasion of neighbouring country, Ukraine.

The Vladimir Putin-led country has been listed for a number of sanctions since it invaded Ukrain in what the president describes as a ‘special military action’ on Ukraine. The sanctions range from trading relationships to other diplomatic relationships. However, other private establishments have joined in punitive reaction to Russia’s attack.

Recent updates reveal that the German multinational corporation has suspended its 14-year partnership with the Russian Football Federation. This is coming only briefly after the world football body, Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), reacted by suspending the Russian football body.

Adidas has joined other establishments like Visa, Maersk, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, BP, Etsy, Airbnb, Shell, Netflix, Mastercard among others.

The number of organisations taking action against Russia is growing and this is in reaction to the growing war between Russia and Ukraine. According to Forbes Middle East, the International Olympics Committee had on Monday, 28th February, requested that sports organisations around the world ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing in any competition both regionally and globally.

On Friday, 25th February, the Eurovision song contest banned Russia from competing in this year’s competition, disclosing that it was not in support of the country’s move to invade Ukraine. And Formula 1 also cancelled the Russian Grand Prix for 2022.

This is also coming up as the U.S. and other Western allies voted to remove some Russian banks from SWIFT over the weekend, and performed a number of sanctions on Russian financial institutions. President Vladimir Putin has also been directly served sanction with the United State of America freezing his personal assets and those of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other wealthy Russian oligarchs.

Adidas’s suspension of its partnership with the Russian Football Federation is coming after the two entities had only renewed partnership in 2018. It is also notable that this is coming when preparations for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are already on the way.

The football associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland have also said that they will refuse to play against Russia in any competition.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Earn N970.7 Million Per Post on Instagram After Amassing 400 Million Followers

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Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly makes N970.7 million or £1.7 million per post on Instagram after becoming the first person to amass 400 million followers on the social media platform.

The five ballon d’Or winner, who current plied his trader in Manchester, England, has gathered a mass fan base over the course of his career, but since he returned to Manchester United this summer his follower count has shot up by 163 million, outgrowing Keeping Up with the Kardashians star Kylie Jenner.

With that amount of exposure, money follows as it’s naturally one of the best avenues of advertisement, and Ronaldo is making a killing from Instagram alone before any of his other income streams are even considered.

When Ronaldo arrived back at United in September 2021, he had a follower count of 237 million which has almost now doubled in just the space of five months.

Back then, it was estimated that Cristiano Ronaldo was raking in an average of £1,019,100 per Instagram post, but with the growth of his account, betting experts OLBG have revealed how much Ronaldo could be earning from one upload.

Due to Ronaldo’s new influx of followers, the value of each individual post rises to £1,720,000, with his uploads averaging 10 million likes every time his profile gets a new piece of content.

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