UFC revealed details about their first pay-per-view event of 2022 during Saturday’s “Fight Night” broadcast. The promotion unveiled that UFC 270 will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, USA on January 22nd.
The event will be the promotion’s first event in the state of California since August 2019.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced UFC to hold events in just a few locations since 2020, although the promotion has been branching out and returning to locations through their numbered PPV series.
Along with a previously reported title unification fight between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane at heavyweight, UFC confirmed a trilogy fight at flyweight between Brandon Moreno and Deiveison Figueiredo.
It was first rumored earlier this month that the trilogy fight, which was first booked for UFC 269 in December, would be bumped to UFC 270. The announcement on Saturday confirms that.
Three Fights Join UFC 270
Three fights that weren’t previously reported by Knockdown News were also revealed during Saturday’s announcement.
Undefeated welterweight Michael Morales will make his UFC debut when going up against Trevin Giles. Morales has a flawless 12-fight pro record that includes a win on “Dana White’s Contender Series” from last month. Giles had a three-fight winning streak snapped in July, getting stopped by Dricus Du Plessis.
Saimon Oliveira will also get his first UFC bout at the event, facing Tony Gravely at bantamweight. Oliveira earned a UFC contract last month with a win on TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series.”
Gravely will be fighting to bounce back from a loss he took to Nate Maness in September.
Flyweights Poliana Botelho and Kim Ji-yeon will attempt to get back to their winning ways at the PPV. Both fighters have lost their last two bouts via decision.
Bout 8: Francis Ngannou (16-3) vs. Ciryl Gane (10-0) (UFC Heavyweight Championship)
Bout 7: Brandon Moreno (19-5-2) vs. Deiveson Figueiredo (20-2-1) (UFC Flyweight Championship)
Bout 6: Jared Cannonier (14-5) vs. Derek Brunson (23-7) (Middleweight)
Bout 5: Greg Hardy (7-4) vs. Aleksei Oleinik (59-16-1) (Heavyweight)
Bout 4: Cody Stamann (19-4-1) vs. Said Nurmagomedov (14-2) (Bantamweight)
Bout 3: Michael Morales (12-0) vs. Trevin Giles (14-3) (Welterweight)
Bout 2: Tony Gravely (21-7) vs. Saimon Oliveira (18-3) (Bantamweight)
Bout 1: Poliana Botelho (8-4) vs. Kim Ji-yeon (9-4-2) (Flyweight)