‘He Knows What is Coming After Him’- Francis Ngannou Sends a Message to His Former Teammate Ciryl Gane

Published 08/17/2021, 12:36 AM EDT
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 17: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon celebrates his KO victory over Cain Velasquez in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Talking Stick Resort Arena on February 17, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC Credits Getty Images)


Francis Ngannou waited on the sidelines as Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane fought it out for the interim heavyweight belt at UFC 265. ‘Bon Gamin’ put on a clinical display and stopped ‘The Black Beast’ in round three after landing a barrage of punches. 

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After the win, he called out former teammate and sparring partner Francis Ngannou for a unification bout. ‘The Predator’, who recently released a video on his YouTube channel, reacted to the fight and shared his thoughts on what is next.

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He said, “I am the king. I am the UFC heavyweight champion. The undisputed UFC heavyweight champion. The real belt is at home. Not the one that they bought at Walmart. The real one is at home.”

Ngannou continued, “When you know, you know. I am sure he is really happy, and he deserves the moment. But he knows what is coming after him. He knows for sure.”

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Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane for all the belts 

Ciryl Gane, who has not put a foot wrong in his UFC career, has an unblemished record. Such has been the level of performances put forth by the Frenchman, that he has also only lost one round in his UFC career.

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For the uninitiated, ‘Bon Gamin’ and ‘The Predator’ are no strangers to each other. The two men were training partners at MMA factory in Paris under Fernand Lopez. It was during his time with MMA factory that ‘The Predator’ joined the UFC and secured his first title shot. However, shortly after, Ngannou parted ways with Lopez and joined Eric Nicksick and Xtreme Couture. 

During Francis’ time with MMA factory, Ngannou and Gane trained together extensively, given that they compete in the same weight class. Therefore, the two men have a very good idea of what the other brings to the table. 

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Needless to say, both men would have developed and grown considerably since the last time they trained with each other. Hence, it will be interesting to see what game plan Lopez and Gane come up with to face a former student and teammate in Ngannou. 

What do you make of Francis Ngannou’s warning to Ciryl Gane? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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