Francis Ngannou Explains Why Ciryl Gane Has Not Yet Lost a Fight in the UFC

Published 12/15/2021, 1:10 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 26: (R-L) Ciryl Gane of France kicks Alexander Volkov of Russia in a heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


At UFC 270, UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is set to face his former teammate and training partner, Ciryl Gane, who is the interim champion. ‘Bon Gamin’ Gane has risen up the ranks in short order and has managed to extend his undefeated run so far.

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However, ‘The Predator’ doesn’t seem to be impressed by Gane’s unbeaten stint. He also brushed off the fact that Gane didn’t have a template drawn out to defeat him yet and talked about how losing helps in the ‘learning process’ for a fighter. Not to mention, Francis Ngannou also shed light on the fact that he has already faced tough tests in his MMA career thus far.

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In a chat with MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn in the lead-up to his first title defense at UFC 270, he said, “Undefeated opponent doesn’t mean anything. For me, I think undefeated just means he has a lack of experience when he comes at some point because he’s not full experience. Losing a fight is learning process as well, so if you haven’t get there, you can’t understand something.”

“I have fight undefeated fighters before, so it’s not my first time and I know how it is. Whether you’re defeated or undefeated, when you get in the cage and they lock that cage and it’s just you and your opponent and nothing matter at that point.”

Francis Ngannou is on the verge of greatness

The Predator’ is one of the biggest stars on the UFC’s roster who is yet to have a massive breakout moment in the mainstream. Given his penchant for violent knockouts, it’s only a matter of time before Ngannou ascends to top-tier star status. Chiefly, it was his obliteration of ‘The Demolition Man’ Alistair Overeem that kicked off his path to stardom.

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Securing a massive KO win over a technical savant-like Gane would be huge for Francis Ngannou’s career. It will reaffirm the fact that he is well-rounded enough with his techniques that he can find the chin of any fighter on the roster.

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With his fluid footwork and high fight IQ, fans believe knocking out an ace like Ciryl Gane could be easier said than done.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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