Francis Ngannou Has a New Name to Look Out For

Published 12/18/2020, 8:47 AM EST


The No. 1 heavyweight contender has a new name to focus on as he seeks to rule the division. A new contender in Ciryl Gane is surging up the rankings and the minds of fans following his statement finish against Junior Dos Santos. The French fighter secured a stunning KO and has jumped seven spots in the rankings.

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“Bon Gamin” is not one to call his opponents out as he rather believes in the philosophy of, ‘anyone, anywhere.’ But, there is one opponent he is not so fond of fighting. This is his teammate Francis Ngannou.

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: Ciryl Gane of France celebrates his submission victory over Don’Tale Mayes in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on October 26, 2019, in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Teammates often fight themselves standing across each other in the octagon, in the UFC. Especially when the stakes are high, they can’t avoid fighting each other anymore. Hence, Gane recently laid out a condition for him to fight Ngannou.

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He believes that it is worth fighting against his teammate only if it is for the undisputed gold. He said, “I think if the UFC does this, please do this for the belt. That’s it, Because, you understand, we’re from the same gym, the same coach.

Gane’s career record stands at an impressive 7-0 and given his ranking, he is set to fight a top contender in 2021.

Francis Ngannou is set to fight for the title next

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Francis Ngannou looks set to fight for the heavyweight title next. Stipe Miocic dominated him in their first fight at UFC 220. Hence ‘The Predator’ will want to prove to the world that he has what it takes to dethrone the division’s most successful champion.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: (L-R) Stipe Miocic punches Francis Ngannou of Cameroon in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

But, he believes the rematch will be different as he lacked the needed experience to fight a long-time champion like Miocic at that time. The fight will take place sometime in 2021. It remains to be seen if the Cameroonian fighter can claim the belt and hold on to it as Gane rises in the division.

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What do you make of Gane’s thoughts on a matchup with Ngannou? Can ‘The Predator‘ become the heavyweight champion?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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