Francis Ngannou Reveals What Makes Ciryl Gane Stand Out From Other Heavyweights in the UFC

Published 12/31/2021, 10:00 AM EST
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 28: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Target Center on June 28, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is all set to defend his title against Ciryl Gane. The two will clash on January 22, 2022, at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Ngannou is preparing for the title unification matchup amidst his contract dispute.

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UFC 270 is the last fight in his contract. If he defends the belt, the contract will extend with the addition of more fights. If not, they will brand him as a ‘restricted free agent’. The drama between the MMA promotion and the French fighter began earlier this year.

The Predator declined to fight Derrick Lewis for a rematch, which consequently made his relationship with UFC Dana White plummet. Prior to his upcoming Ciryl Gane fight, Ngannou released a video of himself talking about the biggest names of the fight game from MMA to Boxing. In the same video, he talked about his next apparent; Ciryl Gane.

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He praised him and shared, “Ciryl Gane, really good as a fighter and as a man as well. Very nice guy. His movement and his speed, those two things stands out basically for heavyweight. I mean lightweight all those guys, they fight like that. If he fights as those lighter division you know not like a heavyweight. Heavyweight, usually they stand and bank.”

Francis Ngannou has always been very respectful when giving his opinions about any fighter.

Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane: Early predictions

Both the fighters are looking deadly prior to the major event. Many people and analysts are calling this match one of the biggest heavyweight title fights in MMA history.

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On one hand, Ngannou is boasting his insane knockout power with a 5 win streak. On the other, Gane is looking unbeatable with his pristine 10-0 pro MMA career record.

Stakes are very high for both fighters. In the end, one will hold the championship belt and also maintain his winning streak.

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Who are you rooting for? Francis Ngannou or Ciryl Gane? Share your picks and prediction with us in the comment section down below.

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Siddharth Negi

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Siddharth Negi is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. This English graduate, who has been following MMA and the culture surrounding the sport for almost four years, elected to fuse his degree and interest to provide fans with the background information beyond the fights. Negi believes that combining his vast knowledge and curiosity for every little fact of the sport with his love for language can bring a change to the reader’s point of view.

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