Here’s How Ciryl Gane Can Beat Francis Ngannou at UFC 270

Published 01/22/2022, 12:01 PM EST
HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 07: Ciryl Gane looks on after defeating Derrick Lewis in the third round of their Heavyweight bout at Toyota Center on July 7, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images )

The Frenchman, Ciryl Gane, has fast become one of the most popular fighters on the UFCs heavyweight roster. ‘Bon Gamin’ is one of the most technically sound strikers in the power-packed division and has the best movement in the division. With that said, many in the MMAs expert column have started calling him the pioneer of the new era of heavyweights.

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However, the question of utmost importance is, is it enough to beat the baddest man on the planet? It is not impossible as the ‘Predator’ has been handed defeat before. One of the fighters who conquered the Cameroonian was none other than ‘The Black Beast’ Derrick Lewis, whom Gane defeated in his last outing. And the key to defeating might be the same strategy that fetched him the interim strap.

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Although there may be a significant power difference between both the strikers, Ciryl Gane is not to be dismissed as weak. ‘Bon Gamin’ boasts of one of the best resumes in the UFC and has a well-rounded stats game as well.

Interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane’s stats

Ciryl Gane is an exceptional fighter who has shown immense potential inside the octagon. Gane has demonstrated his adaptive skills and can improvise according to the situation to best his opponents. Currently, ‘Bon Gamin’ is undefeated in his professional MMA career and boasts of an astounding 10-0 winning streak.

Gane is able to connect  5.37 significant strikes in a minute with an accuracy rate of 57%. Against it, he only absorbs 2.40 strikes, while he deflects 62% of them. ‘Bon Gamin’ is known to execute precisely timed sharp strikes on his opponents as soon as he sees an opening.

Also, he isn’t afraid to go the distance as 3 of his 7 victories in the UFC have come through decisions.

How can Ciryl Gane capture the Heavyweight gold?

As is evident from his past fights, Francis Ngannou is not someone who likes to wait for his opponents and then execute a proper plan. ‘The Predator’ is someone who goes for the hunt and starches his opponent. And one factor that makes him more dangerous than other mighty powerful heavyweight is his speed.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 27: (L-R) Ciryl Gane of France punches Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname in a heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Not only is the Cameroonian overpowered, he also couples it with his speed. So, the only Sureshot way of victory for ‘Bon Gamin’ is to make the fight boring and go the distance. The same thing he did to Alexander Volkov and Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

Gane needs to pick on Ngannou and take the match by the means of a unanimous decision. And that is the tried and tested theory as all three of ‘The Predator’s professional MMA losses have come by the means of unanimous decision.

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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