“He’s in a Heavyweight’s Body With a Mind of a Lightweight”- Teddy Atlas Explains How Ciryl Gane Reminds Him of Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury

Published 01/13/2022, 9:15 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)


As Francis Ngannou versus Ciryl Gane is all set to happen soon, all the sports pundits are making their predictions for the power-packed heavyweight clash between the two champions. And one of them is boxing legend Teddy Atlas.

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Speaking with his co-host Ken Rideout on his podcast, The Fight, Teddy Atlas dwelled into the intricacies of what makes ‘Bon Gamin’ an exceptional fighter. Remarkably, he compared the Frenchman to none other than boxing champion Tyson Fury.

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“He’s one of those rarities. That has the size, has power, maybe not to the level that Ngannou has. But he has size. He has those things. That you either have them or you don’t have them. But he also has the other things, the technique, the development, you know, the guile if you will,” Atlas told Rideout. “Just the good fundamentals and sophistication that usually you connect with smaller guys.”

“In some way, he reminds me a little bit of Tyson Fury. Fury’s this giant, huge mammoth of a man. And usually, you don’t see the agility connected to that and the sophistication of style and technique connected to that as you do with Fury. That’s what makes him so novel. So unique, so special that he has the combination and I see that with Gane.”

Atlas especially stressed on Gane’s fluid movements and presence of mind that separates him from the regular 265-pound lot. At last, he made a generalization of Gane’s technique with a mythological connotation “He’s like Goliath with David’s brain. He’s in a heavyweight’s body with a mind of a lightweight.”

Teddy Atlas compares Ciryl Gane vs. Francis Ngannou with Godzilla and King Kong

Teddy Atlas is really excited for Ciryl Gane vs. Francis Ngannou’s title unifier. On his podcast, he broke down every single minute detail of the fighter’s style and the end result of the bout.

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Meanwhile, Atlas has great hopes for the heavyweight showdown and expects a mythical performance from the heavyweight giants. In the latest episode of his podcast, Atlas and his co-host Rideout touted the UFC 270 main event as the ‘Godzilla vs. King Kong’ showdown.

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Cyril Gane(10-0) will lock horns with Francis Ngannou on January 22nd at the Honda Center, Anaheim, California, to settle who gets to be the ‘Baddest man on the planet’ in 2022.

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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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