‘His IQ Is Just too Good’- Stephen Thomspon Believes Ciryl Gane Will Defeat Francis Ngannou in Their Upcoming Fight

Published 08/11/2021, 3:23 PM EDT
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)


French native Ciryl Gane just picked up an impressive win over Derrick Lewis at UFC 265 to become the interim heavyweight champion of the world. Bon Gamin will now get ready to face the reigning champion of the division, Francis Ngannou.  

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Undoubtedly one of the more intriguing matchups in the division, Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane has all the makings of a classic heavyweight matchup. On one hand, we have the predator with concussive power in both hands. While on the other is Ciryl Gane, who moves in and out of range like a middleweight.    

Interestingly, Stephen Wonderboy Thompson is of the opinion that the French man will get his hand raised in a fight against the predator. The beloved UFC welterweight made the following statement to back up his claim.  

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” I think Gane can definitely go out there and do it. I mean, from his performance, the way he stays calm, the way he can take blows and just adapt to his opponent mid-fight is just amazing. So, I’m going with Gane as well. Now can Francis go out there and just go, first-round and knock you out, yes absolutely, that’s there. But I feel like his IQ is just too good for that. He won’t let him do that, he’ll be ready for it.” 

Wonderboy’s assertions seem pretty accurate, at least on paper. Gane has repeatedly displayed an ability to keep the fight at the range he wants. His 6’4 inch frame makes him much more intimidating than most of Ngannou’s previous opponents.

In many ways, this could be Francis Ngannou’s toughest fight to date. Ngannou and his team will have to make the necessary adjustments for this tactical heavyweight, who is now 10-0 in the UFC. Or risk losing the belt he worked so hard to earn.

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Ciryl Gane is one win away from being the first native French Champion  

With MMA finally being legalized in France, Ciryl Gane’s ascension in the heavyweight division couldn’t have come at a better time. With the UFC looking to expand in this vastly untapped market, a win over Francis Ngannou will make Gane the face of the UFC in France.

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Furthermore, a win will also make Gane the first French native champion in the UFC, a massive accomplishment for the country.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 25: Ciryl Gane steps on the scale for the official weigh-in for UFC Vegas 30 on June 25, 2021, at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

A fighter with above-average tactical skills and strength, Gane has the potential to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. And should Bon Gamin become champion, one can expect the French man to hold on to it for a considerable amount of time.  

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What do you think? Will Ciryl Gane emerge victorious against Francis Ngannou? Let us know in the comments. 

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