‘It’s Just an Interim Title’ – Ciryl Gane Says Francis Ngannou Is Worrying for No Reason

Published 07/04/2021, 10:26 AM 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)


Ciryl Gane is all set to face Derrick Lewis for the UFC interim heavyweight title at UFC 265. Following Gane’s dominating victory in his last fight, many believe that he deserves this interim title shot. However, there are some people who believe that by making this fight the UFC has wronged Francis Ngannou.

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Ngannou wasn’t ready to fight Lewis in August but was available to face Lewis in September. Therefore, when the UFC announced an interim title fight between Gane and Lewis, many were surprised. During a recent interview, even Gane was asked if it surprised him that this opportunity came his way.

To this ‘Bon Gamin’ said, “A little bit yes because we knew normally it would be Francis against Derrick Lewis. But Francis wasn’t free for a fight in August so they chose me.”

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Gane also talked about how he doesn’t feel bad for Ngannou but understands his situation. Gane said, “No, I can understand, but for me, it’s just an interim title, so the champion is still Francis. So if I was Francis, this would mean nothing to me.”

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This whole situation in the UFC heavyweight division has been really complex since Ngannou became champion. The UFC first teased a potential super fight between Jon Jones and Ngannou to happen. Then as Jones and the UFC couldn’t reach an agreement, a rematch with Miocic was on the cards.

Ultimately, they decided that Ngannou would face Lewis in a title fight, however even that got canceled and they have now finally set a fight between Gane and Lewis for the interim title.

What to expect from the fight between Ciryl Gane and Derrick Lewis?

Ciryl Gane has had a very impressive start to his MMA career and has a professional MMA record of (9-0). In all of his fights, Gane has shown he has immense skill inside the cage and can win a fight in many ways. Gane has won 3 of his fights via TKO, 3 via Submission, and 3 via decision.

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On the other hand, his opponent Derrick Lewis is a much more experienced MMA fighter and has a record of (25-7). The fighter is one of only 2 men to have defeated Francis Ngannou in his UFC career. ‘The Black Beast’ is coming into this fight on the back of  4 consecutive victories against fighters like Curtis Blaydes and Aleksei Oleinik.

Who do you think will win the much-anticipated fight between Ciryl Gane and Derrick Lewis? Let us know in the comments.

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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