“Patient Francis Is a Thing Now” – Israel Adesanya Calls Ciryl Gane a Dangerous Matchup for Francis Ngannou

Published 08/10/2021, 12:11 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria celebrates after defeating Paulo Costa of Brazil in their middleweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)


Ciryl Gane defeated Derrick Lewis and became the new UFC interim heavyweight champion at UFC 265. Now, many believe that ‘Bon Gamin’ is one of the most dangerous heavyweight contenders, as he stopped someone who is well-known as the no. 1 knockout artist. One such person includes the current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.

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At UFC 265, Gane dominated the ‘Black Beast’ for the entire fight. Lewis could land only 16 strikes out of 37 compared to Gane’s 98 strikes out of 122. ‘Bon Gamin’ was the one who was doing all the damage. As a result, he eventually claimed a third-round TKO victory. 

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This magnificent TKO victory made many believe that Gane is a dangerous heavyweight contender. And the current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya also shares the same belief. 

In a recent video of his YouTube channel named ‘FREESTYLEBENDER’, Adesanya talked about Gane’s fighting game while watching the fight live.

‘The Last Stylebender’ said – “If I was gonna bet, I will bet my money on Gane. Cuz, if you have eyes for this game, you’ll know that this guy is (points towards his head) cerebral”.

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Israel Adesanya is excited about Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane.

Now that Gane is the UFC interim heavyweight champion, he will step inside the octagon against the current UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou soon for a title unification bout. 

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In the same video, Adesanya said – “I like that (x2) because I mean, you have seen Francis’ last fight. He doesn’t fight the way… Patient Francis is a thing now. Yeah, Francis is different now, and he is still the heavyweight champion”.

Ngannou vs. Gane will be one of the best champion vs. champion bouts of this decade. As a result, it excited the entire MMA community about this potential intriguing heavyweight clash. 

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What do you make of what Israel Adesanya had to say about Ciryl Gane’s fighting game? Are you excited about Ngannou vs. Gane?

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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