‘To Prove That He’s the Man’- Francis Ngannou Says They Released Only Selective Video Footage of Ciryl Gane Training With Him

Published 12/27/2021, 5:45 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon prepares to fight Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname in their heavyweight fight during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Francis Ngannou is preparing to take on the interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane at UFC 270. When the bout was announced, a video of Ngannou and Gane training was released, and the fight was dubbed as a battle between two training partners. In the video, ‘Bon Gamin’ could be seen holding his own against Ngannou. This got fans talking about the matchup.

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However, the champion didn’t have the same reaction to it. According to him, it was a marketing strategy as they only released select footage.

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In a recent interview, he said, “I mean when I saw that footage, my first reaction was laughing because I know exactly what happened at those training sessions. But this is the thing when they want to do some highlight. They always choose the part of the video that they used. And they have a lot of videos like that. Because at that time they were filming our training session to promote him, his fight and everything.”

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“So, there was a lot of footage from those few training sessions. But a lot of them never came out and would never come out. And I know for a fact that they would never come out. It’s about to make him look better and make me look bad. You know, to prove that he’s the man.”

Francis Ngannou says “they” are really good at manipulation

In the lead-up to the Ngannou-Gane fight, people look at the French fighter as a genuine threat to Ngannou’s title run. ‘Bon Gamin‘ is fast, light on his feet, and also possesses the power to knock people out. He moves around the octagon like a middleweight, which he showed against Derrick Lewis. However, the champion is dismissive of that.

According to him, it’s very intriguing how the narrative is changed so quickly. He said, “I’m like, wow, how easy is that, to manipulate people, which is they are really good at, manipulation.”

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The Cameroonian mixed martial artist is one of the heaviest strikers in all combat sports and can knock anyone out with one punch. He is currently on a five-fight win streak, having won all of those fights via knockout.

Gane, on the other hand, is undefeated in his professional fighting career. He is 10-0 with seven of those wins coming in the UFC.

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All records will go out of the window and fans will come to know the truth of the videos when both men take to the octagon at UFC 270.

What do you think of the statements made by Ngannou? Who, according to you, will win the fight? Let us know in the comments below!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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