WATCH: Francis Ngannou’s Live Reaction to Ciryl Gane’s Flawless Performance Against Derrick Lewis at UFC 265

Published 08/08/2021, 11:55 AM EDT
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)


Ciryl Gane bettered Derrick Lewis in the main event of the UFC 265 pay-per-view. ‘Bon Gamin’ put on a flawless performance to capture the interim heavyweight title. The undisputed champion, Francis Ngannou, kept a close eye on how things unfolded as two top heavyweights clashed.

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‘The Predator’ was on a yacht in Los Angeles as he watched the duo collide. He dismissed the legitimacy of the interim belt but agreed upon the fact that the fight was expected to be a barn-burner. Of course, he was monitoring his next opponent to face for the unification bout.

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Hey, what’s up, guys? We are here, chilling, watching the fights,” said Ngannou. “I’m gonna watch my fellow contenders. And see who is gonna fight for the real belt,” he added.

It’s gonna be a fun fight, though. Interesting fight to watch. I don’t know about you, but actually I am excited about the fight even though I don’t validate it. The belt or whatever it is. But yes, it is a really good fight. So, enjoy the fight and see you soon,” was his ultimate message.

Gane once again showcased his unique talent. The French fighter has won over the UFC faithful in a short period. He will fight his former training partner next for the undisputed title.

Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane: Who takes it?

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Gane is a nightmare match-up for the heavy hitters. But, unlike Lewis, Ngannou has the gift of athleticism on his side. Also, the Cameroonian showed some incredible improvement in his recent fight against Stipe Miocic. His new cautious approach is a scary proposition for any opponent. But that might not be as effective against someone like Gane.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon reacts after his victory over Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Both fighters have trained for a considerable amount of time with each other. So, each man will have a fair idea of what to expect from the other. Gane is certainly the more skilled individual. But Ngannou has proved his doubters wrong repeatedly. So, it might all come down to who can execute their game plan better come fight night.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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