Ciryl Gane Wants Francis Ngannou After Junior Dos Santos Win

Published 12/09/2020, 11:20 AM EST

UFC heavyweight contender Ciryl Gane has been making strides in the heavyweight division. A former teammate to the Predator, Francis Ngannou, Gane feels that a fight against him is inevitable.


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Especially if he gets the win against former heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos this weekend. Gane is still extremely young in his professional MMA career. He is currently 6-0 as a professional. Three of those fights have been in the UFC.

Gane last fought back in December 2019 against Tanner Boser at UFC Fight Night 165 – Edgar vs. The Korean Zombie.


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Ciryl Gane on Francis Ngannou

Gane will now face off against Dos Santos this weekend at UFC 256. He is looking to continue his win streak and make a statement against the former champion.

Speaking to The Bash MMA Gane explained, “I think now, the division, for me, if I win against Junior, it’s going to be really close in the top-10. You understand it. We can’t avoid it,”

The heavyweight contender continued, “It’s something that’s will happen anyway, we cannot avoid that fight, anyway. It is a sport, it is normal.” 

Gane is currently ranked #14 in the UFC heavyweight division and will require a few more wins before he can challenge the likes of Francis Ngannou.

When asked about his relationship with The Predator and if they have met recently, Gane said, “No, because when I arrived at the gym, Francis had already left for Vegas.”

 The two used to be training partners, but now with Ngannou spending most of his time in the United States, Gane believes the friendship is not as strong.

He continued, “I saw Francis a few times when he came back to Paris to prepare for a fight. So, no, I’m not close to Francis now.”

Gane is regarded as one of the top heavyweight prospects in the division. He will now face the toughest test of his career against Junior dos Santos at UFC 256.

UFC 256 : Figueiredo vs. Moreno


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The UFC 256 card will be headlined by the flyweights. Current champion Deiveson Figueiredo is coming fresh off his first-round submission win at UFC 255. The hard-hitting Brazilian will turn around right away to face off against Brandon Moreno, who also fought on the UFC 255 card.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 19: (L-R) Deiveson Figueiredo of Brazil secures a rear choke submission against Joseph Benavidez in their UFC flyweight championship bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 19, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

In the co-main event, Tony Ferguson will return from his loss at UFC 249 to take on the dangerous Charles Oliveira. The lightweights will go head to head to put themselves in title contention once Khabib Nurmagomedov decides on his future.


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Keith D'Souza is part of the Essentially Sports MMA writing team. Having followed the sport since 2013, some of his favorite fighters include Max Holloway, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, and Johny Hendricks. Keith also runs PureMMAIndia, a brand that promotes MMA over social media which aims at growing the sport in India.