Ciryl Gane and Francis Ngannou have a strange relationship heading into their fight at UFC 270. Gane's coach has problems with Ngannou, and the Cameroonian champion is not fond of his former coach either.
Recently, Francis Ngannou spoke out about the sparring footage between him and UFC interim champion, Ciryl Gane. Gane recently spoke with French YouTube channel La Sueur and admitted the sparring footage didn't tell the whole picture.
“It’s true, that in that clip — I’m not gonna lie — it was soft sparring and I could confidently develop my game,” UFC interim champion Gane said. “There were other sessions where he had more of the edge. One time it was me, one time it was him. To say that he was far ahead, no, it’s not necessarily true. But it’s true that this particular clip made me look good.”
Although he admitted the sparring footage was no big deal. The current UFC interim champion got brutally honest when discussing the actual matchup at UFC 270.
“We’re not here to try and counter his strengths. We don’t want to try and be stronger than him. Till today, I’ve never seen anyone as powerful, as athletic, with such knockout power. I’ve never seen it. In terms of strength, he might be the most impressive guy in UFC’s history,” said the French UFC fighter. “I’m not gonna try to become stronger than him in three months.”
“Obviously, as soon as I sparred with him I could feel what kind of fighter he is. He’s not particularly technical-oriented. And we could see it during the sparring because when I was going technical I could see that I was ahead,” he continued. “And as soon as he used his power, it was kind of ruining the flow. I very clearly felt his punching power. … If we’re both going 100%, and if he can’t hit me, it’s hard to believe that he could stay clean for all five rounds. There will be some flaws in his game for sure. If I can avoid getting hit I think we can apply the game plan and win the fight.”
Ciryl Gane vs Francis Ngannou is going to be a very interesting and high-level fight at UFC 270. The two are expected to participate in a very exciting fight.