Ngannou To Fans Who Said He Could Only Win By KO: You Were Wrong

Although UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou revealed that if he could have chosen his path to victory against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 it would have been via knockout, proving people wrong worked out well also. With the eyes of practically every fan on him and the talk in all circles surrounding his uncertain future […]

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Although UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou revealed that if he could have chosen his path to victory against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 it would have been via knockout, proving people wrong worked out well also.

With the eyes of practically every fan on him and the talk in all circles surrounding his uncertain future and ongoing dispute with the UFC, Ngannou didn’t buckle under the pressure.

In fact, much like his knee brace held up his torn MCL and damaged ACL through five rounds of action, Ngannou’s focus, perseverance, and the team around him held up his self-belief, something that would prove to be crucial on his path to victory.

Having pushed through multiple areas of adversity, “The Predator” made it to the Octagon for the first pay-per-view main event of 2022 with a point to prove. After two rounds of comfortable control on the feet for Gane, that point looked to be fading.

But after metaphorically catching that point and slamming it to the ground in the third round, the Cameroon native used his improved wrestling game to add the first blemish to his former teammate’s record.

Having been unable to get close to “Bon Gamin” on the feet, it was undoubtedly the strategic adjustment to takedowns and ground control that turned the tide last Saturday. Having seen Gane’s reaction to it at the end of the third round, Ngannou said he knew it was to be smooth sailing for the remaining 10 minutes.

Ngannou Happy To Prove Doubters Wrong Despite KO Preference

Prior to UFC 270, the prevailing narrative was that the unification showdown was a case of power vs. technique on the feet. Very few even discussed the possibility of either party choosing to initiate a wrestling sequence, and even fewer believed Ngannou would be capable of engineering a victory with it.

While he sees the opportunity to have proven his doubters wrong and show he can go five rounds, even when grappling is involved, as a good thing, Ngannou still admits he’d have chosen a KO if he could have.

“I didn’t know, for sure, that it was gonna be a grappling match. But I have that as an option, that it could be a grappling match,” Ngannou said during his appearance at the post-fight press conference. “Basically, because I wasn’t very comfortable on my stand, I wasn’t very stable, so I was very concerned. I couldn’t move properly, and against a guy who moves as well as Ciryl, It was very tough for me, the standup part. But he kind of gave me the opportunity; came to me at first with those takedowns… My team recommended me to keep doing that, work on the wrestling and grapple because we were pretty confident about our skills.

“Neither do I (expect to see me fight five rounds), I haven’t seen me fight for so long [LAUGHS]. The wrestling has been part of my game from the beginning. I’ve been working on (it), maybe it wasn’t good enough, but I never had a chance to prove it,” added Ngannou. “If I would’ve chose, it would’ve been a knockout man [LAUGHS]. This five rounds, it wasn’t my call. But meanwhile, it was a good thing because I finally had a chance to prove that I can do it. Everybody counts me out when it goes to five rounds, ‘Ah, Ciryl by decision! Only way Francis wins is by knockout,’ but you were wrong.”

With another wrinkle added to his game, Ngannou has displayed his development from knockout artist to all-round mixed martial artist. That’s certainly a scary prospect for the rest of the division should he agree to a new deal with the UFC and continue his reign.

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Ciryl Gane Unsurprised By Francis Ngannou Grappling, Wants Future Rematch

Ciryl GaneFormer interim UFC heavyweight champion, Ciryl Gane has claimed that he was not surprised with Francis Ngannou’s decision to wrestle and grapple with him at UFC 270 last night. And wants to secure a rematch with the Batie native in the future. Gane, who suffered his first professional mixed martial arts loss in the main […]

Ciryl Gane

Former interim UFC heavyweight champion, Ciryl Gane has claimed that he was not surprised with Francis Ngannou’s decision to wrestle and grapple with him at UFC 270 last night. And wants to secure a rematch with the Batie native in the future.

Gane, who suffered his first professional mixed martial arts loss in the main event of UFC 270, found himself on the receiving end of a unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) defeat against Ngannou – with the latter choosing to employ a quite surprising grappling and wrestling-heavy approach.

Ciryl Gane saw his seven-fight undefeated streak in the UFC halted by Francis Ngannou

From the third round onward, Ngannou managed to secure a total of four successful takedowns against Gane, who had found himself facing up from the canvas for the first time in his Octagon tenure. 

Speculation mounted early during Ngannou’s walk to the Octagon that he was dealing with a knee injury, after he entered the Octagon sporting compression supports on both knees, with many also questioning if he was preparing to wrestle and grapple with Gane.

One person who appeared more than expecting of Ngannou’s wrestling was Gane himself, who insisted he was unsurprised by the offence he found himself on the receiving end of.

“It (the wrestling) was not a surprise,” Ciryl Gane told media backstage at the UFC 270 post-fight press conference. “We (MMA Factory Paris) knew already it was one of his (Francis Ngannou) biggest chances to win some rounds. He did it and he did it very well, so good job. … We knew it already it was the biggest chance he had.”

“He really didn’t surprise me in the striking, the Muay Thai, the wrestling,” Ciryl Gane continued. “The wrestling was not really great wrestling. It was more about the power. I was not really surprised about all of that, but he did well. He did well.”

Eager to land a rematch with the now-undisputed heavyweight champion, Gane hopes Ngannou remains under the UFC’s banner in order to score a second fight with him.

“This is a reality,” Ciryl Gane said. “This is hurting me a lot but this is the truth. I hope tomorrow I’m going to improve. I’m going to do more to be a better version of myself. … If he leaves like that, I won’t want that. I want my rematch. I want to do this fight a second time. I want this fight. I want this rematch.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)

Ciryl Gane Hopeful Francis Ngannou Stays In UFC: “I Want My Rematch”

Ciryl Gane wants the UFC to come to terms with heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou on a new deal so he can eventually get a rematch.

Gane fell short via a unanimous decision against Ngannou at UFC 270. After finding his range on the feet early in …

Ciryl Gane

Ciryl Gane wants the UFC to come to terms with heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou on a new deal so he can eventually get a rematch.

Gane fell short via a unanimous decision against Ngannou at UFC 270. After finding his range on the feet early in the fight, Ngannou’s improved wrestling gave Gane fits as the fight went on.

Ngannou and the UFC have been at odds for months over negotiations of a new contract. A new deal didn’t come to fruition leading up to UFC 270, and Ngannou’s future with the promotion remains uncertain.

But Gane wants Ngannou to stay in the UFC so they can run it back at some point. During his UFC 270 post-fight press conference, Gane opined on Ngannou possibly leaving the promotion and transitioning to boxing.

“If he leave like that, I don’t want that,” Gane said. “I want my rematch. I want to do this fight a second time. I want this fight. I want this rematch.”

Gane was then asked by a reporter whether or not it’ll be a relief to not deal with the Ngannou pre-fight drama in a potential rematch.

“No, I was ready for this one….All the (stories) around this fight was just stories. It was not important for me. I was just focused on my target. And no, no, no, if we have a rematch, I’m gonna be focused, but I’m gonna improve on my weakness.”

Ngannou and Gane never seemed to have bad blood with one another, but Ngannou’s issues with coach Fernand Lopez have been widely publicized. In addition to promoting Gane, Lopez had taken shots at Ngannou throughout the pre-fight buildup.

Ngannou is widely expected to face former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones next, although Jones didn’t seem impressed with Ngannou’s performance. As for Gane, he’ll look to rebound from the first defeat of his career and get back to the heavyweight title shot at some point.

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Jon Jones on Francis Ngannou, Ciryl Gane After UFC 270: ‘I’m F–king Them Both Up’

Amid speculation that he could move up to heavyweight, Jon Jones chimed in on his thoughts about Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane after their showdown at UFC 270…

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5 Fights We Need to See After UFC 270

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UFC 270 went down on Saturday night in Anaheim, California. It was the promotion’s first pay-per-view of the year and, while it was a little thin on big names, it ended up being a solid start to the 2022 pay-per-view calendar…