Francis Ngannou was quick to admit that Ciryl Gane looked great at UFC Fight Night 209, but the UFC heavyweight champion says it’s hard to impress someone he’s already beaten.
Gane (11-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) in his home country, France, in his first UFC event, passes the third round in a wild barn burner Knockout defeated Tai Tuivasa (15-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC). Ngannou (17-3 MMA, 12-2 UFC) also spent a long time in France, where he took part in a chaotic main event contender fight in the cage.
“That game was very much electric,” Ngannou said on ESPN+’s postgame show. “There’s good action in the fight. At some point, you’ll see the fight is half and then it comes back to Ciryl’s side, that’s what I think. As far as distance goes, he’s good at controlling that and being able to Apply that in tonight’s fight. You can see the body (the footage) and that’s what makes him win. It’s like a strategic, technical type fight.”
UFC by Ngannou The latest title challenger for the heavyweight belt is his former training partner Gane. The two big men competed at UFC 270 in January. Ngannou won by unanimous decision, which is why his praise for Gane can only go so far.
“I knew he was a great fighter,” Ngannou said. “It’s hard to answer that for the guy I beat – if I’m impressed with him. He’s here for a reason. I fight him for a reason because he’s probably the No. 1 competition Yes, he’s good, but I’m the champion. Yes, so it’s really hard to impress.”
Although Gane claims to be the UFC No. 1 Heavyweight contender, but Ngannou considered many different options for his next fight. With Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones appearing to be coming back, Ngannou has options – though that’s yet to be determined, as he continues to recover from knee surgery.
“I don’t have any whispers right now,” Ngannou said. “I don’t have any timeline or exact timeline for my return. I’m going to the doctor in a week. I’m following up with the doctor to see But it’s going well. But you have to give it some time. It’s not like it’s going to be great. It’s been five months. (I need) a little more time.”