Ciryl Gane and her unification against Ngannou: technique vs. can

Ciryl Gane and her unification against Ngannou: technique vs.  can

The bet lines did not fail this time. Frenchman Ciryl Gane appeared as a big favorite in the main event of UFC 265 and lived up to the prognosis. It was almost three rounds of dominance, Derrick Lewis cannot with such a well-worked punch and such a dangerous cardiovascular. There is a new interim champion.

The Houston native was the underdog since Francis Ngannou broke off negotiations with the UFC to star in that pay-per-view. His power can be compared to that of Ngannou, what’s more, he had already defeated a more precarious version of the current monarch, but against Gane his window was very short, he would have to have connected him with force very early to aspire to take victory.

Early 2020 Dana White He anticipated the expected arrival in Paris with an event of his promotion, after several years of efforts the door was opened for the regulation of MMA in a case similar to that of the state of New York. 18 months ago, neither Ngannou nor Gane had the belt.

The possibility of a numbered event in France to see the championship unification still depends on many external factors, but it would be the dream event for the company that recently had to give up its intentions to mount a card in London due to travel restrictions and organization of massive events that persist.

While the venue is defined, the following months will be key for Gane, who has to develop the strategy to beat his former teammate.

The prodigal son

As soon as he was crowned interim champion Cyril Gane took the belt to Fernand Lopez, his coach, who was also Ngannou’s. The symbolic gesture says a lot, especially considering that for most experts, the Cameroonian became champion thanks to leaving Lopez’s camp in France and moving to Las Vegas, where Eric Nicksix tuned it, took that enormous power knockout who had shown and made him a patient fighter, with a better reading of the fight and who was able to dethrone the heavyweight with the best record as monarch, Stipe Miocic.

Francis had not considered that his first defense would be against his former teammate, as his options were referred to a rematch with Miocic, Lewis and former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones as a remote opportunity.

And speaking of light completes, Francis will have to be ready for an opponent who moves like a 205-pound fighter, manages his two guards well, misses a negligible amount of punches, but has the dimensions of a heavyweight. .

They both know each other well, but have had a significant evolution in the last two years. Gane has four wins in the last nine months, all great knockouts like Junior Dos Santos, Jairzinho Rozenstriuk and Alexander Volkov with none of them being able to put him in real danger.

Ngannou says he is ready for anything, but she never imagined that the decision to return to Africa for months to celebrate his championship would trigger the circumstances that will lead him to face the most technical rival in the division, with whom he was his mentor in the opposite corner. , just in his first defense.

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