At UFC 270, the MMA community is going to experience what is being called the biggest heavyweight fight of all time. Francis Ngannou is all set to defend his title against Cyril Gane inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The fight has gained immense attention due to the sheer significance of the fighters and the narrative of both the fighters. Fighters who come from the same country, have trained in the same gym and used to be roommates.
As time went by the fighters experienced a major fallout and now hate each other. The bad blood and animosity between the Ngannou and Gane has made this upcoming heavyweight title fight way more interesting and gravitating.
Ahead of the fight on January 22, there was a sparring clip that went viral in which Ngannou and Gane can be seen in a training session. In that clip, Gane was looking way better than expected and was throwing some good hits at the champion.
But, with that video, some obvious controversies followed it. According to many fans, the clip was edited in a way it showed Gane more dominant. Even Gane came out and explained the fact that the clip of the sparring session made him look better. The Frenchman revealed that there were times in the training where Ngannou had the best of him.
Ngannou believes that Gane’s team have tampered with the sparring clip
In the recent UFC 270 countdown video posted on the UFC’s YouTube channel. Ngannou explained his opinions regarding the viral sparring clip. The French-Cameroonian explained that the training footage was modified in a certain way that made him look bad. Gane’s team has another video where he knocked out Gane during sparring. “They also have some video that is Ciryl getting knocked down in the sparring,” said Ngannou.
According to Ngannou, Gane’s team have the video but they hid it and didn’t want to send it. Since it would show their fighter was weak. The champ expressed that just because he has trained with Gane‘s team in the past they would think that they know everything about him but he has grown a lot.
In these three years, he has trained hard. He has unlocked several new skills and techniques which will come as surprise during the fight. “I’m familiar with them, they are not familiar with me,” said Ngannou.
It’s difficult to say who actually dominated in the sparring session and at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. Everything will be sorted once the first bell will ring on January 22. It would be interesting to see if Gane really has what it takes to stop ‘the predator’.