Ciryl Gane is looking to beat the UFC “game”.
Recently, we had a UFC champion in Charles Oliveira crowned after a long and hard-fought road in the UFC. Ciryl Gane is not like that. He only has seven fights in the UFC, but he made them all count.
Now he’s gearing up to fight for his first undisputed UFC title against a familiar foe, his former sparring partner and reigning heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. Gane is aware that this fight with Ngannou is the most important of his career, and the way he looks at it could win him the UFC “game” in some way.
“For me, yes, it’s (Ngannou’s fight) different from Derrick Lewis (at UFC 265), not because it’s Francis, but because he’s the champion, you see”, a explained Gane on The MMA Hour. “And the champion is a very big fighter, with a lot of strength. I like to say it’s the ‘final boss’ (like in my) video games [LAUGHS]. It looks a bit like that. So yes, this time, like always, if I make a mistake, it will be fine, if I make a mistake. If I lose, I’m really okay with that. Like every fight in my career, it’s been like that, but this time I want to take the last step, you see, that’s why it’s a little bit different.
If Gane is feeling any pressure heading into UFC 270, he’s hiding it well. He has already proven himself to be one of the best heavyweights in the sport as he now holds the interim belt. He and his trainer Fernand Lopez are very familiar with Ngannou and his fighting style. They all trained together for a while before Ngannou left. Lopez has spoken several times about how they know Ngannou’s tendencies and are ready for his fighting style.
Gane has yet to lose in his career. He burst onto the UFC scene just three years ago and has been turning heads ever since. If he can beat Ngannou and claim the heavyweight strap, it won’t be the end of this ‘game’. In fact, Gane might find himself in an “assassination row” of fighters waiting to try his hand at the new boss. Former champion Stipe Miocic and former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones await the champion backstage on January 23.
Who do you think will win and become the UFC’s ‘final boss’ at heavyweight on Jan. 22, Francis Ngannou or Ciryl Gane?