Ciryl Gane Determined to Dethrone Heavyweight Champ Francis Ngannou at UFC 270

    Ciryl Gane is one win away from exactly where he wants to be.

    Not even a dozen fights into his career, Gane has only one more opponent to solve before entering rarified territory. If he gets his hand raised in his next fight, Gane will become UFC heavyweight champion.

    Yet standing in Gane’s way is Francis Ngannou, a man that looks like Goliath and shares the backstory of David. The reigning heavyweight champion, Ngannou will present a plethora of problems for Gane when they meet in the main event of UFC 270 this Saturday.

    “I’ve got a lot of respect for him,” Gane said. “He’s come so far and accomplished a lot. I have a lot of respect for that, but this is a big opportunity for me. I’ll be ready.”

    All the extracurricular affairs between Gane (10-0) and Ngannou (16-3) will instantly become moot the moment the fight starts on Saturday. Any perceived animosity from Ngannou strolling past Gane backstage at UFC 268 without saying hello will be forgotten. The bad blood between Ngannou and former coach Fernand Lopez, who is now the head coach for Gane, will no longer be any cause of concern. The narrative will ultimately be told through what transpires in the cage.

    “I am confident in my striking and I am confident in my ground game,” said Gane, who will need to avoid those ferocious strikes from Ngannou. “Whether we are down on the ground or standing, I’m going to take control wherever I can.“

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