Former interim UFC heavyweight champion, Ciryl ‘Bon Gamin’ Gane has claimed that he would like to see Francis ‘The Predator’ Ngannou remain in the UFC following their headlining heavyweight title unification bout last night. And hopes to eventually score a rematch with the Batie native.
Gane, who took main event status at UFC 270, suffered the first loss of his professional mixed martial arts career, falling to 10-1 against brief former sparring partner, Ngannou in the form of a wrestling and grappling-heavy unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) loss.
Starting well in the opening round, Gane managed to avoid any big swinging strikes from Ngannou throughout the opening frame, as well as the second round – electing to stick on the outside of the Octagon and attempt to gain reads from the Cameroonian.
However, the tide of the fight began to turn in the third round, when Ngannou stunning took Gane down – becoming the first to do so inside the Octagon, before chalking up a further three successful takedowns against the La Roche-sur-Yon native.
Beyond a hail mary heel hook attempt in the fifth round after Ngannou surprisingly managed to sweep him from the bottom, Gane failed to mount any significant offence in the last frame, dropping his first professional loss.
Eager to avenge his defeat to the Xtreme Couture trainee, Gane explained how he hoped Ngannou would iron out his contractual issues with the promotion, with the view to securing an eventual championship re-run in the future.
“If he (Francis Ngannou) leaves like that, I don’t want that,” Ciryl Gane told assembled media post-fight during the UFC 270 press conference. “I want my rematch. I want to do this fight a second time. I want this fight, I want this rematch.”
While Gane remains interested in a rematch as soon as possible, Ngannou’s contractual situation with the UFC remains wholly up in the air, with the champion clause in the Cameroon native’s contract coming into effect last night following the completion of his eight-fight deal with the promotion.
Ngannou has maintained he will no longer compete for a fight purse of $600,000 – which he netted last night, disclosed, as per the California State Athletic Commission.
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