The new interim UFC heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane has shown a desire to fight the heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou in Paris and wants the fight to happen in December or January.
Ciryl Gane captured the interim heavyweight title with a third-round TKO of Derrick Lewis at UFC 265, is expected to unify the belts with reigning champion Ngannou next. But he wants to face Francis at a particular location and that place is his hometown Paris. He has also an ideal date for this fight which according to him should take place in December of this year or January of next year.
In his recent interview with BJPENN.com, he expressed his plans for his title fight against Francis Ngannou.
“I’m going to rest a little bit because I started to prepare for camp in July of last year. Since then, I have continued every week to prepare a new fight, just fight-after-fight-after-fight,” Gane said to BJPENN.com. “I just want to rest a little bit and I have my wife due soon with my daughter. It complicates training camp a little bit but maybe the end of this year or the beginning of 2022. If it’s possible in France as well.”
“For the first UFC event in Paris, France it will be a success for sure,” Gane said. “It will be really great.”
He also talked about his excitement for his first championship fight against a challenger like Francis who was his former teammate. He talked about how he feels about Ngannou as a matchup and what this fight means for him and his career.
“It was good, it was really crazy for me. I just started MMA and he was already in the top-five so it was crazy to spar with this big name. I do feel lucky a little bit,” Gane explained. “We did spar a little bit, but not too much… No, we aren’t really close. We both have changed since we sparred, we do have some videos but I don’t know exactly how we will prepare for this fight but my coach will do the job.”
“Yes, he is more well-rounded, 100 percent. He has more conditioning and is an athlete too. The people want to see this fight and it will be a really big fight,” Gane concluded.
This fight will be a really intriguing matchup considering the fighting styles of both Gane and Ngannou.
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