Not long after the promotion booked the heavyweight title fight between reigning 265-pound champion Francis Ngannou and reigning interim champion Ciryl Gane, scheduled for UFC 270 on January 22 in Anaheim, California, it leaked on line old footage of Ngannou and Gane’s combat, with “The Predator” seemingly at a disadvantage to “Bon Gamin.”
But like this controversial training video, Ngannou insists a featured package was put together to help Gane look like a superior striker. Perhaps that’s a form of “manipulation” and “mind control” by Gane’s head coach and MMA Factory director Fernand Lopez, who had a public (and messy) breakup with Ngannou in 2018.
“When I saw that footage, my first reaction was to laugh. Because I know exactly what happened in those training sessions, ”Ngannou said on his YouTube channel (transcribed by Bloody Elbow). “He’s about to make him look better and make me look bad, to show that he’s the man. Sometimes those things intrigue me a lot. And then how they simply control people’s minds, conditioning them to think. And I say, ‘wow, how easy it is to manipulate people’, they are really good at manipulating. But at the end of the day, like I said, we both know it, everyone knows it for sure. “
The video was filmed to help promote the upcoming fight for Gane, who at the time was still competing for TKO Major League MMA in Canada. It also marks the second time a video has been released in recent months that paints “The Predator” in a negative light, likely the result of UFC president Dana White’s grudge against the powerful Cameroonian.
“There were a lot of images from those few training sessions. But many of them never came out and would never come out, ”Ngannou continued. “And I know for a fact that they will never come out. Ciryl is pretty good and I knew it from day one. It’s good, it’s really good, and it will just get better. He’s talented, that’s for sure. That is why it is there, where it is now. I’m just better. I’m the man who’s going to stop the hype. “
Ngannou (16-3), who snatched the crown from Stipe Miocic in March, was expected to make his first title defense against rival Derrick Lewis, but the promotion was unwilling to wait for “The Predator” and instead. reserved Lewis vs. I win. “Bon Gamin” summarily eliminated the outclassed Lewis, part of a perfect 10-0 streak that includes victories over top contenders such as Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Alexander Volkov.
We’ll find out what story the combat footage actually told when Ngannou and Gane collided on January 22 in Anaheim.