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✔ Has the advantage against interim champion Ciryl Gane in wrestling!

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has confirmed that he will corner the Cameroonian heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou at UFC 270.

In the past, Ngannou has mainly relied on his striking and the incredible power in his fists, but in the re-match against former champion Stipe Miocic, Francis showed an improved wrestling and take down defense. He managed to stop Miocic’s takedowns and knocked him out in the second round to win the title.

Usman, whose fighting style is wrestling-based, helped Ngannou practice wrestling before the title fight against Miocic. Now he will take part in Ngannou’s corner in the fight against the challenger and interim champion Ciryl Gane, in order to be able to offer advice and moral support to the heavyweight champion.

“I have to admit that this is a tough fight, in terms of style,” Ngannou told BT Sport.

– Ciryl has good striking, but he lacks something when it comes to (wrestling), which is to my advantage because I have some experience there. When I look at him and his fight record, he has never competed against a wrestler, a good wrestler, yet. I was hoping he would meet Curtis Blaydes. Before you get past Blaydes, I will not approve of you.


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Kamaru Usman confirms – will be cornering Francis Ngannou

Usman confirms that he will once again help Ngannou during a title bout, just as he did in the fight against Miocic last year. Usman has not participated during the entire training camp, but still says he knows what the situation looks like for the heavyweight champion, both mentally and physically.

“I see an icy killer,” Usman told MMA Junkie. This is how Francis is every match. It’s something very, very rare when you have a guy who’s this big. When Francis Ngannou steps into a room, everyone knows that Francis Ngannou is in the room. I see that he is calm and ready to step into (the cage).

However, the Welterweight champion did not want to share any fight predictions before Saturday.

“I think both guys are ready,” said Usman. I think both guys are ready to be champions, so the best man will succeed.

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