Leaked footage: Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane HARD sparring!
Ciryl Gane and Francis Ngannou’s rivalry has only intensified in the weeks leading up to their title showdown at UFC 270.
Gane and Ngannou used to train together in France under Fernand Lopez, but ‘The Predator’ and Lopez had a huge falling out. This resulted in the champion Ngannou switched gyms and moved to Las Vegas. Given that they are set to fight on January 22nd in Anaheim California at UFC 270, sparring footage of the two training together has been leaked, see below.
“He didn’t want me to release the whole footage because in that specific training” said Fernand Lopez to Lowkick MMA
“Francis Ngannou ate a knee shot to the liver and got dropped,” Lopez continued about Gane-Ngannou. “Stopped the whole training. These are facts. Francis was on his backside. If he’s saying this isn’t true, I’ll release the whole footage. But, my content manager didn’t want to release it because we have a privacy in the gym. When guys train in your gym, they expect things to stay in the gym.”
Although Fernand Lopez reports Ciryl Gane dropped Francis Ngannou in sparring, the video has yet to be published, so it’s unclear if this is real. Even if this is accurate, it’s difficult to draw too many conclusions from it because sparring and a real fight are two very different things, and both men have come a long way since then.