At UFC 270, Francis Ngannou will defend his heavyweight title for the first time and Fernando Lopez thinks that it is going to be a big challenge for the fighter.
UFC will hold their first PPV event of the year 2022 on January 22 and the hype around the event is monumental. It was headlined by the heavyweight title fight between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane. The fight was able to attract such attention due to the story behind the making of the fight. Both Ngannou and Gane are old friends, training partners, and roommates but due to certain situations they now hate each other.
MMA fans are excited to see whether Gane has what it takes to defeat ‘The Predator’ and become the new heavyweight bout. Many are assuming this fight to be one of the best heavyweight match-ups of all time. UFC president Dana White even told the press that this fight is one of the best bouts organized by him in UFC.
Fernand Lopez breaks down Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane
In the UFC 270 Countdown show, Fernand Lopez discussed that he knows that Ngannou has improved a lot in the past few years and has become a force of nature. But according to the MMA coach If there is anyone who can put a stop to Ngannou’s domination, it is Ciryl Gane. “Francis Ngannou did improve but if there’s someone who can make him miss that’s Cyril Gane,” said Lopez.
Stylistically the fight is very interesting as it’s a battle of power vs technique. The whole MMA world is well known for the brutal one-punch power of Ngannou and how he utilizes it perfectly. On the other hand, Gane is widely considered the best technical striker in the history of heavyweights. Lopez explained that Ngannou will have to depend on his power or it’s not going to end well for him. “There’s only one way to go for Francis Ngannou. It’s to rely on the power. If he doesn’t, he will get humiliated,” said Lopez.