Heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou reveals his pick for Ciryl Gane vs Tai Tuivasa fight at UFC Paris


Heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou reveals his pick for Ciryl Gane vs Tai Tuivasa fight at UFC Paris

Francis Ngannou, Ciryl Gane, and Tai Tuivasa

Francis Ngannou might be out for quite a while due to his injury but the heavyweight champ was never going to miss the exciting Ciryl Gane vs Tai Tuivasa fight which headlines UFC Paris this weekend.

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UFC is going international with their Fight Night this weekend as they head out to Paris for the first time. Not long ago the sport of mixed martial arts was banned in the country of France. UFC Paris will be headlined by the heavyweight fight between two exciting talents, Ciryl Gane and Tai Tuivasa. Watching this fight live is the heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

The heavyweight champion is currently out due to injury and won’t be fighting for quite some time. However, there was no chance that the France native was going to miss a live event from the UFC in Paris for the first time. Francis Ngannou began training in martial arts in France and later moved into the UFC. The fighter talks to BT Sport ahead of the event and gives his prediction for the fight.

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Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane at UFC 270
Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane at UFC 270

Francis Ngannou, in fact, is coming off a win against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270. The heavyweight champ made an amazing title defense against his former teammate and won the fight via decision. Francis has experience fighting Gane, who is one of the technically gifted fighters in the heavyweight division. The French heavyweight will also have the crowd supporting him in the main event against the Aussie.

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“This is a very interesting fight which can go either way. I would give it to Ciryl if it goes to the decision and if he is able to manage the first two or three rounds,” said Francis talking to BT Sport ahead of UFC Paris. Francis also believes that Gane has experience fighting for five rounds before which could play to his favor.

Though Ngannou believes Gane can win the fight, he does not entirely rule out Tuivasa from the fight. “But, Tuivasa is dangerous anytime in the fight and we have seen this in his last five fights,” added Ngannou. Tuivasa has great knockout power and is coming off a win against the knockout king, Derrick Lewis.

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