Ciryl Gane is “Comfortable” Now With Fighting Former Teammate, Francis Ngannou
By FCF Staff
It remains to be seen if Ciryl Gane ends up facing Francis Ngannou in the Octagon. But, following his pivotal win at UFC Vegas 30, Gane reported he’s open to fighting his former teammate.
Gane took another step towards a title shot on Saturday night, by outscoring decorated heavyweight Alexander Volkov for the decision win. The victory was Gane’s sixth in the UFC and moved his overall record to 9-0.
Due to his run, the heavyweight was asked about the possibility of fighting his former teammate, and the current champ, Ngannou (quotes via MMA Junkie).
“I’m comfortable with this matchup if this matchup is going to happen,” Gane said. “Now, for title, I’m really comfortable with this situation because we was born in the same gym. Before, it was a little bit (uncomfortable), you know? Now I’m comfortable. We’re going to fight for the belt. This is beautiful for us, for me, for him and my coach.”
Currently, Ngannou is expected to fight Derrick Lewis next, and talk about Ngannou and Jon Jones fighting also continues.
While discussing a timeline for a title shot, Gane relayed he’s willing to wait out if need be.
“I think we can wait,” Gane said. “This will give us time to improve in some department of myself. So I can wait, and I have a baby coming next month.”
Heading into UFC Vegas 30, Gane was ranked #3 in the UFC’s heavyweight division. Lewis is ranked #2 and the former champ, Stipe Miocic is #1.