Cyril Gane’s awkward behind-the-scenes snub by Francis Ngannou at UFC 268 was a ‘surprise’, the Frenchman admits after footage showed the heavyweight champion in white as his friend-turned-rival
- Francis Ngannou is ready to defend his belt against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270
- The pair used to be sparring partners and friends, but it looks like they’re on ice now
- Backstage footage at UFC 268 showed Ngannou snubbing Gane as he passed
- ‘I’m surprised but maybe he has something against me,’ explained Gane
Cyril Gane has admitted his surprise at being rejected by heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou before his scheduled fight at UFC 270.
Backstage footage at Madison Square Garden over the weekend showed Ngannou passing Gane without acknowledging him, even though they used to be training partners and friends.
The clip shows Gane’s shocked reaction after Ngannou passed by without saying a word.
Francis Ngannou passed Ciryl Gane without recognizing him at UFC 268
Gane admitted that he was surprised by the behavior of his former sparring partner.
Both men were in the arena for UFC 268 and a showdown between them is planned for January 22 of next year.
Win said Addicted to MMA: ‘I’m surprised because maybe he has something against me, maybe he has something against his former coach, Fernand López, but Nassourdine Imavov?
Nassourdine Imavov just finished his fight and won, and at MMA Factory, perhaps Nassourdine Imavov was Francis’s biggest sparring partner. So, Fernand, it’s okay. I am the future opponent, okay. But Nassourdine Imavov, it’s a bit embarrassing.
Gane and Ngannou’s next fight is being sold as friends turned adversaries, and evidently that rings true for the mighty champion.
Both men went to watch the fights at Madison Square Garden but their friendship cooled
But to Gane, who remains undefeated in his young career, he explained: ‘At first, I was a little uncomfortable with that because too many people try to make headlines like,’ The revenge guy, ‘but this is not my story.
Let me do my thing and now I feel comfortable with it. When I started my UFC career, maybe my first three fights after every fight, reporters say “And Francis and Francis.”
‘Hey, stay focused on me, please. I have just arrived; I’m going to do my thing. Francis was already in the top five, so this is the feeling. ‘
Ngannou (center) and Gane (top right) have previously trained together in the gym.
Ngannou won the belt from Stipe Miocic in the second round of their UFC 260 fight with a thunderous KO, his fifth in a row.
Win will challenge him, who knocked out Derrick Lewis in August to set up a showdown with his former sparring partner.
It will be fascinating to see how they react to each other now that the stakes are high, especially in light of Ngannou’s snub on Saturday night.