Ngannou’s Coach Agrees With Dana’s Criticisms
Francis Ngannou has been under fire his past two fights by UFC President Dana White, for his perceived ego and problems that have lead to two losses, and what White and many consider to be the “worst” fight in UFC history.
Francis Ngannou’s head coach Fernand Lopez agrees with White’s assessment of his fighter.
”The only thing I can say is Dana was speaking about Francis’ ego is probably one of the truths that I witnessed that Dana White said,” Lopez told the MMANews.pl radio show (via MMANYTT). “It’s probably the only truth that I know for a fact. That’s a fact.”
”Why am I saying that? I’m saying that because Ngannou is like a brother for me and when you’re dealing with a brother, problems with your brother, you have to be honest with your brother so he can be a better man.”
”In order to make Francis a better man, there are some people that have to have the bad role,” he continued. “The bad job is to tell Ngannou ‘You have a big ego and you have changed with the time.’ That’s the truth. I had the conversation with Ngannou and I said to him ‘You have changed my friend, you have changed. You’re not the same anymore. Your ego is killing you and it’s just about your ego.’ That’s the thing like.”
The turning point seemed to be Ngannou not following Lopez’ gameplan for his fight against Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title in 2017.
“Myself I got hurt with a lot of dedication to Francis’ career, I got hurt, a lot. When Francis lost the fight with Stipe, no one ever heard Francis say he lost because he didn’t follow the gameplan. He did the opposite of the gameplan that we worked.
“That loss for Francis, for the belt, had a huge impact for him, but also myself and my gym. Francis being world champion means that I’m a champion coach and that means the MMA Factory is a champion training camp. We missed that because he did not follow the gameplan. He followed the gameplans until the title shot and then the next fight (against Lewis) he was in Syndicate MMA.”
“When all these people are saying what a bad coach I am, it would’ve been nice for Francis to back me up and say ‘No guys, this guy did his job, this guy tried to help me with the best gameplan that he could and he gave me the thing that I should do and I didn’t do that,” Lopez continued. “Instead of saying that he just stayed quiet and people were killing us saying how stupid could I be to just keep training Francis on the feet and not on the wrestling and not the ground game.”
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