Ciryl Gane Doesn’t Want Francis Ngannou To Leave UFC, Calls For Rematch
UFC former interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane hopes he will get a second chance.
Gane lost to Francis Ngannou via unanimous decision in the undisputed heavyweight title match, a fight that had gained much hype in the weeks leading up to it.
“If he leave like that, I don’t want that,” Gane said. “I want my rematch. I want to do this fight a second time. I want this fight. I want this rematch.”
Gane looked like to have the win in the bag in the first two rounds. But Ngannou switched his game plan and wrestled the Frenchman to the floor. Gane was the favorite going into the fight, especially after footage of his and Ngannou’s past sparring session went viral on social media.
But it’s unclear if Ngannou will even return to the UFC. Ngannou said he will not fight for the same amount of money anymore, and UFC President Dana White doesn’t seem interested in giving into Ngannou’s new demands.
Ngannou leaving the promotion is the last thing Gane wants, he said.
“No, I was ready for this one….All the (stories) around this fight was just stories. It was not important for me. I was just focused on my target. And no, no, no, if we have a rematch, I’m gonna be focused, but I’m gonna improve on my weakness.”