Ciryl Gane had to travel to hostile territory to have a belt wrapped around his waist, but he left no doubt.
At UFC 265 in Houston, Gane did a relatively easy job, all things considered, of hometown fan favorite Derrick Lewis to win the interim heavyweight title with a TKO in the third round. Gane won a $ 50,000 bonus for the night’s performance and staged a title unification fight against Francis Ngannou.
Ngannou (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) returns on January 22 against Gane (10-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) in the main event of UFC 270 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Both are former teammates of MMA Usine in Paris. But after Ngannou left the team and coach Fernand Lopez, there were disagreements between the two teams.
Fernand Lopez rejects Francis Ngannou’s claim that he manipulated sparring images with Ciryl Gane
Watch Francis Ngannou practice before the title defense against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270
Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane follow as they fight ahead of UFC 270 unification fight
It all ends at UFC 270 later this month. But before that showdown, watch how Gane won his title with a Lewis finish in the video above.
Ciryl Gane beat. Derrick Lewis at UFC 265: the best pics
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