MMA – Fernand Lopez knows Francis Ngannou well for having trained him. According to him, people underestimate his speed.
After beating Derrick Lewis for the interim heavyweight title, Ciryl Gane will face another knockout machine for unification. On the night of January 22-23, the Frenchman will face Francis Ngannou, his former training partner at MMA Factory. With twelve knockouts on the clock, the man nicknamed the ‘Predator’ is certainly the scariest fighter in the UFC today.
To prepare for this shock, Gane will be able to count on the wise advice of Fernand Lopez, his coach, but also on the experience of his victory against Lewis. Indeed, the latter, like Ngannou, is known for his ability to knock out his opponents at once. He is also the new record holder for the number of KOs in the UFC since his last victory against Chris Daukaus.
However, for Fernand Lopez, Ngannou is much more dangerous than Lewis. Here is what he said in an interview with MMA Junkie:
“Definitely, it’s a good preparation, but it doesn’t mean anything. Francis Ngannou is a different animal, he moves faster. It’s pretty quick for this weight class. People underestimate Francis’ speed. He is fast. Ciryl is faster, but Francis is quick. He’s pretty quick when he’s moving. He has good footwork and is athletic. When Ciryl Gane faced off against Derrick Lewis, there were a few times that Derrick Lewis rushed in to try and cut him, to cut the angle. ”
“But thanks to his athleticism, Ciryl Gane can run faster, he eventually escaped. If it was Francis, he would have broken the distance a little faster than that. I think that’s what he should do, try to break the distance a little faster. But again, you never know what will happen if you try to get in faster. Because if we go faster, we can’t control everything. This means that if the direction changes, you fall. This is why this fight is quite intriguing. “
More than fourteen days before this historic shock for French MMA.