UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou recently commented on the training footage that was released between himself and now former teammate and upcoming opponent, Ciryl Gane.
In an interview clip that Ngannou posted to his YouTube channel, he talked about how the video was intended to make Gane look like the better fighter.
“When I saw that footage, my first reaction was laughing – because I know exactly what happened at those training sessions,” Ngannou said. “”But this is the thing, when they want do some highlight, they always choose the part of the video that they use and they have a lot of videos like that because at the time, they were filming our training sessions, but a lot of them never came out and will never come out, and I know for a fact that they will never come out.
“It’s about to make him look better and make me look bad. To prove that he’s the man. I really get intrigued by stuff sometimes and then how they just control people’s mind. Conditioning them to think and suddenly they just shift from one way to other way of thinking. And I’m like, how easy is that to manipulate people? They’re really good at manipulation. But at the end of the day, as I said, we both know. Everyone knows for a fact.”
“He’s good and he’s just going to get better,” Ngannou added. “He’s good. He’s talented, that’s for sure, and that’s the reason why he’s there, where he’s at. Right now? I’m just better, man, I’m just the man that’s going to stop the hype, and I can’t wait to get this fight because whats really funny about this is everybody that talks about this fight hypes him up.”
Ngannou and Gane will headline UFC 270 in January to unify their heavyweight titles and determine who the best heavyweight in the world is.