Cameroon’s Francis Ngannou Still the Baddest Man on the Planet, Defeats Ciryl Gane on Points

Cameroon’s Francis Ngannou Still the Baddest Man on the Planet, Defeats Ciryl Gane on Points

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
  • Francis Ngannou is still the Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champ after his victory over Cyril Gane
  • Ngannou is known for his punching power but relied on his ground game to beat Gane and defend his title
  • Cameroon's Francis Ngannou praised his home country for the support they shower him with constantly

Cameroon's Francis Ngannou retained the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title this morning after a unanimous points decision win over Cyril Gane.

Ngannou, who hails from Batié in Cameroon won the fight on all three of the judges' scorecards.

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Cameroon’s Francis Ngannou retained his heavyweight title with a points victory over Cyril Gane. Image: Chris Unger
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Ngannou is nicknamed The Predator and his punching power is legendary, but it was his ground game that won him the fight.

Coming into the fight with both his legs sporting knee pads, many thought that Gane would target the legs. He didn't need to though as for the first two rounds, he stayed out of range of Ngannou's power and racked up some easy points.

Ngannou looked less like the beast he normally is as he failed to land significant blows. He came out in the third round though with a new game plan and used his strength to ground Gane.

Ngannou showed a new side to his fighting game with the groundwork and comfortably won rounds three and four.

Gane had the chance in the fifth to submit Ngannou with a heel hook but he gave away to the position and found him at the bottom of a grapple.

Ngannou ended the fight and final round with some ground and pound just to emphasise why he's the best heavyweight currently in the UFC.

Speaking after the fight he explained that he tore a muscle in his leg during the training camp but refused to cancel the fight because he's not a quitter.

He also gave praise for his home country of Cameroon and thanked the people there for their support. Despite now living in the United States of America, Ngannou remains proud of where he has come from.

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Vincent Aboubakar who is the captain of the Cameroonian national team is now topping the goalscorers' sheet at the ongoing African Cup of Nations with 5 goals thereby putting eyes on the golden boot award.

The 33rd edition of the African Cup of Nations has been amazing so far with all the nations campaigning having completed their fixtures during the group stages, Sports Brief earlier reported.

Surprisingly, reigning African champions Algeria have been bundled out of the ongoing African Cup of Nations after their failure to win any game in Group E and finished at the bottom with a point.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.