UFC heavyweight champion Cyril Gein thinks it’s time for him to fight for the heavyweight title, and he is not averse to fighting his former teammate Francis Ngannou for the belt.
After defeating Alexander Volkov in the headliner of UFC Vegas 30, Gein said he was ready to wait for a title opportunity – if there was one. Ngannu’s UFC title defense against Derrick Lewis has not been officially announced, although it is reportedly expected to take place in September.
That could have put Gein on the shelf for potentially six to nine months, depending on the outcome of the title fight and the condition of the winner. But the 31-year-old Frenchman said he could use the layoff to improve himself and welcome a new child into his family.
And if Lewis or Ngannu gets hurt, Gein will happily intervene.
“I think today I proved that I don’t need another fight for the title shot,” Gein said. “So tomorrow, if the UFC wants to play me in a title fight, I’m ready.”
The heavyweight title holder also holds some significance for Gane, who used to be Ngannou’s training partner as they battled their way to the heavyweight division in MMA. Ngannou is known to have come from his native Cameroon and slept in the garage before finding the MMA Factory and coach Fernand Lopez.
When asked how their sparring went, Gein replied, “This man is really cool. It’s not a joke.”
But he saw no problem wrestling with his former teammate, who eventually moved from Paris to the UFC Performance Institute and Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas.
“I am confident in this match if it takes place,” Gein said. “It was a shame before the title. As for the title, this situation suits me perfectly, because we are not in the same hall. If we’re going to fight for the belt, that’s great for me, for him, for my coach and for the MMA Factory. “
Gein said that it was Lopez who gave him the motivation to dominate Volkov for five rounds, announcing that the winner of the fight was a fighter ready to die in a cage. For critics who might complain that the finish eluded him again, Gein said that it was more than enough to celebrate.
“I focused on the goal and we knew what the goal was: to put pressure, get inside, try to end the fight like always and start a war,” he said.