Francis Ngannou believes Cyril Gein had the right path to a title shot.
Francis Ngannou is the UFC Heavyweight Champion. He successfully defended his title against one of the strongest opponents in the face of Cyril Gein and once again proved that he is the best. Ngannou had to go through a difficult path to prove his skills to become a UFC champion. He lost a little, won a little more, and worked his way to becoming “the worst person on the planet.”
Now that Ngannou and Ghane have fought and Ngannou has come out on top, he is a bit critical of Ghane’s path to the title shot.
“Usually you won’t get into the UFC and you won’t be able to fight for a title without fighting a wrestler. This rule is. In this case, he seems protected. They defended him and just advertised his punching style. It’s not an amazing game. It’s a fighting game,” Ngannou said on his YouTube channel (via MMAWeekly).
Gein has only ten fights on his professional resume. His only defeat at the moment was the fight with Ngannou. Gein has faced seven opponents in his UFC career before facing Ngannou, the seven have a total of 171 professional fights and just 10 submission victories.
As for Gein himself, he has three career submission victories to his credit. Ngannou meant that the UFC is trying to draw attention to Gein’s punching power, instead of testing him on the ground. However, Gein has proven that he can comply when necessary. In fact, his first two UFC victories were by submission.
In their fight, Ngannou was able to knock Gane to the ground twice and control the action a bit. Ngannou is best known as a striker, but he was able to use ground play in his fight with Ghane.
Ngannou showed a comprehensive game plan in the victory. However, he will be out of competition for an indefinite period of time as he now needs to be treated for a lingering knee injury. As for Gein, he may return to action as early as this year.
Do you think the UFC was trying to get Gein away from wrestling?