He had multiple doctors recommend he withdraw from the fight, but he chose not to because he wanted to “remind people I’m the champ.”
“It’s been an incredible journey
,” Ngannou 말했다
. “It’s been a very tough training camp
. A very tough
Ngannou’s record now goes to 17-3, while the defeat was the first of Gane’s MMA career, slipping to 10-1.
The two fighters have a long history together — they used to be sparring partners back in Paris and Gane’s head coach, Fernand Lopez, was Ngannou’s former mentor.
Talk of Ngannou’s future UFC dominated the build up to the fight though, as he believes he’s not paid well enough by Dana White and the UFC.
, he didn’t rule out a future elsewhere
. “Boxing is always in the back of my pocket
,” Ngannou 말했다 in the Octagon after the fight
“It is something I must do before the end of my career … It’s not like I have a lifetime here.”
Earlier in the evening, Deiveson Figueiredo reclaimed the UFC flyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Brandon Moreno.
In what is the third meeting between the two — with a draw and a Moreno victory before Saturday — it was Brazil’s Figueiredo who managed to outlast Mexico’s Moreno.
Figueiredo, who becomes a two-time flyweight champion with the victory, managed to floor Moreno numerous times in front of a crowd dominated by Mexican fans supporting Moreno.
After his victory, 34-year-old Figueiredo called for a fourth fight between the two.
“Today is my day
,” Figueiredo 말했다
. “For this moment
, for Brandon
, for us to give you the gift of a fight of the night
, for everyone who was here
. I’ve been away from my family for four months
. I’m ready for a fourth fight against Brandon in Mexico.