Francis Ngannou splits two training partners at once ahead of UFC 270

UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou took a rather peculiar approach to his preparation ahead of January’s title unification shock with interim gold holder Ciryl Gane – appearing to oppose two partners in the training at the same time before his headlining UFC 270.

Batie native Ngannou titled UFC 260 in March this year at UFC Apex facilities – successfully winning the undisputed heavyweight crown for the second time trying against the former double gold holder , Stipe Miocic – avenging his first promotional flaw against the Ohio Veteran.

Since then, Ngannou, who has yet to make another walk into the Octagon, has been linked with a pair of title defenses against two-time former light-heavyweight best Jon Jones, as well as with a rematch against Derrick Lewis – without either of them happening. to bear fruit.

In August, MMA Factory mainstay Gane, a brief former Ngannou teammate in Paris, titled UFC 265 against common nemesis Lewis, arresting the most prolific heavyweight knockout artist in the world. history of the organization thanks to a one-sided knockout in the third round of his own.

In turn, the promotion has since booked a heavyweight title unification fight between Ngannou and Gane – set to claim headlining honors at UFC 270 in January at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. .

Ahead of the pairing, Ngannou recently made headlines after drafting reigning heavyweight pivot GLORY Kickboxing, Dutch hitting sensation Rico Verhoeven to his camp at Xtreme Couture by his trainer Erick Nicksick with the goal of prepare for Gane’s striking style.

Francis Ngannou appears to pit two training partners at once before UFC 270 returns

However, in video footage released this week, it appears that Ngannou has chosen to use two training partners at the same time as he prepares for his earlier this year clash with Fernand Lopez product, Gane.

Tensions between Ngannou, Gane and the latter’s head coach Lopez still appear high after images were broadcast of the Cameroonian appearing to dump and ignore his former coach and brief training partner behind the scenes on his walk in the halls of UFC 268 earlier this month.

Ngannou would later reveal that if Gane was alone backstage at Madison Square Garden, he likely would have spoken to the undefeated kickboxer, however, claimed that Lopez – who he said has made derogatory comments about him in the past would misinterpret. any kind of interaction.

Milton S. Rodgers