UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has blasted his former gym, the MMA Factory, for allegedly hiding videos of his sparring session with Ciryl Gane.
Ngannou will kick off the UFC’s pay-per-view calendar next year in a heavyweight title unification bout against former team-mate Gane.
A clip of Gane and the Cameroonian fighter sparring shows the top contender seemingly to get the better of ‘The Predator’ during training.
Two former teammates on a collision course.
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Ngannou took to his YouTube channel to disclose that the sparring session transpired in January 2019. The 34-year-old star power claimed that they trained together for a month and that he’d bested Gane in sparring, except in the part shown in the video.
“When I saw that footage, my first reaction was laughing. Because I know exactly what happened at those training sessions. But this is the thing. When they want to like, do some highlight, they always choose the part of the video that they use. And they have a lot of videos like that because, at the time, he was like, they were filming our training session to promote him, his fight, and everything. So, there was a lot of footage from those few training sessions. But a lot of them never came out and would never come out, will never come out. And I know for a fact that they will never come out.”