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Ngannou-Gane: the clash of the UFC titans and a French pride

Trained in mixed martial arts (MMA), in Paris, by the same trainer, Cameroonian Francis Ngannou and Frenchman Ciryl Gane are fighting Sunday morning in California for the prestigious UFC heavyweight belt.

Like their elders, electrified in front of their screen by the exploits of Marvin Hagler or Mike Tyson, they will extricate themselves from the arms of Morpheus, on the night of Saturday to Sunday, so as not to miss anything of the “fight of the year”. With the difference that these unrepentant insomniacs in search of knockouts do not fuel boxing but MMA. These spectacular mixed martial arts practiced in a cage, sometimes bloody and frightening but always captivating, which overshadow the noble art. Not quite outdated, Rocky Balboa’s passion still goes the distance thanks to his premier heavyweight category. As much a sport of percussion (feet-knees, fists-elbows) as of gripping (brought to the ground and submissions), MMA has not always made the most imposing templates its showcase.

But with the Cameroonian champion Francis Ngannou (35 years old, 1.93 m, 115 kg) and the French challenger Ciryl Gane (31 years old, 1.92 m, 113 kg), the discipline holds its phenomena among the “big guys”. And Dana White, two hens…

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