Ciryl Gane and Francis Ngannou — interim champ vs. champ — will unify the UFC’s heavyweight title in the near future … and when the 2 goliaths fight, “Bon Gamin” wants it to go down in France.
Both fighters have a strong connection to the country. 31-year-old Gane was born in La Roche-sur-Yon, France. 34-year-old Ngannou moved to the country as a 22-year-old … traveling to Paris to start his MMA career.
So, when TMZ Sports talked to Gane — fresh off his dominating victory over Derrick Lewis at UFC 265 — we asked him if there’s been talk of holding the event in Ciryl’s home country.
“Yes, a lot of people talk about [the fight in France]. Yes this is possible, and I hope, hopefully, this is going to be in my country,” Gane says.
“I think for the debut of the UFC, probably it will be a great fight for starting this, and it will be a big success for sure. We have a lot of fun and friends, and big potential.”
There’s a good reason there hasn’t been a UFC fight in France … the sport was illegal in the country until last year. But, now it’s not … and it’s clear Gane thinks now is a perfect time to bring the promotion to the country.
We also asked the 10-0 fighter about his newfound fame … and whether he plans on following fighters like Randy Couture and Michael Bisping into the acting world.
Gane’s clearly interested … but the silver screen will have to wait ’cause all his focus is on beating Ngannou.
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