Francis Ngannou’s Coach Fernandez Lopez Agrees With Dana White That Cameroonian Has An Ego Problem
With many in the MMA world called the infamous heavyweight bout between Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis the worst heavyweight fight ever. Among them is the UFC president Dana white who blasted Ngannou following the showdown said ‘The Predator’s’ ego was out of control and ran away with him, big time.
UFC did all it could to push the Cameroonian in every way to give him top billing, but Ngannou failed to keep his hype train.
Francis Ngannou’s coach Fernand Lopez, who trained ‘The Predator’ from the day one he entered into the world of MMA dating back to August 2013 in Paris. Lopez who recently speak to MMANews. pl, where he confirmed that he’s very much agree with Dana White’s statement about Ngannou has an ego problem. (Via MMAMania)
”The only thing I can say is Dana was speaking about Francis’ ego is probably one of the truths that I witnessed that Dana White said, It’s probably the only truth that I know for a fact. That’s a fact.”
”Why am I saying that? I’m saying that because Ngannou is like a brother for me and when you’re dealing with a brother, problems with your brother, you have to be honest with your brother so he can be a better man.”
”In order to make Francis a better man, there are some people that have to have the bad role,” he continued. “The bad job is to tell Ngannou ‘You have a big ego and you have changed with the time.’ That’s the truth. I had the conversation with Ngannou and I said to him ‘You have changed my friend, you have changed. You’re not the same anymore. Your ego is killing you and it’s just about your ego.’ That’s the thing like.”
The best concrete proof is here, Lopez details that Ngannou didn’t follow his gameplan for Stipe Miocic title fight and did the opposite and ended up losing the bout. Afterward, surprisingly enough, Ngannou went on to train at Syndicate MMA gym under coach John Wood in Las Vegas for his fight against Derrick Lewis at UFC 226, ugh the results were no different here either.
“Myself I got hurt with a lot of dedication to Francis’ career, I got hurt, a lot. When Francis lost the fight with Stipe, no one ever heard Francis say he lost because he didn’t follow the gameplan. He did the opposite of the gameplan that we worked. That loss for Francis, for the belt, had a huge impact for him, but also myself and my gym. Francis being world champion means that I’m a champion coach and that means the MMA Factory is a champion training camp. We missed that because he did not follow the gameplan. He followed the gameplans until the title shot and then the next fight (against Lewis) he was in Syndicate MMA.”
“When all these people are saying what a bad coach I am, it would’ve been nice for Francis to back me up and say ‘No guys, this guy did his job, this guy tried to help me with the best gameplan that he could and he gave me the thing that I should do and I didn’t do that,” Lopez continued. “Instead of saying that he just stayed quiet and people were killing us saying how stupid could I be to just keep training Francis on the feet and not on the wrestling and not the ground game.”
It seems like both fighter and coach isn’t on the same page, one would wonder if Ngannou will still train under Fernandez Lopez for his reportedly upcoming fight against Curtis Blaydes in Beijing on November 24th.
Do you agree with coach Fernandez Lopez’s statement? Do you think Ngannou has an ego problem?