Although it may have drifted somewhat into the background with the remarkable situation surrounding the heavyweight champion’s future in the UFC and ongoing contractual dispute with the promotion, Ngannou’s bitter and public feud with MMA Factory founder and head coach Lopez was an intriguing story heading into the opening of a 2022 pay-per-view main event.
Powered by a dramatic setback at UFC 268 which was worthy of a spot in a soap opera, Lopez and Ngannou’s 2019 separation has come to the surface again in recent months. While the Frenchman accused his former student of refusing to pay for gym membership and tries to sabotage Gane’s rise to the UFC, the Cameroonian branded his ex-tutor as “evil”.
In the end, it was Ngannou who had the last laugh. Push through a heap of adversity, including the possibility of “irreversible damage” of a torn MCL and damaged ACL, “The Predator” wrestled its way to a unanimous decision victory about “Good Kid.”
Usman Pushed For Peace
With the culmination of the unification showdown and the awarding of an undisputed title holder, most hope we will have seen the end of the public criticism and insults between Ngannou and Lopez. One man who definitely feels that way is reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
Usman, a good friend of his fellow African UFC champion, was in Ngannou’s corner for the UFC 270 main event. While Lopez did not share a word with “The Predator” after Gane’s defeat, he did interact with “The Nigerian Nightmare”.
While a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, Lopez revealed Usman has pleaded with him to leave his differences with Ngannou in the past, something the 43-year-old says he is more than happy to do.
“When I shook Kamaru Usman’s hand, he stopped me and said to me: ‘Fernand, we are brothers. Let’s stop it. Let’s just keep going. ‘ And I said, ‘You’re right. Let’s go on … ‘I’m done. I’m exhausted with that topic, “said Lopez.
While we may not have seen the interaction and personal makeup between Lopez and Ngannou that many wanted, the Frenchman’s post-fight words with people like Usman and Eric Nicksick, Opposition Coach suggests that both sides are willing to put their differences behind them.
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Should the beef between Fernand Lopez and Francis Ngannou be put to bed now that UFC 270 is over?