Ciryl Gane says despite what you might've heard, he has absolutely zero beef with Francis Ngannou ... and fully intends on showing respect to "The Predator" when they fight for the UFC title next weekend.
31-year-old Gane, the undefeated (10-0) UFC Interim champ is headlining UFC 270 against 35-year-old Ngannou, the UFC heavyweight champ next Saturday in Anaheim.
The alleged bad blood? Gane and Ngannou briefly trained together at the MMA Factory in France several years back (Francis recently told us it was less than 10 times), and things haven't exactly always seemed copacetic since.
In fact, a video recently made its way around social media showing Francis walking by Ciryl ... like he didn't exist.
But, Gane says everything's cool between the men ... there's zero ill will.
"I have no feelings for him. He's just like another opponent and that's it."
It's an intriguing matchup. Ngannou throws bombs ... and arguably has more power than any other fighter on the UFC roster. Meanwhile, Gane is 6'5", 250 lbs., but moves like a guy who weighs 75 lbs. less.
Francis recently told us he believes he'll knockout Ciryl within 10 minutes (2 rounds).
Regardless of how the fight turns out, Gane says he will absolutely extend his hand to Francis "Before. After. During" the fight.