Ciryl Gane
Bon Gamin

France

Newest owner of UFC gold
HeavyweightUFC
August 7, 2021
Gane became the interim UFC Heavyweight Champion on Saturday, defeating Derrick Lewis via TKO (punches) at 4:11 of Round 3 at UFC 265 in Houston.
ANALYSIS
It wasn't overly entertaining to watch, but it was a flawless performance from Gane. Twice as fast as Lewis and blessed with athleticism his opponent could only dream of, Gane stayed to the outside and picked Lewis apart on the feet. It certainly helped that Lewis seemed unwilling or unable to pull the trigger offensively, but some of that was certainly the result of how effective Gane was defensively. The Frenchman moves like a light heavyweight despite weighing well over 240 pounds. Gane made his professional debut in August 2018. He has all of 10 fights under his belt, including seven in the UFC. He's now a champion. Gane's reward is a showdown with Francis Ngannou. Ngannou and Lewis employ similar styles, so it is imperative for Gane to once again remain at distance. He's a legitimate threat to Francis and a clear problem for anyone at heavyweight given how well he moves and his all-around skill set. On top of the belt, he'll also earn a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts.
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Gets interim title shot
HeavyweightUFC
June 28, 2021
Gane will take on Derrick Lewis in an interim heavyweight title fight at UFC 265 on August 7, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Gane is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Alexander Volkov just last weekend. UFC President Dana White felt that Gane and Lewis were both deserving at a title shot right now, even with the reigning heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou being unavailable to defend his title in June or August. Lewis last fought in mid-February when he knocked out Curtis Blaydes.
Complete performance against Volkov
HeavyweightUFC
June 27, 2021
Gane defeated Alexander Volkov via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46) at UFC Vegas 30 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Gane continues to show excellent cardio and an intelligent game plan in five-round fights, which will undoubtedly be a major asset if (or when) he finds himself fighting for the belt. While he allowed Volkov to outland him in Round 1, two judges still saw it for Gane. He threw more volume in each of the ensuing rounds and ultimately got a clean sweep on the scorecards from two judges. It's a big win for the 31-year-old Gane, as he took down a former Bellator Heavyweight Champion who has faced some of the division's finest during his UFC run. Still, the title picture remains murky. A rematch between Francis Ngannou and Stipe Miocic is rumored to take place in the fall, while Jon Jones is lingering in the background waiting to make his heavyweight debut. Fan-favorite Derrick Lewis might even have a case, especially since he's been more prone to finishing fights than Gane of late. While Gane no doubt has the skill and is deserving, three of his last four fights have gone to the judges. The 9-0 Frenchman could use a signature win if he's going to jump the line.
Headlining June ticket
HeavyweightUFC
April 3, 2021
Gane will fight Alexander Volkov at UFC Fight Night on June 26, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The location of this fight is to be announced, but this figures to be a highly-anticipated bout. Gane is 5-0 at the UFC level with his most recent victory coming via unanimous decision against Jair Rozenstruik in February. A win against Volkov could put Gane into contention for a UFC title fight. Volkov is 7-2 in the UFC ranks, and he won his last fight against Alistair Overeem in February.
Easily wins main event snooze fest
HeavyweightUFC
February 27, 2021
Gane defeated Jair Rozenstruik via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Good thing there weren't fans in the building or else these two would have been booed to the dressing room. Every once in a while there is a fight booked that appears to be certain fireworks that turns into an absolute snooze fest, and this was one of those. Gane was perfectly content to stand on the outside and use his jab and an occasional kick to keep Rozenstruik off balance. Jair never once came close to threatening Ciryl and thus there was no reason to change the way he was fighting. Gane is extremely athletic for a big man and possesses the ability to throw plenty of fakes at his opponents, but he's going to need to be more aggressive than he was here if he hopes to make a run at the top of the division. It's defeated to get on a guy who is undefeated as a professional and just pitched a shutout in a main event, but this isn't the type of fight that will make Dana White and the UFC brass happy.
Taking part in headliner
HeavyweightUFC
January 29, 2021
Gane and Jair Rozenstruik will now face off in a five-round headliner at UFC Vegas 20 on Feb. 27, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Gane was already slated to take on Rozenstruik in March as he attempts to extend his professional record to 8-0, but the two fighters will now be part of a five-round matchup. Gane has an advantage in both height and reach.