Ciryl Gane

Bon Gamin

France

Targeted for Paris matchup vs. Tuivasa
HeavyweightUFC
May 1, 2022
Gane is being targeted for a heavyweight matchup against Tai Tuivasa for the UFC's proposed return to Paris, France on Sept. 3, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
With the status of heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou uncertain, in addition to his rumored foray into boxing, this matchup could very well serve as a title eliminator (if the UFC doesn't just decide to go ahead and slap an "interim" tag on it). Of course, that may depend on what happens with Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic this summer. Gane did lose to Ngannou his last time out, where his lack of takedown defense was exposed. That won't be an issue against Tuivasa, however, as Tuivasa has never recorded a takedown in 11 UFC fights. On a fight set to be contested almost entirely on the feet, Gane should have a huge advantage as the superior technical striker, and oddsmakers will likely recognize this the moment lines are launched. Tuivasa certainly has a chance to land that one big shot, but look for Gane to wear him out over the course of five rounds.
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Drops decision in title fight
HeavyweightUFC
January 22, 2022
Gane came up short in his quest for the UFC Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Francis Ngannou via unanimous decision (47-48, 47-48, 46-49) at UFC 270 in Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
What was expected to be a slug fest turned into a grappling contest, and a costly mistake by Gane on the mat in Round 5 likely cost him the fight. Gane started off strong, hammering Francis on the feet for the better part of the first two rounds. He avoided Ngannou's trademark power shots and displayed his typical excellent footwork. The tide of the fight turned in Round 3 when Ngannou, shockingly, went to his wrestling game. Gane allowed two successful takedowns in both Rounds 3 and 4 and spent a solid chunk of both frames on his back. He was still seemingly good position to eek out a decision after landing a takedown of his own early in the final round, but Gane inexplicably went for a leg lock, which allowed Ngannou to regain position and coast to the finish line. It was a costly mistake and one that was simply the result of Ciryl's inexperience on the mat. Gane's performance is going to be viewed by some as disappointing, but it's crucial to remember this is a fighter who entered tonight with all of ten professional fights under his belt. He's the most athletic heavyweight in the world today by a country mile, and Gane will only improve as he works on the other parts of his game. He'll be back.
Showdown with Ngannou coming in '22
HeavyweightUFC
October 6, 2021
Gane is being targeted for a heavyweight title fight with Francis Ngannou at UFC 270 on Jan. 22 in Anaheim, LaSueur.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Gane will look to unify the heavyweight belt in January after becoming the interim champion in August, when he defeated Derrick Lewis in the third round via TKO at UFC 265. Ngannou has been idle since initially taking the heavyweight crown in March, but the 35-year-old should return to the Octagon as the favorite in the matchup while he puts a five-fight winning streak on the line. Gane, meanwhile, improved to a perfect 10-0-0 (7-0-0 in UFC) with his win over Lewis.
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.
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.