Ciryl Gane

Bon Gamin

France

Volkov up next
HeavyweightUFC
July 12, 2024
Gane has agreed to compete against fellow heavyweight Alexander Volkov at UFC 308 in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 26, per Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com.
ANALYSIS
While nothing is certain about the current UFC Heavyweight Championship picture, Gane fighting Volkov will be the UFC's attempt to clear up some of the division's rankings. Gane's next opponent is competing off some strong momentum, with his last fight being an upset win over Sergei Pavlovich at the UFC's inaugural Saudi Arabia event. However, Gane's momentum is not too shabby, with his last fight being a TKO win over Serghei Spivac. Gane also defeated Volkov handily via decision in June 2021.
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Gets right back in win column
HeavyweightUFC
September 2, 2023
Gane defeated Sergey Spivac via TKO (punches) at 3:44 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Paris.
ANALYSIS
It's no secret Gane is a high-end striker and an exceptional athlete for a heavyweight. It's also no secret he's not a good wrestler, which he why he spent this camp working on his takedown defense, assuming Spivac would shoot on him early and often. Instead, Spivac was more than willing to engage Gane in what for all the world looked like a low-level sparring match. The Frenchman is going to win that every single time, as he did here. When all was said and done, Gane stuffed Spivac's lone takedown attempt and closed with a 110-11 edge in total strikes landed. He likely would have won regardless, but the complete no-show on Spivac's part certainly helped matters. Gane has now alternated wins and losses in his past four bouts. The lopsided victory would also be enough for Gane to be awarded with a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
Fighting Spivac
HeavyweightUFC
June 15, 2023
Gane will take on Sergey Spivac in a heavyweight fight at a UFC event in Paris on Sept. 2, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Gane is coming off a highly disappointing result in a title fight against Jon Jones, losing in the first round via guillotine choke. It was just the fighter's second pro loss of his career, but he'll be desperate for a win after such a poor showing his last time out. His opponent Spivac has won three straight fights. To emerge successful here, Gane will have to show improvements in his grappling and takedown defense, which were his downfalls in his recent losses. He'll certainly be tested against Spivac, a fighter who averages more than five takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time in the UFC.
Not competitive in title fight
HeavyweightUFC
March 4, 2023
Gane failed in his quest for the UFC Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Jon Jones via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:04 of Round 2 at UFC 285 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
What a disaster. In the biggest fight of his career, in the main event of a pay-per-view, against arguably the greatest of all time, Gane barely lasted two minutes. He gave up a shockingly easy takedown and was choked out shortly thereafter. The assumption was that if Gane was to have issues, it would be with Jones' grappling, but few could have seen him being this non-competitive. There's not a heck of a lot to breakdown from a technical standpoint. It's important to remember Gane only has 13 professional fights under his belt. His best days may theoretically be ahead of him given his inexperience, but at age 33, he better get back into the Octagon sooner rather than later if he hopes to make another run at the top.
Set for title bout with Jones
HeavyweightUFC
January 14, 2023
Gane is slated fight Jon Jones for the heavyweight title at UFC 285 on March 4 in Paradise, Nev., Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Gane has made a full recovery from the broken hand he suffered in his last bout Sept. 3 against Tai Tuivasa and will now get a chance to vie for the heavyweight belt in his return after it became vacant when reigning champion Francis Ngannou couldn't agree to a new contract with the UFC. A former interim champion, Gane will draw a tough opponent in March in Jones, the former UFC light heavyweight king who will be making his debut in the heavyweight ranks following a three-year layoff from competition.
Suffers broken hand, out until 2023
HeavyweightUFC
September 9, 2022
Gane revealed Friday that he suffered a broken hand during last weekend's knockout win against Tai Tuivasa at UFC Fight Night 209 in Paris, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Gane indicated that he expects to miss the rest of 2022 as he recovers from the injury, but the heavyweight title challenger also stated that he's "coming back for that belt, and [he's] not going ANYWHERE." The lone blemish on Gane's record (11-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) came at the hands of Francis Ngannou (knee) in January at UFC 270, so the 32-year-old should have a path to another title shot in 2023 once his hand is fully healed.