Ciryl Gane

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Not competitive in title fight
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.
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.
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Set for title bout with Jones
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 reports.
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
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, reports.
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.
Wins main event in native Paris
September 3, 2022
Gane defeated Tai Tuivasa via KO (punches) at 4:23 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Paris.
It was an excellent bounce-back performance from Gane on the heels of his unanimous decision defeat to Francis Ngannou this past January. Headlining the first ever event in his native France, Gane had to work for his victory, as he was knocked down by Tuivasa in Round 2 and seemingly in danger of being stopped. He somehow battled through it and eventually used his overwhelming speed and technical edge to pound his opponent, particularly to the body. Tuivasa could simply take no more punishment in the latter stages of Round 4. Gane continues to show a massive amount of skill and poise for a fighter who hasn't been a professional for all that long. He should remain firmly in the title mix at heavyweight for many years to come. Additionally, he'll take home an extra $50,000 after this entertaining main event was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Targeted for Paris matchup vs. Tuivasa
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, reports.
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.
Drops decision in title fight
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.
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.