UFC Fight Night : Gane vs Volkov just finished. The clash between these two Heavyweights was a treat to watch. Alexander Volkov, a 6 foot 7 inch; 265-pound veteran just fought the undefeated Ciryl Gane. Ciryl Gane won this fight via Unanimous decision.
Fernand Lopez is a Cameroonian trainer who runs a gym called The MMA Factory ,in France. He was the first person who saw the potential of the current heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou . After his loss to Stipe Miocic, Ngannou and Fernand Lopez had a falling out . This lead to Ngannou changing his trainer. Now , Fernand Lopez has identified Ciryl Gane to be the next Heavyweight Champion in the UFC.
Ciryl Gane is originally a Muay Thai Fighter who has transitioned into MMA. He made his MMA debut in 2018 and his UFC debut in 2019. He has quickly risen to #3 in the Heavyweight rankings, with a record of 8-0 and he has defeated some very talented fighters like Jairzinho Rozenstruik , Junior dos Santos and now, Alexander Volkov. The impressive thing about Gane is that he has transitioned seamlessly into MMA from Muay Thai. Generally, Muay Thai fighters tend to be a little flat-footed, as the Martial Art requires you to keep balance and block strikes while doing so. Gane has almost completely removed this aspect from his game. He keeps light on his toes and moves in and out of range and also creates angles . He has amazing footwork and hand speed . He has a great ground game, evident in the 3 submission victories he has in his career.
Gane is a great athlete and has a variety of punches and kicks in his arsenal. He is a southpaw , but does change his stance sometimes .The striking masterclass he put on against Rozenstruik , who is a decorated kickboxer and Volkov who is a veteran Karate Practitioner, is no small feat. Gane’s best weapon in my opinion , is his discipline and ability to stick to his strategy. I can see 2 problems that Ciryl Gane has right now , Gane doesn’t have power like Derek Lewis or Ngannou and he is untested against a high level wrestler like Curtis Blaydes . Gane is almost a complete fighter and he is improving quickly. He has all the tools to nullify the knockout artists of the heavyweight division. I would like to see him take one more fight before challenging for the title. With Jon Jones moving up to heavyweight and Stipe Miocic still in the picture , Gane has his work cut out for him, but one thing is certain for us MMA fans. Ciryl Gane is one to watch.
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