Heavy-handed Ciryl Gane has banked two submission wins in two outings for the UFC in less than three months, but the French heavyweight is eyeing one more trip to the Octagon before the end of 2019.
Speaking on the latest episode of Eurobash, Gane underlined his intent to stay as active as possible on the back of his Performance of the Night-winning heel hook of Don’Tale Mayes in the dying embers of their main card meeting at UFC Singapore.
“No, I don’t have a specific name that I want to face. I’m just looking forward to keeping busy and I’m hoping to have a fight before the end of the year, that’s it,” Gane told MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast through his coach and translator, Fernand Lopez.
“No matter who, no matter when, no matter where, I’m trusting the matchmaking of the UFC.”
Gane hopes that his $50,000 bonus will help him toward buying a family house and revealed that he is taking a business approach with his time in the UFC.
“I feel like a new businessman that just needs to keep up his activity. I feel like I need to work harder than all the other businessmen so I can get more income. I need to want it more, keep busy and learn. This is a job, it’s not only about winning the fights, it’s about constantly learning,” he said.
Although Gane has prior engagements on the same night that UFC 245 goes down, Coach Lopez highlighted that the knockout artist could be available to fight in South Korea on Dec. 21.
“The last fight of the year is in South Korea, Busan, and why not?” said Lopez. “I have a big event on Dec. 14th in Senegal, Africa and Ciryl will be a guest for that event. For sure, he won’t be able to fight in France that day because more of the big fighters in France and Europe will be there too. It’s going to be a major event.”
Lopez also stated that Gane is interested in stepping in should any one drop out of the two heavyweight bouts – Alistair Overeem vs. Walt Harris and Stefan Struve vs. Ben Rothwell - on the upcoming Washington, D.C. card.
“On the next card in Washington there will be two heavyweight fights, that means there are four people there. If someone has any problems there, Ciryl will be ready to step in no matter who it is.”
Click below to hear Ciryl Gane’s interview on Eurobash. The segment begins at 29:00.