Ciryl Gane rebounded off his first career loss in about the best way possible.
The 32-year-old Frenchman solidified himself comfortably as one of the best heavyweights on Earth last year by winning the interim UFC crown against Derrick Lewis. Despite coming up short in his attempt at unifying titles against Francis Ngannou in January, Gane managed to find success throughout solid chunks of the bout, but ultimately lost a unanimous decision.
It’s been a bit of a mess atop the land of giants ever since the UFC 270 title tilt. The reoccurring names in discussion for the next crack at Ngannou have been former champions Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones with everyone else waiting to see how things shake out. For Gane, however, his win this past weekend against Tai Tuivasa in UFC Paris’ main event reminded everyone exactly how talented he is, leading Henry Cejudo — a recent training partner of Jones’ — to have some concern.
“I mean, this dude’s a threat for everybody,” Cejudo said on his YouTube channel. “I immediately texted Jon Jones like, ‘Hey, man, watch out for this dude. You have to really plan for this dude.’ Stipe Miocic who? Ciryl Gane is a big threat. I almost feel like looking at that last fight, he could be a bigger threat than Francis Ngannou for a guy like Jon Jones.”
France’s “Bon Gamin” had the pleasure of headlining the UFC’s debut in his country against his fellow top heavyweight contender Tuivasa. After a methodical opening round that saw Gane pick his shots and glide around the cage as he typically does, the action heated up immensely in round two.
Absorbing a massive punch near the cage wall, Gane went down and seemingly was on his way to losing before quickly recovering and hurting Tuivasa to the body. “Bam Bam” fired back and managed to survive, but with the onslaught continuing in round three via some flush head kicks, the knockout came shortly after when Gane connected with a nasty combination of punches.
“What I can appreciate about Gane is that he invested so much of his work to the body to eventually go up then obviously Tai is kind of trying to catch his — he’s just trying to win at the end of the day,” Cejudo said. “If you have to play possum to land a big punch, I get it, but Ciryl Gane is the real deal, man.
“Somebody that can chop somebody down like that and eventually finish them ... that’s the type of stuff that I like to see. Investment in the body, investment in legs, to eventually finish his opponent. Beautiful work.”
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I’ve said it several times now, but I won’t be sold on Jones fighting at heavyweight until an official announcement is made. Even then, I don’t see him beating any of these top guys. I also hate to do it, but I may have to lean towards MMA math with these possible matchups.
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Last Week’s Results:
Friday: 69% of 665 total votes answered “Ciryl Gane” when asked, “Who wins tomorrow?” Gane def. Tai Tuivasa via third-round knockout (punches) in UFC Paris’ main event.
Wednesday: 67% of 726 total votes answered “Kamaru Usman” when asked, “Who is your early lean in a Leon Edwards vs. Usman trilogy?”
Tuesday: 60% of 621 total votes answered “No” when asked, “Will Edwards vs. Jorge Masvidal ever happen?”
Today’s exit poll:
Who has the best chance to defeat Jon Jones out of his possible heavyweight debut options?
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