Is Ciryl Gane the next big thing for the UFC at Heavyweight?
While it’s Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones’ names that usually dominate the UFC Heavyweight conversation, another prospect is slowly raising his stock.
Ciryl Gane has undoubtedly proven himself as a potential worthy challenger, following another impressive victory in the main event of UFC Vegas 30 on Saturday.
The 31-year-old Frenchman bested Alexander Volkov in five rounds to earn an impressive unanimous decision victory.
“Bon Gamin” (which translates to Good Kid), controlled the fight with his striking and outclassed the taller Volkov by using his elite Muay Thai. He controlled the distance and hit more precise and powerful shots that often left his Russian foe guessing.
It was an easy victory for Gane, who now improved his record to an unblemished 9-0, with six of those wins coming inside the octagon.
Gane, of course, made a name for himself following that incredible TKO win over former HW champ Junior Dos Santos last year. He has also outpointed another ranked fighter in Jairzinho Rozenstruik before his win over Volkov.
It is worth noting that Gane became the fifth heavyweight in UFC history to go 6-0 in the promotion. The other four are Randy Couture, Junior Dos Santos, Cain Velasquez, and Francis Ngannou.
What do these guys all have in common? They all became UFC Heavyweight champions at one point. Is this a preview of things to come for Gane?
Anyway, the HW picture is a bit murky right now. Derrick Lewis is supposedly next in line for Ngannou, but no official contract has been signed yet. It seems the UFC are still hoping they could come to an agreement with Jones to fight the Heavyweight champ.
If all of these plans fall through somehow, Gane would be an incredible option just in case.
His undefeated run certainly warrants a title shot, especially in the Heavyweight division lacking star power right now.
Do you think Ciryl Gane has what it takes to be the Baddest Man on the Planet anytime soon?