Ciryl Gane has been making waves in the Heavyweight division lately. At only 31 years old, he is a big, powerful fighter who is currently undefeated. The hype around him has grown so much that some people are starting to wonder if he can be the next big thing in the heavyweight division.
Gane is coming off a huge victory over Derick Lewis at UFC 265 with a huge 3rd round finish. His previous victory was a TKO over Viktor Pesta.
His first two bouts were against low-tier fighters, Eddie Gordon and Damian Grabowski so it’s hard to put those wins on his resume when you’re competing in the heavyweight division at an elite level. Gane is still young though, but it appears he is on a crash course with a huge bout against Francis Ngannou. With Gane winning the interim title we expect his next bout to be to unify the title against Ngannou. Ngannou and Gane have a very similar story and both have gotten their heavyweight career start under the same coach, Fernando Lopez from France. Ngannou has since moved to Las Vegas and is training at Extreme Couture.
Gane is one of the youngest fighters in the Heavyweight division and only made his professional MMA debut in 2018. And with only 10 fights under his belt he has half the cage experience as Ngannou. But undefeated, no fighter has been able to figure out how to beat him to this point. He has proven to be a well-rounded fighter with a combination of both submission victories and striking victories mixed with his Muay Thai career he could be a hard puzzle to solve.
After seeing what Ngannou did in his first title defense against Curtis Blaydes, it should be a very interesting bout between the two Frenchmen when they meet up for a title unification match-up.