Ciryl Gane Says Jon Jones Inspired His Transition To MMA

Published 02/27/2021, 12:30 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 06: Jon Jones of the United States looks on after his after their UFC Light Heavyweight Title bout with Thiago Santos of Brazil at T-Mobile Arena on July 06, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones defeated Santos by decision. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)


Ciryl Gane is one of the fastest0rising fighters in the UFC right now. Despite being just 7-0 as a fighter, Gane is fighting the top fighters in the UFC Heavyweight division. He just got past former champion and one of the greats in Junior Dos Santos. He is facing Jairzinho Rizenstruik tomorrow in a battle that will earn the winner a top-five spot in the rankings.

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However, Gane will always seem inexperienced due to his record at the level he is. Despite getting a bunch of UFC wins, it still sticks out. As a result, Gane is still just completing his transition to the sport. He revealed that Jon Jones is actually one of his favorite fighters to watch and is someone that he wants to fight in his career.

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“When I started looking at MMA, I like Jon Jones of course. He’s a stand up guy and well rounded. I want to do this kind of guy.”

He also spoke about his thoughts on Jones moving to Heavyweights. “This is something good. I can’t wait. I think he never fight in this division before and I’m very excited for it.”

Ciryl Gane: Will he be facing Jones at Heavyweight?

Sometimes idols have to become your rivals. While Gane seems to be on a rise right now, facing Jon Jones at this stage in his career would be bad for him. He is clearly deferring to the legend and is being reasonable and accepting his status for what it is.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 12: (R-L) Ciryl Gane of France punches Junior Dos Santos of Brazil in their heavyweight bout during the UFC 256 event at UFC APEX on December 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

However, if Jones is actually serious about being a Heavyweight, he may need to start keeping an eye on Gane. A win over Jairzinho can set him up for a major contender’s fight. But the danger that Rozenstruik poses with his one-punch power will be something that will be a little hard for Gane to avoid over the course of a fight.

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Gane still has relatively rudimentary skills, but has great instincts and movement. The skill-set was on display when he beat JDS just a few months back as well. However, Jon Jones is one of the greatest and Gane still has a career to build. This fight may happen, but definitely down the line.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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