‘He Is a Freak Athlete’- Dana White Heaps Praise on Ciryl Gane

Published 08/08/2021, 9:53 AM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – MARCH 20: UFC President Dana White speaks to the media during the UFC 189 World Media Tour Launch press conference at Maracanazinho on March 20, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Newly crowned UFC interim heavyweight champ, Ciryl Gane produced a masterclass to sweep aside Knockout specialist, Derrick Lewis, at UFC 265. In a third-round TKO win, the Frenchman stopped ‘The Black Beast’ to set up a blockbuster title unification fight against his former sparring partner, Francis Ngannou. Dana White an exclusive take on Gane’s performance.

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‘Bon Gamin’ entered the fight on the back of 9 successive MMA wins and took on a challenger who had his own 4 fight win streak. Before the fight, there were talks about Lewis’ explosive power and the deadly right hand.

Gane nullified the threat with his astute footwork and careful approach. He never let the Houston native gain an advantage.

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In the post-event press conference, UFC supremo Dana White showered praises for the undefeated Frenchman. “Well, I don’t know if he is the evolution, but, you know, he is a freak athlete. I mean, every once in a while, you will come across freaks in different weight classes and he is definitely one of those guys,” White said.

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“I mean, he is a big powerful dude… when he walked into the octagon tonight, I was like, ‘Holy sh*t wow’,” White added.

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UFC heavyweights are no ordinary-sized persons. As their name suggests, they are superhumans. With all his bulked-up body, White still looked small in front of these 250, 260 pounders. He detailed his thought process from their stare-downs before the fight at UFC 265.

“When I was doing stare-downs with these guys…I was doing nothing, you know. If that decided to go wrong, I would have ended up in the sixth row of the stands, not the floor,” the maverick entrepreneur said.

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“I can’t explain in words, the power when I was in between these guys…very humbling, man. The seriously powerful human beings.”

White then praised Gane for keeping the tempo the same throughout the match. The Frenchman impressed his boss with his cardio and footwork. “He’s a freak of a nature athlete,” White concluded.

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Things are looking bright for Gane from here, but the same can’t be said for Lewis. While Gane will prepare for a potential showdown with Francis Ngannou, the Black Beast has to go back to the drawing board and try to figure out a way towards the title picture again.

What did you make of White’s comments on Gane?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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