‘Derrick Lewis Only Landed 8 Strikes in 2 Rounds’- Daniel Cormier Is in Awe of Ciryl Gane After UFC 265

Published 08/08/2021, 12:45 PM EDT
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 17: Daniel Cormier is interviewed after his TKO loss to Stipe Miocic in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 241 event at the Honda Center on August 17, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Ciryl Gane put on a show in the main event of the UFC 265 pay-per-view as ‘Bon Gamin’ handed Derrick Lewis a devastating T/KO loss. Gane completely neutralized Lewis and eventually earned the finish. Former two-division champion, Daniel Cormier, heaped praise on the Frenchman for his incredible win.

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“I mean, Neil, it was a shutout. It was a complete game. It was a guy that just did everything right from the start to finish. Ciryl Gane did exactly what he was supposed to do. Derrick Lewis only landed eight strikes through two rounds. He’s too athletic. He’s too gifted, he’s too fast. He really did outclass a guy that has the most knockouts in UFC Heavyweight history. It was truly phenomenal to watch,” said Cormier.

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Gane became the interim UFC Heavyweight Champion at UFC 265. And it was a truly flawless performance from him. So, one might understand why DC is in awe of the highly skilled heavyweight.

DC labels Gane’s win as one of the best performances in UFC title fight history

Gane didn’t absorb any sort of damage as long as the fight lasted. Also, his technical aspect was on full display throughout the contest. Cormier pointed that out. He also credited ‘Bon Gamin’ saying it was one of the best performances in a UFC title fight.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 26: Ciryl Gane of France battles Alexander Volkov of Russia in a heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

A lot of times when you fight Derrick Lewis, everybody wants to hang away from the power. They don’t want to go into the danger zone. Ciryl Gane didn’t care about it. He just did what he came to do,” said Cormier.

He would go into range, he would go out of range only whenever he wanted to be out at range,” said DC. “Then when he got a chance, he struck for the finish. The dude fought as good as anyone who’s ever fought in the UFC title fight,” he added further.

Daniel Cormier previews Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane

Gane will take on ‘The Predator’ next in a title unification bout. The duo are former training partners, and Cormier shared his preview of how a potential future fight will go down.

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He’s a real problem, because one of the guys that did show Derrick Lewis respect was Francis Ngannou. Who Derrick Lewis owns a victory over Now I’m not saying that equates to Ciryl Gane being the guy that’s supposed to win,” said Daniel Cormier.

I’m saying that Ciryl Gane in his fighting style. Maybe what Francis Ngannou struggles with a guy that could keep them at range, a guy that can really set traps for him and not fall victim to the power of Francis Ngannou This is the type of heavyweight title fight that fans love. And these are two former teammates that are going to fight for the unified heavyweight champion for the world,” he previewed a potential future fight.

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What do you make of Cormier‘s comments? Is Ciryl Gane the next champion?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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