Jon Jones’ Coach Believes Ciryl Gane Is a Great Fighter But is ‘Very Beatable’

Published 08/09/2021, 10:08 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 27: Ciryl Gane of France prepares to fight Jairzinho Rozenstruik in a heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Ciryl Gane recently defeated Derrick Lewis to win the interim UFC heavyweight championship. People from all over the world have been since congratulating Gane on his victory. Now, during a recent interview, Jon Jones’ coach talked about Gane and what he thinks of the fighter.

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Mike Winkeljohn said, “Gane is that guy, he’s got skills. He knows how to pick people apart and change his strategy depending on who he is fighting. He’s one heck of a great fighter.” Like everyone watching, Winkeljohn seemed to be impressed by Gane’s performance against Lewis.

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Now, Jon Jones is all set to move to the heavyweight division soon. Therefore, Submission Radio asked his coach who he thinks will be a bigger challenge for Jones, Gane, or Ngannou?

He said, “The crazy power is always scary, freezes up a lot of people, that’s what Francis has. He is a scary, explosive guy. You know Gane can hit hard too, but again he has more tools I believe as far as fine-tuned tools. So they are different nuts for Jon to crack. They both are scary in their own way and both very beatable in their own way.”

Coach Winkeljohn clearly believes that Gane and Ngannou are both outstanding fighters. However, he is very confident that Jon Jones will beat whoever he faces in the Octagon.

What next for Ciryl Gane, Jon Jones, and Francis Ngannou?

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Even before the interim title fight between Gane and Lewis was over. The UFC had made plans for the winner of that fight to face Francis Ngannou for the undisputed title next. Therefore, it seems like Ciryl Gane and Francis Ngannou will fight each other next.

Jon Jones has said he won’t be returning to action in 2021. However, Dana White had revealed that the next fight for Jones could be against former champion Stipe Miocic. However, nothing has been made official as of now.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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