UFC Fight Night: Gane vs Volkov: Ciryl Gane vs Alexander Volkov: Prediction and Analysis

Published 06/24/2021, 7:18 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 26: Ciryl Gane of France poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on February 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC Fight Night: Gane vs Volkov will see a thrilling heavyweight clash between Ciryl Gane and Alexander Volkov go down in the heavyweight division of the UFC. The fight will headline the card this weekend. Both fighters are currently on a winning streak. They will look to further build on that with yet another successful outing at the UFC APEX.

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Gane has a perfect professional record of 8-0 so far in his career. The 31-year-old French fighter will make his sixth appearance inside the octagon this weekend. The likes of Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Junior Dos Santos are some of the biggest names in his win column so far.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 27: (R-L) Ciryl Gane of France punches Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname 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)

Volkov, on the other hand, has been a UFC veteran since 2016. The fight against ‘Bon Gamin’ will mark his tenth octagon appearance. The perennial heavyweight contender has racked up 7 wins in his UFC career.

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Gane has a total of 6 finishes in his career so far. 3 T/KO and 3 submission wins rack up those numbers for him. As for ‘Drago’, he has a record of 33-8. The 32-year-old Russian fighter has a total of 25 finishes on his resume so far. A massive 22 T/KO finishes and 3 submission wins comprise those numbers for him.

Ciryl Gane vs Alexander Volkov: Analysis

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Gane is one of the slickest heavyweights in the entire UFC roster. He has a certain flair about his movement. His reach supports his style of moving in and out as well. Considering this, and his opponent’s fight style, ‘Bon Gamin’ will look to use his inside leg kicks to keep Volkov at bay.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Alexander Volkov of Russia punches Walt Harris in their heavyweight bout during the UFC 254 event on October 24, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Volkov has some great finishes over some of the biggest names of the UFC’s heavyweight division. However, his opponents mostly become stationary targets by the point he guns for the finishes. With Gane, that is a slim possibility, as movement is something that ‘Bon Gamin’ relies heavily upon.

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As Gane might just be too fluid for Volkov to handle, the Frenchman might just be able to outclass ‘Drago’ throughout the contest, eventually earning a decision win in his favor.

Final Prediction: Ciryl ‘Bon Gamin‘ Gane by unanimous decision.

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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