VIDEO: Ciryl Gane Gets a Hero’s Welcome in Paris After Becoming the UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion

Published 08/18/2021, 12:07 PM EDT


Ciryl Gane became the interim UFC heavyweight champion at UFC 265. He pummeled Derrick Lewis for two and a half rounds before eventually earning the finish in the third round. Gane will fight former teammate Francis Ngannou next in a title unification bout.

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‘Bon Gamin’ trains out of the MMA Factory gym in Paris. He returned there after his triumphant outing in Houston Texas. Needless to mention, the French fighter got a warm welcome in his homeland. Many fans gathered to take pictures with the newest UFC champion.

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Thank you everyone for this incredible moment, it warms my heart to see this craze, it was important for me to share this with you. Folded hands. And thank you MMA for giving us this kind of moment,” wrote Gane on Twitter alongside a video of him interacting with the fans. [translation via Google]

It was yet another flawless performance from Gane against ‘The Black Beast’. Many believed Lewis had the ability to upset the French fighter due to his devastating knockout power. However, Gane proved yet again he is head and shoulders above the current batch of UFC heavyweights.

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)

He has now stretched his professional record to a perfect 10-0 with wins over the likes of Junior Dos Santos, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Alexander Volkov, Derrick Lewis, and more.

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Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane: when can the duo clash?

Ngannou will arguably be the biggest challenge of Gane’s career so far. ‘The Predator’ is perhaps the scariest power puncher to ever touch down the UFC canvas much like Lewis. But, he is much more athletic than ‘The Black Beast’.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: (R-L) Francis Ngannou of Cameroon kicks Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

But Ngannou hasn’t fought someone like Gane one might argue. Fans can’t wait to see the intriguing match-up take place. But it’s highly unlikely the fight will be booked before the end of 2021 or even the start of next year.

Will ‘Bon Gamin‘ become the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion soon? Let us know your thoughts.

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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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