WATCH: Rising UFC Heavyweight Ciryl Gane Trades Blows with Francis Ngannou in this Old Sparring Video

Published 02/25/2021, 9:08 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: Ciryl Gane of France poses on the scale during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC heavyweight Ciryl Gane is set to face his highest-ranked opponent yet in the UFC in his first main event. Gane will take on kickboxing ace Jairzinho Rozenstruik on February 27 at the Apex Facility in Las Vegas. The 7-0 prospect is certainly facing stiff competition early in his career, however, he has shown great promise.

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‘Bon Gamin’ has been nothing but promising in his UFC run thus far and has managed to scalp some major wins. He’s fresh off a TKO win over former champion Junior Dos Santos from December 2020. In fact, he’s finished all but one of his professional career wins thus far and in an emphatic fashion, no less.

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Ciryl Gane: Exchanging leather with the best

The heavy-handed Frenchman came out of MMA Factory where he’s spent a meaningful period as Francis Ngannou’s training partner. Both men are juggernauts in their own respects and sparring Ngannou surely provides valuable experience. Furthermore, there’s an added benefit to having trained with someone who fought and beat Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

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Ngannou’s fast-twitch pressuring style has served him well and his win over Ngannou came in just 20 seconds. Ciryl Gane will take away a lot from that contest and will hope to be riding high from the experience he’s gathered. ‘The Predator’ has faced the who’s-who in the division thus far and come out on top against almost everyone.

Moreover, Ciryl Gane will take solace in the fact that he’s such an elite talent no matter where the fight ultimately goes. His UFC debut against Raphael Pessoa ended via a first-round Arm-Triangle choke. With that win, he joined Randy Couture, Brock Lesnar, Stefan Struve, Kimo Leopoldo, and Travis Brown to win via Arm-Triangle.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 12: (R-L) Ciryl Gane of France punches Junior Dos Santos of Brazil in their heavyweight bout during the UFC 256 event at UFC APEX on December 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

There’s no question that Ciryl Gane is a prospect to be feared and a win against ‘Bigi Boy’ will set him up for massive things. However, he must be wary of the power that the Surinamese fighter carrier late into the fight. He managed to cleanly KO Alistair Overeem in the dying seconds of their fight despite losing on the cards to that point.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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