” Seeing my face on the poster is loopy, I’m so pleased! The daydreaming continues for Ciryl Gane at the UFC. Barely 18 months after his debut in the most prestigious group of MMA, “Bon Gamin” is for the first time headlining an evening of fights.
Number 7 in the heavyweight category, the French (30 years old) finds the octagon on Saturday evening (Sunday 4 am, French time) against Jairzinho Rozenstruik (32 years old), number 3. And for the first time at the UFC , his fight is planned over five rounds, and no longer three, a sign of the new status acquired by the French.
“I can’t wait to see how far he can go. If he becomes champion, he will bring the French together behind the UFC like Conor McGregor did with Europe “, even predicts Dana White, the boss of the organization.
Rozenstruik, “a big hitter”
Unbeaten in seven professional fights (four in the UFC), Gane shares a point in common with his Surinamese opponent, who stands in three letters: JDS. The two men remain on a victory against the same fighter: Junior dos Santos (37 years old), the former champion of the category. “Bigi Boy” beat him in August and Gane in December, each time by stop of the referee in the second round.
” I think I handled this fight better. (Dos Santos) didn’t touch me while he reached Jairzinho a lot “, Estimated” Bon Gamin “, Thursday, at a press conference. Rising value among heavyweights, the native of La Roche-sur-Yon expects a difficult fight against Rozenstruik. ” He knows how to turn off the light. He is technically good, but above all he has a very strong knockout power. He’s a big puncher “, entrusted the Frenchman to RMC Sport.
But the Surinamese rebounded against Dos Santos and intends to derail the TGV Gane, launched towards the top of the category. ” I’ma put the pressure on him, see what kind of mistakes he makes, and end the fight “Rozenstruik promises.
Getting closer to the heavyweight title
Their fight concludes a month of February when the heavy category has settled down. Alexander Volkov and Derrick Lewis defeated Alistair Overeem and Curtis Blaydes respectively. The Russian or the American could face the winner of the opposition between Gane and Rozenstruik, in a fight to determine the next challenger in the category.
But before dreaming of a belt, the Frenchman will have to manage his first fight in five rounds and 25 minutes at the UFC. Two more rounds and ten minutes more in the octagon which does not worry him. ” I don’t think it will be a disadvantage, I have good physical condition, good footwork, I can last all five rounds “, Estimated Gane at a press conference.
More technically complete than Rozenstruik, “Bon Gamin” can have to be cautious of “Bigi Boy” till the finish. For his debut in five rounds in the UFC, the Surinamese had knocked out. Alistair Overeem … 4 seconds from the finish of the fight.