Winner of Russian Alexander Volkov after one other demonstration of mastery, Ciryl Gane is completely positioned to struggle for the UFC heavyweight title on his subsequent outing within the cage. But the state of affairs on this class, the place the champion is Francis Ngannou, doesn’t assure that will probably be for now. RMC Sport takes inventory.
This time, Dana White was not current on the post-fight press convention. It shouldn’t be identified whether or not he would have reiterated his criticisms at Ciryl Gane, which he had discovered too cautious throughout his victory over Jairzinho Rozenstruik on the finish of February. But if he’s trustworthy, the chief boss of the UFC may solely see: “Bon Gamin” signed a new masterclass this Saturday in Las Vegas against Alexander Volkov. Five rounds of whole mastery for a simple victory – two judges gave 5-0, the opposite 4-1 – on fifth within the heavyweight standings.
The Russian is with out a doubt among the best technicians within the class in putting. But the Frenchman, third in the identical classification, did virtually what he needed with it, with out the spectacular knockout that might have happy Dana a lot, and as soon as once more proved how a lot he was. a tone above the competition on the plane. About what remain undefeated in MMA (9-0) and signal a sixth victory in as many fights within the UFC, greatest sequence of its variety within the division, debuts within the group comparable to these of Francis Ngannou, Cain Velasquez, Randy Couture or Junior Dos Santos, who’ve all worn (that is at present the case for the Cameroonian) the champion’s belt. And what lead to a struggle for the title from the following stage? Quite attainable. But the state of affairs shouldn’t be simple.
Before Volkov, his coach at MMA Factory, the “King” Fernand Lopez, instructed us that the UFC more or less promised the Gane clan if they won. And the individual shouldn’t be hiding. “I feel I’ve confirmed it: I do not want one other step earlier than combating for the title, defined the Frenchman in a press convention. Volkov was a large problem, excellent to show that, and I If the UFC needs to give me a title struggle tomorrow, I’m ready. “But in no hurry. With a child (a second daughter) on the way in which for August,” Bon Gamin “doesn’t essentially need to get again into the cage as rapidly as attainable.” I think we can wait. , he confirms. This will also help us to improve in certain areas. “
Lewis, Jones, Miocic
We suppose specifically of this well-known cycle of energy that he by no means had time to do due to his fight rhythm and which may enable him to acquire a little energy, a obligatory step on the prime of the heavyweights. In brief, a struggle for the title on the finish of the 12 months 2021 or the start of 2022 wouldn’t displease him when it comes to timing. With Francis Ngannou as champion, former MMA Factory who has sparred with him prior to now, the storytelling of such a shock is written by itself. Especially if the well being state of affairs permits the factor to be carried out in France, in Paris, the place the 2 mastodons had been “born” at MMA. Until then, Ngannou should face Derrick Lewis, quantity two within the standings and one of many solely two to have overwhelmed him within the cage (in July 2018 after one of many worst fights within the historical past of the class at UFC).
Their conflict was first scheduled for August 7, as a part of the UFC 265 pay-per-view, however no settlement has but been reached and the newest rumors level to September 25 and UFC 266 as an alternative. would push Gane’s luck even additional, particularly if Ngannou comes out of his hitting duel with Lewis (and much more if he loses). Especially since two different thieves stay within the shadows. Stipe Miocic, first, former champion dethroned by the Cameroonian nonetheless no 1 within the classification of the class behind Francis and who will certainly be entitled to his revenge – a stunning one, in actual fact, since Miocic had overwhelmed Ngannou in January 2018 – when he decides (he deserves it, only for companies rendered at UFC). Jones Jones then, and above all.
The former king of the sunshine heavyweights determined to go up category to get another belt which might solidify its standing within the debate on the GOAT (the very best of all time) of the self-discipline. But his financial demands to face Ngannou stay too essential for the UFC for now. If an settlement is reached within the coming weeks, a chance bolstered by the current collaboration between Jones and the highly effective Richard Schaefer (former CEO of Golden Boy Promotions and founding father of Ringstar in boxing), Jones will take priority over Gane given how a lot his shock dealing with the Cameroonian “would sell”. With Ciryl a lengthy wait if Ngannou faces Lewis in September and Jones early subsequent 12 months.
If so, some voices within the center, beginning with revered journalist Ariel Helwani, even counsel seeing Gane and Miocic climb into the cage collectively. Interesting proposition. But who would have a onerous time convincing the French as the previous champion, one of many two saying goodbye to his likelihood for the title within the occasion of defeat. We should additionally not overlook that White and the UFC, based mostly in Las Vegas, are typically gamers. Who may need to delay Jones-Ngannou as a lot as attainable within the hope of seeing the champion signal a sequence of defenses of his title the place he knocks everybody out and put “Bones” within the paws of the one who would then have an aura of unbeatable terror. In this case, Gane has the perfect profile to take the lead. And possibly the qualities to derail this dream by taking the belt.
Get prepared for … August seventh
Last query: may the factor be carried out a lot additional? After his victory over Volkov, the Gane clan noticed the UFC direct him to prepare for August 7 and UFC 265, simply in case. With his child scheduled for later in August, the date could be attainable for him. But for whom? Why? Fight immediately for the title in the course of the summer time, over the last weekend of the Tokyo Games, when the media curiosity for such a struggle will probably be lower than at different occasions even in France? To deprive your self of the potential of a Gane-Ngannou at Bercy to proceed conquering a French market which continues to be awaiting a first UFC occasion on its soil for the reason that legalization of MMA competitions in early 2020? White and the UFC have the solutions. Who will decide the instant follow-up for “Bon Gamin”. There is a champion and 4 kind of reliable challengers. Who will come out of the hat for the following few weeks? We will know extra very quickly.