Ciryl Gane has had an historic rise through the UFC. In just 24 months, “Bon Gamin” was able to secure the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship after a one-sided 3rd Round TKO victory over challenger, Derrick Lewis.
The hometown favorite in Lewis, possesses a hammer of a right hand and his power is was what led him to the title fight against the undefeated Gane. However, from the opening bell, it was apparent that Gane was the superior fighter and his ability to control distance and keep the fight on his terms led him to victory. We have a breakdown of the fight in our latest MMASucka podcast here:
Ciryl Gane Wins Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship
The old saying of “to hit and to not get hit” would have been an accurate depiction of how the fight played out. Gane was able to stay at kickboxing range, utilize his jab and utilize his footwork through the first two rounds.
In the third round, Gane began to increase the volume of his strikes. He was able to switch stances and keep Lewis off balance which led to multiple unanswered leg kicks from Gane. A jab and then an uppercut is what started the barrage of strikes to earn the victory late in the 3rd round.
Referee Dan Miragliotta was patient and gave Derrick Lewis an ample amount of time to defend himself and improve positions, however Ciryl Gane proved to be too much for “The Black Beast”.
It appeared that Ciryl Gane received minimal to no damage in his post fight press conference. In what could be described as a masterclass, Gane displayed an elite level of defense and is one of the hardest heavyweights to hit. That most certainly will be a factor in his upcoming fight, when him and Francis Ngannou are expected to unify the heavyweight division. For the rest of the UFC 265 results, you can view them here.
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