UFC Spectator’s Information – Successful just isn’t sufficient for the undefeated Ciryl Gane
Arguably more than in any other sport, a victory in mixed martial arts is not always a victory. Just ask UFC heavyweight Ciryl Gane.
Gane (8-0), who will face Alexander Volkov (33-8) in the main event of a matinee UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas (1:00 p.m. ET on ESPN +) on Saturday afternoon, is unbeaten in MMA. But his most recent fight, a five-round decision against Jairzinho Rozenstruik in February, did not generate the enthusiasm it should have had.
That fight was Gane’s first appearance in a UFC main event, and while he won every round against a dangerous opponent, it was – frankly – boring. Rozenstruik dug an early hole in the scorecards and never took great risks to overcome it.
While Francis Ngannou continues to wait for his next challenger, two of the top contenders for his UFC Heavyweight Champion clash in the main event of a Fight Night card at the UFC Apex – ESPN’s # 4, Ciryl Gane and # 6 Alexander Volkov. .
UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Volkov
• Saturday, UFC Apex, Las Vegas
• Primary Ticket: 4:00 PM ET on ESPN +
• Preliminary Round: 1:00 PM ET on ESPN +
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Gane realized this and intelligently took what was given to him. He cruised to a dominant – if less than exciting – 25-minute decision.
Gane’s performance was criticized by UFC President Dana White, who simply said, “He won, but let’s leave it at that.” For his part, Gane said he was initially disappointed with the performance but joined in after speaking with his coach Fernand Lopez.
How Gane reacts to this experience is one of the most fascinating aspects before the main event on Saturday. Volkov, 32, is talented, versatile and a dark horse in the heavyweight title fight, but the table isn’t set for him right now. It’s set for Gane.
Gane has never lost in MMA and has shown plenty of championship potential in five bouts in the UFC. It’s Gane, who is a former team-mate of the current champions Francis Ngannou, which obviously would add an interesting twist should the two ever fight for a title.
Gane is in the position he is because he won his last fight. So, despite all the criticism he might have received for not sending Rozenstruik away, in this fight he did what he had to do to be in his place fight could be for a UFC title.
According to the numbers
4: Heavyweights start their UFC careers 6-0: Randy Couture, Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos and Francis Ngannou – all of them became champions. Gane wants to be the fifth.
58.7: percentage of Volkov’s significant attack attempts that hit their target, the best among active UFC heavyweights. No. 2 on the list is Gane with 55.3%.
3.19: Gane scores substantial hits for everyone he absorbs, tops among the active heavyweights in the UFC. Volkov is second best with a difference of 2.67.
69.9: Percentage of significant attack attempts by opponents Gane dodged, the best percentage among active UFC heavyweights. It absorbs 1.85 beats per minute, the third lowest sum currently in the league. Volkov is number 5 in striker defense with 56.6%.
22: Volkov knockouts among his 25 placements in a 33-win career.
Sources: ESPN stats and information and UFC stats
Five against five
The latest results from Ciryl Gane
Victory: Jairzinho Rozenstruik (UD, February 27, 2021; watch on ESPN +)
Victory: Junior dos Santos (TKO2, Dec 12, 2020; watch on ESPN +)
Prize: Tanner Boser (UD, December 21, 2019; watch on ESPN +)
Win: Don’Tale Mayes (Sub3, Oct 26, 2019; watch on ESPN +)
Victory: Raphael Pessoa (Sub1, 08/10/2019)
The latest results from Alexander Volkov
Prize: Alistair Overeem (TKO2, February 6, 2021; watch on ESPN +)
Prize: Walt Harris (TKO2, October 24, 2020; watch on ESPN +)
Loss: Curtis Blaydes (UD, Jun 20, 2020; watch on ESPN +)
Win: Greg Hardy (UD, Nov 9, 2019; watch on ESPN +)
Defeat: Derrick Lewis (KO3, 10/06/2018)
How to watch the fighting
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Battle card from Saturday Saturday
ESPN +, 4:00 p.m. ET
Ciryl Gane versus Alexander Volkov | Heavyweight
Tanner Boser vs. Ovince Saint Preux | Heavyweight
Raoni Barcelos vs. Timur Valieve | Men’s bantamweight
Andre Fili vs. Daniel Pineda | Featherweight for men
Tim Means vs. Nicolas Dalby | Welterweight
Renato Moicano versus Jai Herbert | Light
ESPN +, 1:00 p.m. ET
Kennedy Nzechukwu versus Danilo Marques | Light heavyweight
Shavkat Rakhmonov versus Michel Prazeres | Welterweight
Warlley Alves vs. Jeremiah Wells | Welterweight
Marcin Prachnio vs. Ike Villanueva | Light heavyweight
Julia Avila vs. Julija Stoliarenko | Women’s bantamweight
Charles Rosa versus Justin Jaynes | Featherweight for men
Yancy Medeiros versus Damir Hadzovic | Light
Five More Things You Should Know (from ESPN Stats & Info)
1. Tanner Boser and Ovince Saint Preux will try to get back on track in the co-main heavyweight event. Boser will try to avoid his first loss in three fights. Saint Preux has lost four of its last six fights.
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2. The light heavyweight fight between Kennedy Nzechukwu and Danilo Marques is a striker-versus-gripper matchup. Nzechukwu averages 5.38 hits per minute, and Marques lands 4.83 takedowns per 15 minutes.
3. When the featherweights Andre Fili and Daniel Pineda meet, something has to give way. Both are lost. Fili has never lost back-to-back fights, and Pineda hasn’t lost it since 2014.
4. Bantamweight Raoni Barcelos has won nine straight bouts that go into his matchup with Timur Valev. Both fighters land an average of five hits per minute and more than two takedowns per 15 minutes.
5. Shavkat Rakhmonov (13-0) seems to stay perfect when he takes on Michel Prazeres in the welterweight division, who has not fought since February 2019.
ESPN’s Jeff Wagenheim contributed to this bout preview.