Ciryl Gane is looking for another interim title shot with a win over Tai Tuivasa at UFC Paris.
It will be Gane (10-1 MMA) vs Tuivasa (15-3 MMA) in the heavyweight main event at the Accor Arena in Paris, France on September 3rd, 2022.
Gane, the former interim UFC heavyweight champion is coming off a loss to champion Francis Ngannou (17-3 MMA) at UFC 270 in January of this year.
In speaking with ‘MMA Junkie‘, Gane had this to say about his upcoming fight with Tuivasa:
“I think if I win against Tuivasa, I think it’s gonna be a fight for the interim title against the winner of the next fight for the interim title. So this (loss to Ngannou) put me a little bit back, but this put me more challenge, so I’m OK. I’m a competitor, so I like that. That’s OK because some people say but you just lost like that (signals close fight) with Francis, you must have a revenge for the big belt and I said, ‘No I’m OK with that.'”
Continuing Ciryl Gane said:
“It’s really complicated at the moment with this division. There are a lot of people in the top five and I think for the UFC to manage that it’s a little bit complicated so I can understand the UFC’s plan and I’m OK with that.”
Speaking about a Jones vs Stipe fight, Gane said:
“If in September I win against Tuivasa, if it’s possible I’m going to push. I don’t want to wait a lot of time. So I don’t know when the fight is going to happen between Jones and Stipe, but it I win against, Tuivasa, I want to do a fight early after this fight for the interim title.”
Reflecting back on his loss to Francis Ngannou, Ciryl Gane finished by saying:
“No. I’m OK. There were a few months where it was a little bit like, ‘No, I want Francis.’ But I just want the belt now. This is my goal. I just want to go to the top and it doesn’t matter if it’s Blaydes, Stipe or Jones or Francis.”
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