After a dominating performance against Alexander Volkov, Ciryl Gane is now presented with an opportunity of a lifetime, he is now booked to face the number one ranked heavyweight Derrick Lewis for the interim heavyweight title.
This news came as a surprise to many, including the champ Francis Ngannou but according to Gane, he was expecting this even before the fight with Volkov. He said, “We knew already because just before the fight (with Volkov), UFC sent a message to Fernand Lopez (Gane’s trainer), a message like, ‘Yes, this is the semifinal, so do your job, and we’ll see after that,’”
“I think it was an interim title shot, yes. But I’m not sure because they didn’t text with me. It was Lopez, and Lopez told me, ‘Man, do your job, and after the fight you’re going to be happy.’” Gane told MMA Junkie.
“I was really focused on the fight,” Ciryl Gane says he was focused on his fight against Volkov even after receiving the news
Many fans were disappointed with the announcement of the interim title, and Ngannou’s manager even got into an argument with the boss Dana White himself, where he claimed this news came as a surprise to them and Dana said that his team is full of bulls*it.
Gane said that he was really happened to receive the news but he remained focused on his fight against Volkov, he said, “It was good because it’s good news, but I was really focused on the fight and no more pressure. I just said, ‘Man, Ok, this is good news but I have to do the job before that, so stay focused on your job, on the fight against Volkov and after we’ll see.’ I was really focused, no pressure.”