Former interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane may pose the biggest threat to Tai Tuivasa who, safe to say, has entered his prime time now.
Gane last fought at UFC 270 when he was finally defeated on the way of his undefeated run in the UFC and overall career when his former teammate and current undisputed heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou handed him a unanimous decision loss. Regardless, Gane is known for his wins over Alexander Volkov, Junior Dos Antos, Derrick Lewis, and many more.
Tuivasa on the other hand is coming off the biggest victory of his career in his ongoing 5 fight-winning streaks when he defeated the knockout artist Derrick Lewis via spectacular knockout himself. Tuivasa and Gane are two differently styled strikers so it’s quite obvious to expect the fight to be on the feet and therefore may go for either a spectacular finish or an awesome fight.
“It’s really complicated at the moment”- Ciryl Gane understands the heavyweight division is in a mess right now
Gane wants to get back in the title contention, and with Jon Jones getting ready to make his debut in the division, he wants to fight for (another) interim title. Talking to MMA Junkie, Gane said, “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 okay.”
He added, “I’m a competitor, so I like that. 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 okay with that.”
“I don’t know when the fight is going to happen between Jones and Stipe, but if I win against Tuivasa, I want to do a fight early after this fight for the interim title. 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,” Gane concluded.