Ciryl Gane put on a striking clinic to improve his perfect MMA record to 9-0 against Alexander Volkov at UFC Vegas 30 on Saturday. In a highly technical chess match between the two colossal heavyweights, the Frenchman stayed a few steps ahead of his Russian counterpart throughout their five-round main event.
Volkov started off well with leg kicks in the first couple of rounds but found it hard to do any serious damage, as Gane continued to bounce in and out of range. ‘Bon Gamin’ absorbed heavy blows in the fourth round but managed to keep a safe distance other than that, landing the better shots, and growing exponentially as the fight progressed.
That's 6️⃣-straight for Bon Gamin 🇫🇷
— UFC (@ufc) June 27, 2021
Gane, who currently sits at number three in the heavyweight rankings is expected to jump a place or two up in the rankings by Tuesday, while Volkov could potentially drop out of the heavyweight top five. With Derrick Lewis expected to be the next in line to challenge Francis Ngannou for the heavyweight title, and Jon Jones also in the title picture, Gane will have to wait for his title shot.
However, there’s one man that he should be looking at as a potential target if a title fight doesn’t come his way in the near future. Here is who’s next for Ciryl Gane and Alexander Volkov after UFC Vegas 30.
Should Fight: Stipe Miocic
Stipe Miocic wants another go at Francis Ngannou, and after all that he has achieved in the heavyweight division, he surely deserves it. But since he was completely overwhelmed in his rematch with Ngannou at UFC 260, many believe Miocic needs at least one win to get back into title contention.
Last month, the UFC tried to lure Jones back into fighting again by offering him a super fight with Miocic, but the former light heavyweight champion declined the opportunity, maintaining that he won’t fight in a non-title match. This leaves Miocic in a bit of a tough spot, as he doesn’t have a lot of intriguing options, except for Gane, who’s a serious problem for anyone in the division.
Gane believes he deserves to fight for the title, and he does have a very solid argument. He’s also comfortable with the idea of fighting his former teammate in Ngannou and said that he would sit around and wait for a title shot. Ideally, a fight between him and Miocic should be the right thing to do next. The Ohio native said in a recent interview that he’d fight anyone. The fight makes a lot of sense because it will be the former two-time champion going against a serious contender, for the number one contender’s spot.
If Miocic wins, nobody can deny him a title shot, and the same goes for Gane.
Stipe Miocic vs Ciryl Gane, make it happen, Dana White!
🤯 @Ciryl_Gane making his presence known in RD 3!
— UFC (@ufc) June 26, 2021
Should Fight: Marcin Tybura
While it’s a tough loss for Volkov, it’s not the end of the world. The Russian can still bounce back. He currently sits at the number five spot in the rankings, but will probably drop a couple of places down at worst on Tuesday.
This sets him up perfectly for a showdown with number eight ranked Tybura, who’s on the rise and is coming off an impressive first-round stoppage victory against Walt Harris. Tybura is also on a five-fight win streak and deserves to fight someone ranked above him. After his win over Harris, Tybura called out Curtis Blaydes, but ‘Razor’ is now booked to face Jairzinho Rozenstruik in September.
The second name on Tybura’s lips was Volkov, and that fight makes perfect sense. If the two lock horns, Volkov will have the chance to make a quick turnaround, while ‘Tybur’ will get his chance to take a big step towards heavyweight gold.
With UFC Vegas 30 in the rearview mirror now, we look forward to the next edition of the APEX fights with UFC Vegas 31, which will be headlined by Islam Makhachev and Thiago Moises on July 17. But before that, Conor McGregor takes on Dustin Poirier in a blockbuster rubber match at UFC 264 on July 10.