Ciryl Gane may only have 10 professional fights under his belt, but fellow UFC fighter Anthony Smith believes “Bon Gamin” is the best heavyweight in the world today.
It’s not a complete streak considering Gane is 7-0 under the UFC banner and has just won the interim heavyweight title with a TKO victory over Derrick Lewis last August, but Gane still has plenty left. to prove inside the Octagon. Fortunately, he will have the chance to unify his interim belt with Francis Ngannou’s undisputed title at UFC 270 next month.
According to Smith, who serves as a UFC analyst while not preparing for his own light heavyweight fights, Gane will easily defeat Ngannou when the two meet in the New Year. Smith also believes Gane will eventually topple former 205-pound king Jon Jones, who is still plotting his own heavyweight takeover.
“I think Ciryl Gane is the real deal,” Smith said on SiriusXM’s “Fight Nation” that can be seen below. “I’m making the bold prediction, I think Ciryl Gane beats Francis Ngannou, and I think he does it pretty easily. I also think Ciryl Gane beats Jon Jones.
“When Jon Jones finds someone who is a physical and athletic match for him, then I think you need to check out his list of skills and technique,” Smith said. “I think with Ciryl Gane I think he loses this battle. I think Ciryl Gane matches her height and athletic ability, speed, movement.
“Ciryl Gane is definitely the best forward. The little caveat is that if Ciryl Gane can defend a withdrawal, I think he beats Jon Jones, and I think that’s boring. I think it’s a dart game, and they just throw darts at each other. I just think Ciryl Gane is the top level striker. I think he handles distance as well as – maybe a little better than – Jon Jones.
While some MMA analysts have no combat experience to fall back on Smith, he actually spent a full 25 minutes with Jones, who many consider to be one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in MMA history. Jones ended up defeating Smith in a lopsided title defense, but time in the cage gave “Lionheart” special insight into “Bones” abilities.
Smith thinks he’s seen enough in his own fight to figure out what Gane needs to do against Jones to be victorious. Of course, every fight is different, but maybe Smith’s analysis carries weight.
“Being there with Jon Jones for 25 minutes, I was expecting a powerful wrestler that I was really going to wrestle with,” Smith said. “He took 10 eliminations and I stuffed eight. I wasn’t like a Division I wrestler. I was just able to handle this fight.
“Once we got into the clinch that’s when I started having trouble because his arms are long. He is deceptively strong. The melee game is going to be a little funky with these guys, but if they’re just at a distance and Jon Jones is playing his game, I think he’s losing at his own game there.
What do you think, maniacs? Does Gane have what it takes to beat Ngannou at UFC 270 and then Jones later in 2022?
Let’s hear this!