Curtis Blaydes Hopes To Secure ‘Logical’ Pairing Against Ciryl Gane Next

    ByRoss Markey

    Feb 1, 2022

    Perennial UFC heavyweight contender, Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes has suggested a showdown against former interim division titleholder, Ciryl ‘Bon Gamin’ Gane, claiming that a clash of the two is the next “logical” step in both their careers.

    Returning to winning ways at UFC 266 back in September, Illinois wrestling standout, Blaydes managed to land a unanimous decision win against Suriname knockout artist, Jairzinho Rozenstruik over the course of three rounds. 

    For Gane, the MMA Factory Paris mainstay suffered the first professional loss of his mixed martial arts career back in January at UFC 270 – suffering a unanimous decision defeat of his own against common-opposition, Francis Ngannou in a heavyweight title unification bout.

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    Recapturing the #4 rank in the division off the back of his decision win over Rozenstruik, Blaydes claimed that a matchup against Fernand Lopez product, Gane would be the next “logical” step for him.

    “This has to be the next logical matchup for the both of us,” Curtis Blaydes posted on his official Instagram accompanied by a fan-made poster of himself and Ciryl Gane. “@ufc #makessense #dancepartner #heavyweight #contenders”

    Before his unanimous decision win over Rozenstruik, Blaydes saw his impressive four-fight winning run halted by another common-foe, Derrick Lewis courtesy of a thunderous one-punch knockout loss at UFC Vegas 19 in February of last year.

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    Twice competing against the aforenoted current undisputed division kingpin, Ngannou, Blaydes first suffered a second round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss, before a November 2018 headlining tilt in which he dropped a first round knockout defeat.

    In his six-year Octagon tenure, however, Blaydes has landed notable promotional victories over the likes of Aleksei Olienik, Mark Hunt, Alistair Overeem, Shamil Abdurakhimov, Junior dos Santos, and Alexander Volkov.

    For Gane, the 31-year-old dynamic striker has also landed wins over common-foes, Derrick Lewis, Rozenstruik, Volkov, and dos Santos – and remained adamant following his judging loss to Batie native, Ngannou, that he would hope to secure a future rematch with the Cameroonian knockout finisher.

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