Former interim UFC heavyweight titleholder, Ciryl Gane has reacted to UFC London winner, Tom Aspinall’s dominant performance over common-foe, Alexander Volkov on Saturday – admitting that the Atherton native presents a distinct problem to the weight class with his style.
Turning in Octagon victory number five last weekend, Aspinall, a trainee of Team Kaobon in Liverpool, stopped the #6 ranked heavyweight, Volkov in a largely one-sided first round performance, landing an eventual straight armbar win.
The victory followed a prior standout knockout win over Sergey Spivak, and former undisputed heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski – whom Aspinall also submitted.
In attendance at the event, the aforenoted, Gane, a staple of the MMA Factory in his native France under the tutelage of the renowned, Fernand Lopez, shared his thoughts on the dominant win for Aspinall, admitting that the 28-year-old presents a real threat to the upper echelon of the heavyweight division.
“He (Tom Aspinall) is a guy that moves like me but I think is even more technical than me in truth,” Ciryl Gane told RMC Sport during a recent interview. “(He’s) even more complete than me so he is a real problem for the weight class.”
10-1 as a professional, French technician, Gane suffered his first professional loss back in January when he headlined UFC 270 in a title unification bout against Francis Ngannou, suffering a unanimous decision loss.
The defeat snapped Gane’s run of seven straight Octagon successes, including his own win over Volkov, as well as Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Junior dos Santos, Tanner Boser, and an August knockout win over Derrick Lewis to land an interim crown.
While Aspinall nor Gane have yet to book their respective next outings under the promotion’s banner, UFC president, Dana White has alluded to top-5 matches here on out for Aspinall off the back of his win over Volkov.
The Colin Heron student did issue a callout following his O2 Arena victory on Saturday – setting sights on the streaking #3 ranked fan favorite, Tai Tuivasa.