Ciryl Gane Reflects On UFC 285 Loss Against Jon Jones: ‘It’s A Nightmare. It’s Not The Reality’

Ciryl Gane looked back at his devastating loss against Jon Jones before returning to the Octagon on Saturday night.

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Ciryl Gane (Left) and Gane facing off with Jon Jones (Right)(Images via Instagram @Ciryl_Gane)

Ciryl Gane opened up about his disappointing loss against Jon Jones

In March of this year, Gane headlined UFC 285 in a vacant heavyweight title fight against Jones, a former light heavyweight champion who’s considered one of the greatest fighters of all time. There were plenty of questions about how ‘Bones’ would do at heavyweight, and he quickly silenced the doubters by securing a first-round submission

The loss was devastating for Gane, as fans turned on him and questioned if he was a legitimate future world champion. During an interview with the UFC’s John Gooden, ‘Bon Gamin’ reflected on his UFC 285 performance by saying: 

“We was confident. We was comfortable with this situation… I was here. I was really happy to be here, to fight. And boom, three minutes, bam. It was a bad moment. It was a really bad moment. At this moment, when he did it, I remember staying in the cage like, oh, it’s a nightmare. It’s not the reality…Sometimes it’s good. Sometimes it’s wrong. We’re gonna go back to the gym. Let’s go, focus on your future.”

Ciryl Gane addresses the social media critics who turned on him

Ciryl Gane made his UFC debut in August 2019. The French-born heavyweight put the division on notice after winning his first seven fights with the promotion, including four inside the distance.

In January 2022, ‘Bon Gamin’ suffered a setback by losing his first professional MMA fight against Francis Nagnnou. Luckily for him, he bounced back eight months later, knocking out Tai Tuivasa to earn the title shot against Jon Jones. 

After Gane lost against Jones at UFC 285, most fans went from praising him to focusing on his flaws. During the same interview with John Gooden, ‘Bon Gamin’ discussed the social media critics turning on him by saying: 

“The people expected a big war…In three minutes, it’s not exactly what the people expected, me too. I was disappointed. The people was disappointed, and when the people around the social media are disappointed, the people are really bad. Yeah, really bad, but this is the generation, unfortunately, and the people completely forgot what I did.”

On Saturday night, September 2, Ciryl Gane has an opportunity to bounce back when he headlines UFC Paris. The former heavyweight title challenger has been matched up against Serghei Spivac, who is riding a three-fight win streak, all inside the distance. 

With a win against Spivac, Gane would be back on track to earning another title shot.

Published on August 29, 2023 at 3:56 am
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