In a shocking revelation, Ciryl Gane has shed light on the key mistake he made that resulted in his submission loss to Jon Jones in their highly anticipated heavyweight title fight. Speaking candidly about the bout, Gane disclosed that a single ill-fated punch ultimately sealed his fate.
Entering the octagon with unwavering confidence, Gane found himself in a precarious position mere moments into the fight. Reflecting on the crucial moment, the Frenchman admitted to an error in managing his distance, a mistake that Jones astutely capitalized on to bring the fight to the ground.
"I don't know why exactly, but I cannot manage my distance very well during some moments, and I did a mistake," Gane revealed to MMAJunkie. "Maybe he knew already I'm going to do this mistake, and he took his opportunity... During all the camp Fernand Lopez told me every time we started training, jab and no big hand. Just jab. And what I did? A big hand. Big mistake, and he took the opportunity."
Once the fight descended to the mat, Jones swiftly capitalized, securing a submission that forced Gane to tap out. Although the loss was swift, Gane emphasized that he wasn't caught off guard by Jones' formidable strength or grappling skills, as he had adequately prepared for those aspects. Instead, it was the critical mistake that allowed the fight to reach the ground that ultimately cost him victory.
In hindsight, Gane believed he had been finding success on his feet, noting that Jones' speed did not live up to his initial expectations. However, the failure to manage distance and the subsequent takedown shattered any chances of capitalizing on his striking prowess.
"He was not fast," Gane recalled. "Maybe he was not fast, but I was not good, too. I didn't manage my distance. I was not good, but I remember he was not fast... He had power because he touched me, I don't remember where, but he landed some punches with power, but not fast."
This revelation from Gane not only highlights the significance of precision and strategy in the unforgiving realm of mixed martial arts but also emphasizes the fine margins that determine victory or defeat.
As he continues his journey in the heavyweight division, fans and pundits alike will eagerly await his redemption, armed with the lessons learned from his pivotal mistake against Jon Jones.