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Ciryl Gane targeting a September return after an embarrassing loss

In the high-octane world of mixed martial arts, every fighter faces their share of triumphs and setbacks. For Ciryl Gane, his recent loss to the legendary Jon Jones at UFC 285 may have left fans disappointed, but it has also ignited a fire within the talented heavyweight contender.

Gane was previously defeated by Francis Ngannou, but his encounter with Jones was different. Versus Jones, the former interim heavyweight champion had no opportunity to establish himself since Jones managed to knock him to the ground and strangle him out in just a few minutes.

With his eyes firmly fixed on the future, Gane is wasting no time in preparing for his comeback. Coach Lopez revealed that the French heavyweight sensation is targeting a September return to the octagon and expecting to face the in-form Russian fighter, Sergei Pavlovich. The most recent victim of Pavlovich's first-round knockouts was Curtis Blaydes in the main event at UFC Fight Night 222.

“September, (and) Sergei Pavlovich would be a good opponent,” Lopez told Middle Easy on Gane’s targeted return.

The ground game of Gane has drawn criticism, and Lopez believes they intend to keep working on it.

“He was very affected. As soon as the fight ended, he was like, ‘Jeez, I f*cked up. What just happened?’ It happens. No matter the people who try to criticize you and what was wrong with your wrestling. Actually, you know what? Curtis Blaydes is a good wrestler, but wrestling does not help every time. You can train hard. You can train very good on wrestling, but you will always be under a couple guys in the UFC in the wrestling department, you need to complete that game.

Ciryl Gane's journey in the UFC has been an exhilarating rollercoaster ride, filled with both triumphs and setbacks. His recent loss to Jon Jones has only fueled his determination to bounce back and cement his place among the heavyweight elite. With Coach Fernand Lopez in his corner, Gane's September return promises to be a pivotal moment in his career.


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