There is no denying that Derrick Lewis has incredible power; However, Ciryl Gane believes the key to defeating the “Black Beast” was replicated many times before their UFC 265 fight.
Gane (9-0) will fight Derrick Lewis (25-7-0-1) in the UFC 265 Main Event, held on Saturday August 7th at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX via ESPN + pay-per-view (PPV). The winner will next line up for a title shot against reigning UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. Gane (# 3) admits Lewis (# 2) deserves his position in the leaderboard, but argues that his weaknesses can be exploited.
“Yeah, he’s 100 percent one of the best guys in this division,” Gane told MMAMania.com about Lewis. “It’s not round. When you have someone who can’t fight everywhere like me or [Alexander] Volkov or guys like that, that doesn’t do him any good. That’s why it sometimes didn’t work out [out for Lewis].
“I think it will be the same game plan. Maybe he’s trying wrestling or something. But everyone knows their strengths. He has great power with each hand. Everyone knows that. You have to be careful. “
Gane, 31, played soccer, basketball and soccer in his native France when he was young. He didn’t immediately go into athletics. Instead, Gane worked in sales at a furniture store before a former classmate introduced him to Muay Thai.
“I wasn’t ready to become a professional [athlete]. I do not know why. I just enjoyed sport. When I was young, I didn’t want to be an athlete. I didn’t want any pressure or anything like that. For me, sport is simply a pleasure, ”he explains. “When I was 24 I was [working] in this furniture [store]. It’s really crazy because I’m a sporty type and I find it easy to do any sport. I said, ‘Okay, let’s go. I’ll try it.'”
Gane, who was born in La Roche-sur-Yon in western France, also touched his father’s roots on Guadeloupe, an archipelago of French regions in the southern Caribbean.
“It’s a Caribbean island. It’s very nice, ”he says enthusiastically. “The weather is always hot. You have beautiful seas, forests and mountains. Everything is nice. My father lived there. It’s part of me. “
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