Ciryl Gane Understands Why Dana White Wasn’t Blown Away by Win
By FCF Staff
Ciryl Gane continued his rise up the UFC’s heavyweight rankings on Saturday. But, the undefeated fighter understands why Dana White wasn’t heaping praise on his performance, following his latest win.
Gane took on Jairzinho Rozenstruik in the headliner of UFC Vegas 20, and was awarded all five rounds by all three judges. While Gane out struck Rozenstruik by a wide margin, the latter never appeared to be in serious danger of being finished.
After the card, Yahoo Sport’s Kevin Iole reported that White had sent the following message to him (quote via MMA Junkie).
“Everybody’s talking about Ciryl being this big contender, but look at what Francis Ngannou did to Jairzinho,” White wrote to Iole, while referencing Ngannou’s 20 second, KO of Rozenstruik. “This was his coming out party and his chance to show the world who he is. He won, but let’s leave it at that. He won.”
When Gane was asked to respond to White’s comments, the French fighter said this.
“I can understand that,” Gane said. “He is the boss, and he wants to make money, so you want the guy marketable. The people want the show. They want the big KO. So yes, I don’t finish the fight. I tried, but I don’t do it. I can understand that (criticism), but I’m OK.”
The 30-year-old Gane extended his record to 8-0 with Saturday’s win.