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Ciryl Gane available to interim title after UFC Fight Night 209, explains why Francis Ngannou rematch will be different

PARIS Anyone, anywhere.

Thats always been the solution from Ciryl Gane when asked about future matchups. However, after his UFC Fight Night 209 TKO victory over Tai Tuivasa, things certainly are a tad different. Theres a stipulation. Gane (11-1 MMA, 8-1UFC) is defined on gold.

I dont know whats likely to happen exactly, Gane told reporters including MMA Junkie at the post-fight news conference. I believe nobody is knowing whats likely to happen. That they had a large turnover in this division currently. I dont know if theres likely to be an interim title. I dont know when he will keep coming back if he stays in the division, Francis. I dont know when he really wants to fight (or is) in a position to fight. I dont know exactly, but regardless of who. I say each time, anyone-anywhere. However now Im searching for the belt, yeah.

At this time, Francis Ngannou currently holds the UFC heavyweight title. He could be not currently booked as he continues to rehab his knee from surgery earlier in the entire year. Former champions Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones may also be nearing returns. Perennial contender Curtis Blaydes also sits idly by.

The opponent doesnt matter for Gane, that he returns in a title opportunity. The general public conversation has included potential interim titles. Gane is a former interim champion and doesnt oppose doing that again.

No, (I dont mind) because I am aware the UFC must manage this example, Gane said. Its challenging. He’s got big injuries and big surgeries, therefore i can understand. EASILY dont desire to wait quite a long time, then yes, Im OK having an interim title. This might put me on the initial line for the belt here.

Gane is Ngannous latest title defense. Former training partners, they fought at UFC 270 in January when Ngannou (17-3 MMA, 12-2 UFC) defeated Gane by unanimous decision. Regardless of the results recency, Gane doesnt think its indicative of a repeated outcome.

I believe Francis did perfectly because he previously more experience, more maturity, Gane said. He did an extremely great (job). Thats why I dont think he was way much better than me with this day, but he did really better. If tomorrow I’ve my revenge, I have to execute a better (job).

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkies event hub for UFC Fight Night 209.

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