Ciryl Jacky Gane[4] (born April 12, 1990)[5] is a French professional mixed martial artist and former Muay Thai fighter. He currently competes in the Heavyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is a former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion. A professional fighter since 2014, Gane has also formerly competed for TKO Major League MMA where he was the Heavyweight Champion.[6] As of November 14, 2023, he is #2 in the UFC heavyweight rankings.[7]

Ciryl Gane
Gane in 2022
BornCiryl Jacky Gane
(1990-04-12) April 12, 1990 (age 34)
La Roche-sur-Yon, France
Other namesBon Gamin ("Good Kid")
ResidenceNogent-sur-Marne, France[1]
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight248 lb (112 kg; 17 st 10 lb)
Reach81 in (206 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofParis, France
TeamMMA Factory (2017–present)[3]
TrainerFernand Lopez
Years active2018–present (MMA)
2014–2018 (Muay Thai)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission3
By decision3
By submission1
By decision1
Muay Thai record
By knockout9
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Early life


Gane was born in La Roche-sur-Yon, and is of Guadeloupean descent through his father. His father, Romain Gane was a bus driver, and footballer in the Division d'Honneur. As a youth, Gane played football and basketball. Despite his sporting talent, Gane decided to work in sales at a furniture store and he joined a work-study program in Paris. During this time, a former classmate introduced Gane to Muay Thai.[8]

Muay Thai career


Gane made his professional debut on June 4, 2016, in a AFMT Muay thai heavyweight title fight against Jérémy Jeanne. He won the fight by a second-round knockout.[9]

After a decision win against Samih Bachar, Gane was scheduled to fight the K-1 veteran Brice Guidon at La Nuit Des Titans. He beat Guidon by a third-round knockout.[10]

Gane was scheduled to defend his AFMT title against Jonathan Gengoul at Muay Thai Spirit 5.[11] He won the fight by a first-round knockout.[12]

At Warriors Night, Gane beat Bangaly Keita by a third-round knockout.[13] He was then scheduled to fight the multiple-time WBC Muaythai champion Yassine Boughanem at Duel 2. Gane won the fight by decision.[14]

Mixed martial arts career


Early career


Coached by Fernand Lopez, Ciryl Gane made his professional MMA debut in 2018. He was first contracted to the Canadian MMA promotion TKO, where his first fight was for the vacant TKO heavyweight championship, against Bobby Sullivan. He won the title fight in the first round through a front choke.[15]

He defended the heavyweight championship a month later against Adam Dyczka, winning the fight in the second round via a TKO.[16] His third fight in TKO, and his second title defense, was against Roggers Souza, which he won in the first round by a TKO.[17]

Ultimate Fighting Championship


Gane made his promotional debut on August 10, 2019, at UFC Fight Night: Shevchenko vs. Carmouche 2 against Raphael Pessoa.[18] Gane won the fight by an arm triangle choke at the end of the first round.[19]

Gane faced Don'Tale Mayes on October 26, 2019, at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Askren. Gane won the fight via a heel hook in the third round, earning him a Performance of the Night bonus.[20]

Gane faced Tanner Boser on December 21, 2019, at UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. The Korean Zombie.[21] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[22]

Gane was scheduled to face Shamil Abdurakhimov on April 18, 2020, at UFC 249.[23] However, on March 5, 2020, it was announced that Gane was forced to pull out from the event after suffering pneumothorax during training.[24] The bout was eventually rescheduled for July 11, 2020, at UFC 251.[25] Subsequently, the pairing was cancelled a second time and scrapped from this event in mid-June as Abdurakhimov was removed from the bout for undisclosed reasons. In turn, Gane was expected to face Sergei Pavlovich on August 8, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 174.[26] Pavlovich however had to pull out because of an injury.[27] Therefore the original fight against Shamil Abdurakhimov was scheduled again on September 26, 2020, at UFC 253;[28] however, the bout was rescheduled again to UFC Fight Night 180 on October 18, 2020.[29] The bout fell through once again as Abdurakhimov pulled out due to undisclosed reasons on September 28, 2020, and he was replaced by promotional newcomer Ante Delija.[30] On October 14, 2020, it was announced that the bout was cancelled due to Delija's contractual problems with his previous deal with the PFL.[31]

Gane faced Junior dos Santos on December 12, 2020, at UFC 256.[32] He won the fight via technical knockout in the second round.[33]

Gane faced Jairzinho Rozenstruik on February 27, 2021, at UFC Fight Night 186.[34] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[35]

Gane faced Alexander Volkov on June 26, 2021, at UFC Fight Night 190.[36] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[37]

Gane faced Derrick Lewis on August 7, 2021, at UFC 265 for the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship.[38] He won the one-sided fight via technical knockout in round three.[39] This fight earned him the Performance of the Night award.[40]

Gane faced Francis Ngannou for the UFC Heavyweight Championship on January 22, 2022, at UFC 270.[41] Gane was ahead after the first two rounds, but Ngannou switched to wrestling and controlled him for the majority rounds three through five. He lost the fight via unanimous decision, marking his first defeat in any martial arts competition.[42]

Gane faced Tai Tuivasa on September 3, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 209.[43] He won the fight via knockout in round three.[44] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[45]

Gane faced Jon Jones for the vacant UFC Heavyweight Championship on March 4, 2023, at UFC 285.[46] He lost via a guillotine choke submission in the first round.[47][48]

Gane faced Serghei Spivac on September 2, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 226.[49] He won the fight via TKO in the second round. The win also earned Gane his third Performance of the Night bonus award.[50]

Gane is scheduled to face Alexander Volkov in a rematch on October 26, 2024 at UFC 308.[51]

Personal life


Gane and his wife have two daughters.[52] They live in Nogent-sur-Marne, in the eastern suburbs of Paris.[1]

Championships and accomplishments


Muay Thai

  • Académie Française de Muay Thai
    • AFMT National Title +91 kg (+201 lb) (One time)
      • One successful title defense

Mixed martial arts


Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
14 matches 12 wins 2 losses
By knockout 6 0
By submission 3 1
By decision 3 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–2 Serghei Spivac TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Spivac September 2, 2023 2 3:44 Paris, France Performance of the Night.
Loss 11–2 Jon Jones Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 285 March 4, 2023 1 2:04 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the vacant UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 11–1 Tai Tuivasa KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Tuivasa September 3, 2022 3 4:23 Paris, France Fight of the Night.
Loss 10–1 Francis Ngannou Decision (unanimous) UFC 270 January 22, 2022 5 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 10–0 Derrick Lewis TKO (punches) UFC 265 August 7, 2021 3 4:11 Houston, Texas, United States Won the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 9–0 Alexander Volkov Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Volkov June 26, 2021 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–0 Jairzinho Rozenstruik Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gane February 27, 2021 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–0 Junior dos Santos TKO (elbow) UFC 256 December 12, 2020 2 2:34 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–0 Tanner Boser Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. The Korean Zombie December 21, 2019 3 5:00 Busan, South Korea
Win 5–0 Don'Tale Mayes Submission (heel hook) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Askren October 26, 2019 3 4:46 Kallang, Singapore Performance of the Night.
Win 4–0 Raphael Pessoa Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Shevchenko vs. Carmouche 2 August 10, 2019 1 4:12 Montevideo, Uruguay
Win 3–0 Roggers Souza TKO (punches) TKO 48: Souza vs Gane May 24, 2019 1 4:26 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada Defended the TKO Heavyweight Championship.
Win 2–0 Adam Dyczka TKO (punches) TKO 44: Hunter vs Barriault September 21, 2018 2 4:57 Québec City, Quebec, Canada Defended the TKO Heavyweight Championship.
Win 1–0 Bobby Sullivan Submission (guillotine choke) TKO Fight Night 1 August 2, 2018 1 1:42 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Heavyweight debut. Won the vacant TKO Heavyweight Championship.


Pay-per-view bouts

No. Event Fight Date City Venue PPV Buys
1. UFC 265 Lewis vs. Gane August 7, 2021 Houston, Texas, United States Toyota Center Not Disclosed[58]
2. UFC 270 Ngannou vs. Gane January 22, 2022 Anaheim, California, United States Honda Center Not Disclosed[59]
3. UFC 285 Jones vs. Gane March 4, 2023 Paradise, Nevada, United States T-Mobile Arena Not Disclosed[60]

Muay Thai record

Professional Muay Thai record
13 Wins (9 (T)KOs, 4 Decisions), 0 Losses, 0 Draws
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
June 9, 2018 Win   Daniel Lentie La Nuit De l'Impact IV   Saintes, France TKO 1 N/A 13–0
October 28, 2017 Win   Yassine Boughanem Duel 2   Paris, France Decision 3 3:00 12–0
May 27, 2017 Win   Bangaly Keita Warriors Night   Paris, France TKO 3 N/A 11–0
April 22, 2017 Win   Jonathan Gengoul Muay Thai Spirit 5   Les Herbiers, France KO 1 N/A 10–0
Defended the AFMT Muay thai National Title +201 lb (+91 kg)
March 18, 2017 Win   Brice Guidon La Nuit Des Titans   Tours, France TKO 3 N/A 9–0
November 5, 2016 Win   Samih Bachar Gala des 5 Nations   Nanterre, France Decision 3 3:00 8–0
June 4, 2016 Win   Jérémy Jeanne Hurricane Fighting 3   Châlons-en-Champagne, France TKO 2 N/A 7–0
Won the AFMT Muay thai National Title +201 lb (+91 kg)
April 2, 2016 Win   Imed Souissi 8e Défi des Champions   M’Saken, Tunisie KO 1 N/A 6–0
December 10, 2015 Win   Brandon Mobi Paris Fight   Paris, France Decision 3 3:00 5–0
October 31, 2015 Win   Brandon Mobi Show Thaï 13   Aubervilliers, France Decision 3 3:00 4–0
May 8, 2015 Win   Jonathan Gengoul Show Thaï 12   Aubervilliers, France KO 2 N/A 3–0
February 15, 2015 Win   Yann Kouadja Super Fight   Paris, France KO 2 N/A 2–0
November 1, 2014 Win   Cyril Omahri Show Thaï 10   Aubervilliers, France KO 1 N/A 1–0
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

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Preceded by 6th UFC Heavyweight Interim Champion
7 August 2021 – 22 January 2022
Title next held by
Tom Aspinall