Ciryl Gane responds to Dana White’s underwhelming reaction to UFC Fight Night 186 win
Ciryl Gane understands why UFC President Dana White may not have been thrilled with the UFC Fight Night 186 headlining.
Gane (8-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) scored a relatively uneventful unanimous win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in Saturday's heavyweight main event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It was his first headlining spot and apparently White wasn't thrilled with what he saw.
Although White did not attend the UFC Fight Night 186 post-fight press conference, he did use Yahoo! Kevin Iole from Sports, who passed the message directly to Gane.
"Everyone is talking about Ciryl being that big contender, but look at what did to Francis Ngannou Jairzinho," White wrote to Iole. “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."
Jon Jones unimpressed by Ciryl Gane-Jairzinho Rozenstruik fight at UFC Fight Night 186
Gane said he understood White's perspective, although he didn't take all the blame. The Cageside commentary team of Jon Anik, Michael Bisping and Paul Felder put a heavy load on Rozenstruik, who only scored 42 significant hits in the 25 minutes, as opposed to 102 from Gane.
There wasn't a major climax or dramatic moment in the fight. And because of that, Gane said he understood why White may have been underutilized.
"I can understand," said Gane. “He's the boss and he wants to make money, so you want the guy to be marketable. People want the show. You want the big knockout. So yeah, I'm not ending the fight. I've tried, but I'm not doing it. I can understand (criticism), but I'm fine. "
That being said, Gane said he felt pretty positive about the win. He just beat a more seasoned opponent in his first major UFC event to step up to 8-0 in his career and he's pleased with the effort he's put into getting there.
"I think I did well," said Gane. “I made the fight on my feet. I tried to go down. I did the takedown. I think I handled the fight on my feet well. "
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