Finishing the Fight: UFC Vegas 20

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Ciryl Gane UFC Vegas 20 weigh-in
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 26: Ciryl Gane of France poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on February 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Every fighter has their go-to moves, especially specialists within certain martial arts disciplines. Their own signature styles can lead to spectacular finishes. Whether it’s a scary-good rear-naked choke that fighters just can’t seem to avoid once going to the ground or crazy power in a straight left hand that has dropped even granite-chinned fighters with ease, each fighter has a particular finishing move or sequence. Moves that have stuck in fan’s minds and come to define and describe their careers within the cage.

For UFC Vegas 20 we will take a look at some fighters with only a few (5 or less) fights in the UFC, rather than those fighters that are long-time UFC veterans with a bunch of finishes with the promotion.

 

Ciryl “Bon Gamin” Gane (7-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC)

Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 6

Via KO/TKO:  3

Via Submission: 3

Total Number of UFC Finishes: 3

Via KO/TKO: 1

(Junior dos Santos)

Via Submission: 2

(Don’Tale Mayes and Raphael Pessoa)

Ciryl Gane became a professional MMA fighter less than three years ago with his debut in August of 2018 under the TKO promotional banner (a Canadian promotion). But Ciryl’s professional combat sports career had actually began two years prior to that when he was competing in the Académie Françoise de Muay Thai (AFMT), where he actually won the 201lbs national title in his home country of France. Gane amassed a pro Muay Thai record of 7-0 with 5 TKOs.

With France not legalizing MMA till early last year, Gane is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished frenchmen in MMA today. Despite his striking background, Gane has showed so much of his submission grappling abilities in the cage thus far in his career. In terms of striking, Gane has displayed beautiful teeps and often uses them along with his heavy jab to march into close range on his opponent. Once deeper in his opponent’s range, Gane looks to land his knees and elbows. Just like the vicious elbow that finished his most recent opponent Junior dos Santos, Ciryl utilizes the close range secure takedown often via a body lock or a double leg.

Gane has showed a great submission arsenal thus far in his UFC career, with an arm triangle choke in his UFC debut against then 9-0 Raphael Pessoa, and in his next fight a heel hook against Don’Tale Mayes. Ciryl is a talented fighter that can certainly stand and bang with his opponent in the main event of UFC Vegas 20— but fans should not be surprised if he looks to take it to the ground at least a couple of times during the fight.

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