Las Vegas, NV — Ciryl Gane felt one emotion above all else following his submission loss to Jon Jones at UFC 285 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
“Disappointed, of course. But the biggest thing is, really angry about myself. Really angry,” the former UFC interim heavyweight champion told media outlets including Cageside Press. “Yes, we accepted this fight, it was not short-notice, but the time was not too long ago. But man, we worked a lot, we worked a lot. And we spent a lot of time with my team, my sparring partners.”
“I’m really angry about myself, because I spent a lot of time, my partners, my coaches, my family, and I don’t have a good [result] during the fight. So I’m really angry.”
Jones submitted Gane inside of a round with a guillotine choke, in “Bones'” debut as a heavyweight. Asked whether Jones felt like a true heavyweight, Gane replied that “it was a short feeling, but he’s a real heavyweight, for sure. Yeah. He’s a real heavyweight. Of course.”
He also differentiated his losses to Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones, saying Saturday night was his first “real loss.”
“This is a real loss. This is the first real loss I have. The loss against Francis, it was not a big loss for me. I learned, but it was not too big,” suggested Gane. “But this one, so painful. This one is a real loss. So now, this is the past, and I must go forward to see the future. And I’m going to go straight back to the gym.”
Gane’s record in mixed martial arts fell to 11-2 with the loss to Jones.
Watch the full UFC 285 post-fight press conference with Ciryl Gane above.