Ciryl Gane Refutes Aspinall’s Ducking Allegations – ‘See You In September’

Ciryl Gane denies ducking Tom Aspinall, saying he will ‘see him’ in September. 

Gane suffered his second consecutive world title loss after losing to Jon Jones at UFC 285 last year. Bones returned after three years out to submit Gane in the first round. That was after Francis Ngannou defeated Gane by decision at UFC 270 in 2022, leaving the Frenchman searching for a title.

Aspinall claims Gane rejected the Sergei Pavlovich fight for the UFC Interim Heavyweight Title. Aspinall would take that fight, stopping him in round one at UFC 295. The win put Aspinall in position for the UFC Heavyweight Title, with the winner of Jones vs. Stipe Miocic possibly next. Gane allegedly ducked Aspinall and Curtis Blaydes, the only man to give Aspinall a loss. 

“He’s dismissed me on multiple occasions, and I’m not the first guy he’s dismissed. I’m not the first guy that he’s ducked. It’s out there for people to see. The reason that I got the Pavlovich fight is because Ciryl didn’t want it. He ducked Pavlovich. He then ducked Curtis Blaydes. Curtis Blaydes has been on record saying that. I asked for him years ago. He didn’t want it then. Then I asked for him in Paris. They flew me over; we tried to make that fight. He didn’t want it then, and we’ll see what the UFC wants to do,” Aspinall said 

Gane bounced back from the Jones loss, stopping Serghei Spivac last September. He is currently second in the heavyweight rankings behind Aspinall, making a fight with the Brit appealing. A win over Aspinall would put Gane a step closer to finally winning a world title. Now, he has called on Aspinall to make the fight. 


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