Ciryl Gane talks up Jon Jones showdown 'for the hype and money'

Ciryl Gane talks up Jon Jones showdown ‘for the hype and money’ after BRUTAL demolition of Tai Tuivasa by French heavyweight in front of adoring fans at UFC Paris

  • Ciryl Gane has welcomed a potential fight with UFC legend Jon Jones
  • Gane defeated Tai Tuivasa in the main event of UFC Paris on Saturday
  • The event marked the first time the promotion had held an event in the country
  • MMA had been outlawed in France before the decision was overturned in 2020 

Heavyweight contender Ciryl Gane has welcomed the possibility of a clash with pound-for-pound great Jon Jones after the Frenchman defeated Tai Tuivasa in Paris.

With the UFC’s heavyweight division still in a state of limbo as a result of champion Francis Ngannou’s contract dispute with the organisation, Gane staked his claim to return to the top of the mountain with a win in his native France.

Jon Jones has long teased a move up to the division and, since relinquishing his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship in 2020, has embarked on a period of bulking to prepare himself for the unique challenges of the weight class.

Ciryl Gane defeated Tai Tuivasa in the main event of the UFC’s first event in France

The Frenchman said after the fight that he would be open to welcoming UFC legend Jon Jones to the heavyweight division

Speaking on the UFC post-fight show following his win over Tuivasa, Gane admitted that he would love to have the opportunity to welcome Jones to the 265lbs weight class.

‘To have Jon Jones in this division is going to put some more light, [and] the division is going to shine a little bit more and more, that’s why I’m so happy to have this guy in this division.’ Gane said.

‘I don’t know what’s going to happen exactly. People talk about Stipe [Miocic] against Jones, but I’m here. I’m here. I don’t have a good answer [about who is next but] – maybe Jon Jones for the hype, for the money.’

Pound-for-pound king Jones has long teased a move up to the heavyweight class

Gane’s victory in the main event on Saturday served as a historic moment in the history of mixed martial arts in France.

The sport had long been outlawed in the country, with the ban thought to be the result of lobbying from France’s powerful judo federation.

However, the ban was lifted in 2020, and Gane’s victory in front of a sold-out crowd at the Accor Arena in the nation’s capital could prove to be watershed moment for the sport in France after more than 15 years in the shadows.

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