Ciryl Gane decisions Jairzinho Rozenstruik

LAS VEGAS — When the UFC revealed the heavyweight match in between Ciryl Gane and Jairzinho Rozenstruik would heading the program at Peak on Saturday, it was one to circle on the calendar.

It included 2 huge and effective males, each of whom had knockout power, in a substantial match of competitors within the department.

It appeared, on paper, a can’t-miss out on.

However when the bell sounded on Saturday, it missed out on for the majority of the 25 minutes it lasted. Both males bewared and there were prolonged durations of lack of exercise. Gane properly made the consentaneous choice, as he was a little busier, however this was a battle in which the track record of neither fighter was boosted.

All 3 judges had it 50-45 for Gane, who got in the bout ranked 8th. Rozenstruik, who entered into the bout 4th, lost for just the 2nd time.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 27: (R-L) Ciryl Gane of France punches Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname in a heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 27: (R-L) Ciryl Gane of France punches Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname in a heavyweight bout throughout the UFC Battle Night occasion at UFC PINNACLE on February 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Picture by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Gane made what bit battle there was, moving on and requiring Rozenstruik to the cage. Both males appreciated the other’s power, which was the battle’s failure. They didn’t let their hands go much therefore little took place. If there was a crowd, boos would have filled the place.

The most activity Rozenstruik revealed throughout the bout was when he would tap his cup to suggest to referee Herb Dean that he was struck low or when he wiggled his fingers in front of his eyes to state he’d been poked.

Aside From that, he tossed a couple of wild shots that Gane quickly prevented.

Gane, who originated from the very same health club in Paris that produced No. 1 competitor Francis Ngannou, didn’t do far more. He took Rozenstruik down numerous times and was at least attempting to produce a battle. However he didn’t let his hands go almost as much as he ought to have, either, and the outcome was a desultory bout that nobody would wish to see once again.

Gane figures to move up in the rankings after the win, but the performance still ought to slow his momentum. He remains relatively inexperienced — this was just his eighth MMA fight — and it was only one night. But he didn’t look like a potential champion on this night.

Neither man did as they warily looked for openings and declined to accept much, if any risk.

That occasionally happens with heavyweights, however this fight had so much potential on paper that it seemed a can’t-miss. As it turned out, it was simply about a can’t-watch.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.