Showing the promised masterclass in his fight against Sergey Spivak at UFC Fight Night 226 in Paris, former UFC interim heavyweight champion Cyril Gan gave an assessment of his performance and also shared his future plans.
“I’m not going to lie – I felt the pressure and I wanted to perform well,” the Frenchman said at the post-event press conference. “It’s not a game of basketball or soccer – it’s different. You feel completely different emotions. I was a little bit scared, I was a little bit overwhelmed. And I really wanted to do well. It was my mission – I had to shine because I want to get back to the championship belt. This is my race and I want to do it.”
Gan again made it clear that he is not interested in fighting Tom Aspinall, and that he will decide his next move after Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic fight on Nov. 11 at UFC 295 in New York.
“A new era of the heavyweight division is coming and we’re expecting big changes. We’re all waiting for a big title fight between two of the greatest fighters who can end their careers after this, and for me this is a chance. Tonight I had to shine and prove that I’m still here and I was up to the task. Now let’s wait for the title fight and see how it plays out”
The heavyweight fight between Cyril Gagne and Sergey Spivak, headlining another event of the world’s strongest league, ended at the 3:44 mark of the second round with the Frenchman winning by technical knockout. By decimating the Moldavian representative, Gan rehabilitated himself for his previous gutless defeat to Jon Jones in a fight for the vacant title, and also retained the second spot in the UFC heavyweight rankings.