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Was criticism of Cyril Gane’s UFC Fight Night 186 performance fair? | Spinning Back Clique

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Was criticism of Cyril Gane's UFC Fight Night 186 performance fair? | Spinning Back Clique

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- Fun times in the UFC heavyweight division. And speaking of that division, Ciryl Gane's win at the weekend, guys, might not have been the most thrilling we've seen in a heavyweight main event. And it didn't exactly get gushing praise from UFC president Dana White either. The phrase damning with faint praise might spring to mind when you look at what you tell Kevin Iole before the press conference.

What was your view of Dana White's comments? Do you think they were a fair critique of Gane's performance? Or did you think it was a little bit unfair and perhaps a little bit unnecessary? We'll do 2 minutes for this one. And Nolan, you can kick off.

NOLAN KING: Yeah. I mean, I don't have a problem with Dana saying that it wasn't the most thrilling fight, it wasn't the most exciting, or perhaps that he was even a little bit disappointed. I think that those would all be fair criticisms. But I thought it was kind of weird that he was using Francis Ngannou as the threshold. You know, he was saying, well Gane's supposed to be the next big thing, and you saw what Ngannou did to Rozenstruik. Gane didn't do that. So I mean, if the threshold for impressiveness is Francis Ngannou's 20 second knock out where he bowled over Rozenstruik, he's going to be pretty damn disappointed with pretty much anybody that fights Rozenstruik.

I thought Gane put on a great performance. Nothing to be ashamed of. And he showed a lot of good things for a fighter who just started three years ago.

- See, this time I'm gonna have to disagree with a man Nolan King. I thought it was a fair assessment. And Dana was smart because I think he was really, really frustrated. So this was just a text that he sent to another MMA media member, Kevin Iole. He knew that if he sat down in front of everybody, he was probably going to say some stuff that he didn't regret.

And why chop down one of your stars when you really don't need to? He just wanted to send a message, hey look, I want a little bit more. And on the heels of Volkov and Lewis, I think that's fair, because if Gane, who's undefeated, wants to follow in those footsteps, then yeah, he needs to take advantage of the big spotlight he just had headlining against Jairzinho Rozenstruik dominating him, but probably not taking it to the fifth gear. Now, I will say it was fair and it was-- the key was adding the Ngannou comment, in my opinion.

- I think if you have a problem with the way that fight unfolded, you have a problem with the sport, not with the fighters. Those are the rules. That's the way things are designed. He fought that fight to get the win. Now here's the thing. If he wants to move up in the company, if he wants title fights, if he doesn't want the fans to be upset for them to buy his pay-per-views, Gane's probably going to have to step it up a notch. You can only play that card so many times. And it's a heavyweight division with killers left and right. So you can only do this so many times. But the guy did enough to win the fight. I know his coaches were probably happy. His manager maybe not.

- Yeah. Interesting to see what happens next.

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