clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Midnight Mania! ‘Lazy’ Ciryl Gane admits lax training schedule: ‘I only train when a fight is announced’

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight!

TOPSHOT-MMA-UFC-FRA-GANE-TUIVASA-AUS Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA/AFP via Getty Images

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Ciryl Gane is one of the most naturally talented men in MMA.

Gane spent a few years competing in Muay Thai prior to his MMA career, but he didn’t really have an extensive combat sports background. Nevertheless, he was able to pick up on wrestling and grappling incredibly quickly, joining the UFC roster after just three fights on the regional scene. Just another two years later, Gane was lifting the interim UFC Heavyweight title over his head.

His journey from professional debut to UFC title only took three years! That’s astounding, even at Heavyweight. Though he did come up short to another generational talent in Francis Ngannou, he’s since rebounded and put himself back in position to fight for the title against all-time great Jon Jones at UFC 285.

As it turns out, Gane may be even more talented than previously understood. While speaking with La Sueur, Gane recently revealed that he only trains in the lead up to fights, which is pretty wild considering how rapidly he still seems to be improving.

“I love grappling,” Gane said in French (via MMA Junkie). “But unfortunately, I’m lazy, that’s the truth. I only train when a fight is announced. I have a lot of media obligations. Professional opportunities outside of the sport. You can’t say no to all these things. I also have to give time to my family, rest well.”

“If I look back at my career, this a regret: I only train when a fight is announced,” Gane said. “I had my fight against Tuivasa (in September), barely trained since then, and now I’m back it since the Jones fight has been announced.”

Oddly enough, Gane’s opponent may be able to relate. Jones had admitted several times to neglecting training at the height of his powers, notably bragging that he beat up Daniel Cormier “after a weekend of cocaine.” Still, the results of either man cannot be questioned, as both have proven themselves more than capable of putting on championship-level performances across five rounds.

LIVE! Watch UFC 298 PPV On ESPN+ Here!

WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Sat., Feb. 17, 2024, for the first time in more than two years with its latest pay-per-view (PPV) show. In the ESPN+-streamed PPV main event, reigning Featherweight roost-ruler, Alexander Volkanovski, will defend his 145-pound strap against undefeated surging Spanish contender, Ilia Topuria. In addition, former Middleweight kingpin, Robert Whittaker, will finally square off with mercurial mauler, Paulo Costa, in UFC 298’s co-feature. UFC 298 will also feature the returns of Ian Garry, Geoff Neal, Henry Cejudo, Merab Dvalishvili and so much more!

Don’t miss a single second of EPIC face-punching action!

Insomnia

Will Kevin Lee allow Al Iaquinta to save his career? It’s basically time for a Rocky 3 moment!

Wow, I just learned that Jake Paul would absolutely embarrass Andrew Tate in a boxing match. This is damn near Stephen A. Smith calibre mitt work ...

Is this side-by-side of Jones as favorable as the original tweet implies? I don’t see it.

Legless Liam Harrison sounds like a perfect opponent for Floyd Mayweather’s retirement tour.

Let’s check in on Diego Sanchez ahead of his boxing match tomorrow, I’m sure he’s training really hard! Oh wait, he’s in full Satanic Panic mode ...

Shavkat Rakhmonov is an absolutely massive Welterweight, look at him dwarfing Lee and Li Jingliang!

Slips, rips, and KO clips

With as much respect as I can muster: that was an awful spinning back kick.

Getting soccer kicked by CRO COP of all people seems like a really bad time.

There’s some real skill in the amateur MMA scene.

Random Land

A drunken blast from the past.

Midnight Music: Rock, 1977

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the MMA Mania Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your fighting news from MMA Mania