September 27, 2022

Prime UFC heavyweight Ciryl Gane proved he’s a multi-talented athlete when he took half in a charity match alongside among the largest names in soccer.

Earlier than he grew to become the most effective MMA fighters on the planet, Gane spent a lot of his time taking part in soccer and by all accounts, he’s truly fairly good.

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The UFC heavyweight has performed in two large charity soccer matches in France

So, when the chance got here to partake within the ‘Match For Heroes’ between Marseille legends and Staff UNICEF, and be coached by former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, he took it with each palms.

‘Bon Gamin’ bought the prospect to indicate off his abilities alongside former Premier League stars Didier Drogba, Jens Lehmann, Esteban Cambiasso, Robert Pires, Marcel Desailly, and Samir Nasri in October 2021.

The 6ft 5inch knockout artist clearly impressed and was invited again for the subsequent match which came about in Might.

Gane, who’s surprisingly nimble on his toes for a giant man, shocked followers by displaying off his fancy footwork throughout a mazey midfield run.

Later within the recreation, he did one thing rather more predictable when he left one of many opposition gamers in a heap on the ground after they went body-to-body for the ball.

Away from soccer, the previous interim heavyweight champion is about to headline a historic card when the UFC heads to France for the primary time ever.

‘Bon Gamin’ was all smiles after watching Drogba score a hat-trick

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‘Bon Gamin’ was all smiles after watching Drogba rating a hat-trick

The former Chelsea striker was one of the many legends Gane got the chance to play with

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The previous Chelsea striker was one of many many legends Gane bought the prospect to play with


It’ll be a landmark event for the promotion, who are trusting Gane to headline in Paris against the always dangerous and entertaining Australian Tai Tuivasa.

Gane is looking to get back to winning ways after falling short in his bid to unify the heavyweight division when he fought his former teammate, Francis Ngannou, earlier this year.

Prior to that, the 32-year-old was unbeaten in 10 MMA fights and had picked up several high-profile wins over top fighters like Derrick Lewis, Alexander Volkov, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, and Junior dos Santos.

Tuivasa has recently become a surprise contender at heavyweight after stringing together five consecutive knockout wins over Lewis, Augusto Sakai, and Greg Hardy.

Gane is headlining a UFC card in his native France where all the attention will be on him as he looks to get back into a place to challenge for the title

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Gane is headlining a UFC card in his native France where all the attention will be on him as he looks to get back into a place to challenge for the title

Standing in his way is Australia’s Tuivasa, one of the most popular fighters in the UFC

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Standing in his way is Australia’s Tuivasa, one of the most popular fighters in the UFC

‘Bam Bam’ has endeared himself to UFC fans due to his wacky walkouts and post-fight celebrations that almost always involve him drinking beer from a shoe.

Whoever wins in the UFC Paris main event will put themselves in line for a shot at the UFC heavyweight title that is expected to be on the line later this year.

Ngannou currently holds the belt but is sidelined due to injury and his UFC future is in limbo as he is yet to re-sign with the promotion after his latest contract expired.

This means that an interim title could be up for grabs when Jon Jones makes his divisional debut, potentially against former champion, Stipe Miocic, who hasn’t fought since Ngannou knocked him out at UFC 260 in March 2021.