Cyril Gane is set to headline the first UFC event in Paris, France against Tai Tuivasa. While “Bon Gamin” knows the pressure of fighting for a UFC title, Josh Thomson wonders if he’s mentally prepared for the stress that comes with fighting in your hometown.
Gane was born in La Roche-sur-Yon in western France, but lived and trained in Paris for years. In a new episode of Weighing, Thomson shared his experience of headlining a show in your own backyard. He said:
“It’s a big, big thing and to think he doesn’t feel some kind of pressure? Do you think the title fight was a lot of pressure? Try to fight back when your family, your friends you haven’t talked to in five, six, eight, ten years come after you, hit you on social media, hit you on the phone, text. They come out of the woodwork and can be a distraction.”
Thomson went on to say he hoped Cyril Gane had spent most of the battle week with his phone switched off and suggested getting a “burner” phone in the future so immediate family could still be in touch while those who wish well and can be hanged. – we can’t.
Watch Josh Thomson describe his hometown fight below:
While this will be Cyril Gane’s first MMA bout in France, it won’t be his first time competing athletically in his home country. All but one of his 13 Muay Thai fights have taken place in France, including four in Paris.
Cyril Gane insists nothing will spoil the UFC Paris ‘party’
If Cyril Gane is feeling the pressure from the first UFC event in Paris, he’s not showing it. When asked his thoughts on the interesting position, “Bon Gamin” laughed and simply said that it’s nice not to have “no jet lag.”
In an interview with UFC.com, a relaxed Gamin suggested that nothing will stop UFC Paris from being a big party. He said:
“I saw an interview from [Tai Tuivasa], and wants to renew the party. But don’t worry – I’ll win and we’ll party together. This is a chance to have a little more fun. I really hope that everybody wins this Saturday – every French fighter – and even if one guy loses, that would be fine. This doesn’t put too much pressure.”
Cyril Gane enters UFC Paris with a 10-1 record, with his only loss a decision loss to heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. While some wonder if the recent loss will affect his mindset at UFC Paris, the French heavyweight seemed more grateful for the opportunity to compete for the title than devastated that he lost it.