Every now and then the heavyweight division gets a spanner in the works and sooner rather than later, this spanner becomes a hammer and obliterates every man in his way, e.g, Ngannou. In recent times, MMA has witnessed a similar figure in the form of Gane, who made his debut in the sport just three years ago and after just four bouts in the UFC, the Frenchman has a magnificent 4-0 record and a 7-0 résumé overall.
What makes all this more extraordinary is despite being 6ft 6 and weighing 245 lbs in his last bought, Gane has three submissions, three TKO/KO wins and one decision win, proving that he is more than just a wrecking ball and a skillfully astute competitor.
Within this streak, the 30-year-old grappled with the unbeaten jiu-jitsu specialist, Raphael Pessoa, to force the tap on the Brazilian via an arm-triangle choke in the first round. Gane would then meet Don'Tale Mayes, who, after an exceptional boxing display from his opponent, succumbed to a sensational heel hook submission through another excellent grappling transition from "Bon Gamin" after a flurry of stand-up shots.
A decision win against Tanner Boser would follow following three rounds of excellent boxing from the unbeaten French kickboxer, as he delivered snappy one-two combinations all night, with Boser trying to apply the pressure, but was met with versatile strikes from Gane.
As one of just six French fighters in the UFC, the Paris representative really established himself as a true contender by defeating the legendary Junior dos Santos via elbows in round two after more brilliant work in the kickboxing department by hacking at the Brazilian's legs and starting off the finish with a devastating jab.
Gane is a phenom. He's been in the sport for pretty much the same amount of time that Miocic has held the belt for, but has registered wins in every department. The Frenchman is a talent that hasn't just risen with physical superiority, but with skill and technique to beat threatening figures in the division.
Truthfully, he is one of the least talked about prospects on the roster, which likely has something to do with the fact Ngannou and the Miocic-Cormier rivalry have taken the limelight and how Gane is not exactly young at 30 years old. However, we expect him to defeat another contender in Rozenstruik and rocket himself into the title talk.
The manner in which the number seven ranked fighter has accumulated his wins makes this an intriguing bout throughout, but with a superior reach and height and such a wide range of kickboxing skills, we believe "Bon Gamin" will get this done via TKO/KO.