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Heavyweight Contenders Ciryl Gane and Alexander Volkov to Headline June Event for UFC

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June 26, 2021 will be a huge night for the future of the heavyweight division as contenders Ciryl Gane and Alexander Volkov are set to face each other in the Fight Night Main Event.

After a dominant performance against Jarzihno Rozenstruik in February, the French heavyweight moved up to number 4 in the Heavyweight rankings.

Earlier that month his future opponent Alexander Volkov stopped Allister Overeem in the second round.

Now the two are set to face each other in a bout that could determine the future heavyweight champion of the world. The No. 4 ranked Gane is 8-0 in his MMA career and 5-0 in the UFC. The No. 5 ranked Volkov has as many losses as Gane has fights with a record of 33-8. He is currently on a two fight win streak with his last loss being to Curtis Blaydes by decision.

This matchup is interesting as it leaves Derrick Lewis, the number 1 ranked heavyweight contender, without an opponent.

President of the UFC Dana White has stated that if Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou cannot come to a financial agreement then Lewis would be next up to face Francis in his first title defence.

It is safe to say that the winner of Gane vs. Volkov will be in the discussion for the next heavyweight title fight, whether it be against Jones, Francis, or Lewis, we will have to wait and see.

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