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Dana White: We’re Working On Ciryl Gane vs. Junior dos Santos

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With his scheduled co-main event tomorrow night at UFC Fight Island 6 opposite promotional newcomer Ante Dulija scrapped – French upstart, Ciryl ‘Bon Gamin’ is reportedly in line for an even more high-profile pairing, opposite former heavyweight champion, Junior ‘Cigano’ dos Santos.

The streaking grappler and striker was slated to take co-headlining status against former KSW feature, Delija at tomorrow’s ‘Fight Night’ event – with a contractual dispute resulting in the Croat’s removal from the pairing. Gane was unable to secure a new opponent on short-notice – resulting in his removal to boot. 

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Speaking with media this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s showcase, promotional president, Dana White told French outlet, Le Sueur, that the organization were attempting to nail down an eye-catching bout between Gane and veteran Brazilian striker, dos Santos.

We’re working on him (Gane) and JDS (Junior dos Santos),” White explained.

Riding a six-fight unbeaten run since his transition to mixed martial arts from Muay Thai back in August of 2018 – Gane has scored a 3-0 record under the promotion’s banner since his debut back in August of last year in Montevideo, Uruguay. 

Debuting with an arm-triangle win over Raphael Pessoa, the 30-year-old La Roche-sur-Yon native managed a late heel-hook win over Don’Tale Mayes, prior to a unanimous decision win over fellow division upstart, Tanner Boser at UFC Fight Night Busan in December.

Dropping three-consecutive knockouts recently, fan-favourite Santa Catarina-born boxer, dos Santos suffered losses to one-time title challenger, Francis Ngannou, as well as contenders, Curtis Blaydes, and Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

Prior to his knockout defeat to Ngannou, the American Top Team trainee had amassed a notable three-fight rise against Derrick Lewis, Tai Tuivasa, and Blagoy Ivanov. 

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