Ciryl Gane is heavily favored against Junior dos Santos at UFC 256: Figueiredo vs. Moreno on Saturday, December 12 in Las Vegas Nevada. This event is one of five fights on the main pay-per-view card. Dos Santos is 21-8 in his career, while Gane is 6-0 in his career. There are a total of five fights on the main pay-per-view card on UFC 256: Figueiredo vs. Moreno, with the headliner a bout between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno. There are also a total of seven fights on the preliminary card with three on ESPN 2/ESPN+ and four on ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass. Let’s look at the bout between Dos Santos and Gane and UFC picks.
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Junior dos Santos (21-8, 15-7 UFC)
Dos Santos came into the UFC with a record of 6-1 and he has 15 wins and seven losses in the UFC. In his last six fights, he has three wins and three losses. He defeated Blagoy Ivanov by unanimous decision, Tai Tuivasa by TKO, and Derrick Lewis by TKO; while losing to Francis Ngannou by TKO, Curtis Blaydes by TKO, and Jairzinho Rozenstruik by TKO. Dos Santos has been a pro since 2006 and he has 15 wins by TKO/KO and one by submission. He has 11 first round finishes.
Dos Santos said this to ufc.com about his upcoming fight against Gane, "That’s the type of fight that I like — when there is a lot of attention, especially like this, against an undefeated guy who is coming off good wins. For me, I feel like it’s a great opportunity to turn things around and make things happen in a good way. (Getting this victory) means everything; it means a lot to me. It means I will be compensated for the hard work that I put in at the gym and everything I sacrifice with my family. To get this victory is very, very important. I know things will not be easy, especially against this guy — he’s an up and coming heavyweight, very dangerous — but he’s the perfect guy for me to finish and open everybody’s eyes and shut the mouths of all the haters out there."
Ciryl Gane (6-0, 3-0 UFC)
Gane came into the UFC with a record of 3-0 and he has three wins and no losses in the UFC. He defeated Raphael Pessoa by arm-triangle choke submission, Don'Tale Mayes by heel hook submission, and Tanner Boser by unanimous decision. Gane has been a pro since 2018 and he has two wins by TKO/KO and three by submission. He has three first round finishes.
Strikes landed per minute: Dos Santos 4.59/ Gane 5.12
Striking Accuracy: Dos Santos 48% / Gane 49%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Dos Santos 3.19/ Gane 2.09
Defense: Dos Santos 57% / Gane 73%
Takedown average: Dos Santos 0.31/ Gane 1.32
Takedown Accuracy: Dos Santos 55% / Gane 60%
Takedowns defended: Dos Santos 81% / Gane 100%
Submission average: Dos Santos 0.1/ Gane 0.9
Is Gane really good enough to be a 4-1 favorite? Gane is thought of as a fighter who could eventually challenge for a title, but he has never faced anyone of the caliber of dos Santos. I know that dos Santos has not looked that good of late, losing three in a row, but he is still a good fighter and capable of winning this bout. I will take a small flyer on dos Santos at the big price, but I think the better option is to play the rounds to go under the total.
UFC 256: Figueiredo vs. Moreno Card & Odds
Flyweight Championship - Brandon Moreno +270 vs. Deiveson Figueiredo -342
Lightweight - Charles Oliveira +139 vs. Tony Ferguson -168
Heavyweight - Junior Dos Santos +348 vs. Ciryl Gane -458
Lightweight - Renato Moicano +138 vs. Rafael Fiziev -166
Women's Strawweight - Virna Jandiroba +162 vs. Mackenzie Dern -196
Featherweight - Cub Swanson +134 vs. Daniel Pineda -162
Heavyweight - Jared Vanderaa +188 vs. Sergey Spivak -230
Featherweight - Peter Barret +303 vs. Chase Hooper -390
Featherweight - Gavin Tucker +134 vs. Billy Quarantillo -162
Middleweight - Ronaldo Souza -107 vs. Kevin Holland -117
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