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Ciryl Gane admits he is “lazy” and only trains when he has a fight announced

Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane admitted that he is “lazy” and only trains when he has a fight announced.

Gane returns to the Octagon next month at UFC 285 when he takes on former light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones for the vacant UFC heavyweight championship. On paper, it’s one of the best fights that the UFC can make, and it should be an incredible battle between two of the best MMA fighters in the world when it takes place.

For Gane, we know that he comes from a kickboxing background, and you’d have to imagine he will try to keep the fight with Jones standing and throw strikes with him on the feet. But we also know that Jones is a tremendous grappler, and Gane must be ready for a heavy wrestling attack when he faces off against Jones.

While Gane is a tremendous athlete and the overall game of mixed martial arts has come fast and naturally to him, it’s possible that he could be even better at this game if he trained harder. But for Gane, he admits that he’s lazy, and that outside of his training camps, he’s not trying to work on the other aspects of his MMA game.

Speaking to La Sueur in a recent interview, Gane admitted that his only regret in his MMA career is not taking his training outside of his camps more seriously. Considering he’s one of the best heavyweights in the sport right now, it makes you wonder how much better he would be if he was training his skills outside of his camps.

“I love grappling. But unfortunately, I’m lazy, that’s the truth. I only train when a fight is announced. I have a lot of media obligations. Professional opportunities outside of the sport. You can’t say no to all these things. I also have to give time to my family, rest well,” Gane said (h/t MMAjunkie.com). “If I look back at my career, this a regret: I only train when a fight is announced. I had my fight against (Tai) Tuivasa (in September), barely trained since then, and now I’m back it since the Jones fight has been announced.”

Do you think Ciryl Gane will defeat Jon Jones at UFC 285 and claim the undisputed UFC heavyweight championship?

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