UFC heavyweight contender Ciryl Gane explained why he didn’t watch any tape on his next opponent, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, before UFC Vegas 20.
Gane takes on Rozenstruik in the main event of Saturday’s UFC Vegas 20 card. During the lead-up to the fight, he made a comment that he typically does not watch tape on his opponents. Some believe that could end up being a mistake, especially going in the Octagon against someone as dangerous as Rozenstruik can be. But as far as Gane goes, he does not like to watch tape on any of his opponents, including Rozenstruik. As he told the media ahead of this weekend’s event, Gane said that he chooses to leave the scouting report up to his coaches while he concentrated on improving his own game.
“I have a coach (to watch tape). Seriously, I saw maybe, honestly, I didn’t see one full fight of my future opponent Jairzinho, and that’s true. My coaches do that and give me a little part of his (fighting style) and say, ‘You’re going to work on it.’ And that’s it. Seriously,” Gane said.
“I’m focused on my strengths and my coach did well. This is his job. I don’t need to see a lot of things of my future opponent. I need to just see a few images of him and I can discern what kind of fighter he is.”
Asked what his coaches told him, Gane referenced Jairzinho’s mammoth KO power as the one biggest risk that he needs to be aware of in that fight. Rozenstruik has fought six times in the UFC and has knocked out all five of his opponents. With up to 25 minutes in the Octagon, Gane knows he needs to be careful. But with coach Fernand Lopez backing him at the MMA Factory, he’s in good hands.
“He has big power. He has big knockout power. This is difficult,” Gane said.
Do you think Ciryl Gane should have watched tape on Jairzinho Rozenstruik and his other opponents, or do you like the way he does things?