When Tanner Boser vs. Ciryl Gane was announced for UFC Busan, many fans were confused as to why the fight was made. It involved two of the top heavyweight prospects going at each other in just their second and third Octagon appearance.
Yet for the Canadian in Boser, he was not surprised this is the fight.
“I think they are having trouble finding opponents for Gane. A lot of people don’t want to fight him,” Boser said to MyMMANews. “I think that is part of it and they knew I would accept it. We both wanted to fight in December. I also think, not 100 percent sure, but by making one of us eliminate each other earlier on, one of us will be able to re-negotiate to get more money and the other won’t be able to. It may be a tactic like that. But, the timing lines up and we are both down to fight.”
In this fight, Boser knows it will be a tough one as Gane is undefeated in MMA and has two very impressive wins in the UFC. For the Canadian, he knows he has to use his leg kicks to try and slow Gane down.
“I have to be careful as he has a long reach. The leg kicks are always important for me,” he explained. “If I can establish them it will often swing the fight into my favor. It will be able to land on Gane as he is quick and knows I will be doing it. He’s tactical enough that he should have a gameplan for it but I have to establish them.”
Although Ciryl Gane comes from a kickboxing background, Tanner Boser doesn’t expect this fight to hit the mat on his end. He says the only way it will go the ground is if a takedown is available for either fighter.
Ultimately, Boser is the biggest underdog on the card at +525 with Gane being a -750 favorite, “The Bulldozer” doesn’t care about any of that. Instead, he is confident in his skillset and game plan that he will get his hand raised and possibly doing so by stoppage.
“Every fight I take I can visualize it going so many different ways. I vision every single possible scenario. I like to think I’ll be able to control it on the feet,” Tanner Boser said. “I’m efficient in striking, and I hope I can knock him out.”
In the end, the stakes are high for this one and Boser knows a win gets him a ranked opponent next.
“I think if I beat him they kind of have to give me a top-15 guy or someone close to the top-15,” he concluded.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime