In a heavyweight battle on the main card of UFC 256, Junior Dos Santos will fight Ciryl Gane Saturday in Las Vegas and available on ESPN+.
The 36-year-old Dos Santos comes to the octagon with a professional fighting record of 21-8. This is his third bout in 2020, with the most recent fight happening this summer. At UFC 252, Jairzinho Rozenstruik defeated Dos Santos in Round 2 by technical knockout.
Before that fight, “Cigano” dos Santos lost to Curtis Blaydes in Round 2 by TKO at UFC Fight Night 166 in January. Dos Santos will be trying to snap his three-match losing streak on Saturday night.
The Brazilian mixed martial artist is a skilled striker inside the octagon, averaging 4.59 strikes per minute with an accuracy of 48 percent. But he absorbs a significant amount of strikes at 3.19 per minute, while his defense is at 57 percent.
Gane enters the UFC APEX with a perfect professional fighting record of 6-0. The 30-year-old from France is fighting in his first bout in 2020. “Bon Gamin” Gane last fought December 2019 at UFC Fight Night 174. Gane defeated Tanner Boser in Round 3 by unanimous decision.
When it comes to striking, the 30-year-old lands 5.12 significant strikes per minute, with 49 percent accuracy. He absorbs fewer strikes per minute at 2.09 and does a good job defending them at 73 percent. Lastly, “Bon Gamin” has 1.32 takedowns per 15 minutes, which is better than dos Santos. Gane’s takedown accuracy is 60 percent but his takedown defense is at 100 percent.
Here are the odds for Junior Dos Santos vs. Ciryl Gane at UFC 256 on Saturday, December 12th in Las Vegas:
Money line odds
Junior Dos Santos: +333
Ciryl Gane: -455
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