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British hopeful Tom Aspinall seeking clash with Cyril Gane after UFC Paris

UFC heavyweight Tom Aspinall has called out Cyril Gane as he looks to rise up the rankings, but the Frenchman has eyes on a bigger prize.

Gane was impressive at his home event at UFC Paris on Saturday, putting together a near-perfect performance to earn a second-round TKO win over Serghei Spivac at the Accor Arena.

It was a much-needed result for the Frenchman, who was steamrolled in just two minutes by division champion Jon Jones in his last outing at UFC 285 in March.

In his post-fight octagon interview, Gane said he didn't have a specific opponent in mind but was eager to see the result of the upcoming clash between Jones and former champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 295. 


Meanwhile, fourth-ranked heavyweight Aspinall - who is coming off an equally impressive TKO win over Marcin Tybura - was cage side for the event.

"I'm no bully... if he doesn't want the fight, I'm not going to try and force it on him," the Englishman told The MacLife

"I wanted to go in the cage. The UFC didn't want me to go in the cage. Yeah, if he wants the fight, it's here. If he doesn't want the fight, we'll see. I know I'm a bad matchup for him. I think that stylistically it's a good matchup for me, but if he doesn't want it, then I understand."

As for Gane, he was aware Aspinall was calling for a fight, but he doesn't want to dance, and for good reason.

There is a distinct possibility that both Jones and Miocic could retire after their fight in November - leaving the division wide open - and Gane wants to make sure he's first in line for what would be his third shot at the heavyweight belt.

"I know he called out my name, but that's perfectly normal in this position," said Gane of Aspinall, as per mmafighting.com. 

"He wants to go up [the rankings]. But me too. You know what I mean? So I did a mistake, it was my first real mistake unfortunately and the people were a little bit hard with me, it was a little bit painful. But tonight I proved, with all of the pressure I can have, I did very great and I proved it... and I want to go back to the belt, for sure.

"This is a new era for the heavyweight division and you have some big movement. We're waiting for the big title fight with two GOATs, maybe they're going to retire. So for me, the good way is to go back [and see how everything plays out]."

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