Ciryl Gane, the new UFC interim heavyweight champion, wore a G-Shock at UFC 265 weigh-ins, during the prefight face-off, and after the fight.
This past Saturday night, at UFC 265 in Houston, Texas, the fight between the heavy-handed, #2 ranked UFC heavyweight, Derrick Lewis (American), and rising star, undefeated #4 ranked Ciryl Gane (French), Gane was pictured wearing a black square-shaped G-Shock on his wrist. We’ve also seen photos of Gane wearing multiple other G-Shocks — including the bright yellow second-generation G-Shock Move smartwatch GBD-200-9 designed for training.
There’s a good chance he’s an official G-Shock ambassador, although Casio has not publicly announced such a partnership with the 31-year old phenom. We even reached out to Casio US, prior to the fight, to confirm whether Gane is in fact a G-Shock ambassador, but have not received a response. However, the G-Shock fan blog, G-Central, presented some evidence that suggests Gane is an official G-Shock ambassador. In a since-deleted video, Gane mentions “my new sponsor” and is wearing G-Shock, so it’s more than likely that’s the new sponsor he’s referring to.
In prior photos, Gane is seen wearing the recently released bright yellow GBD-200-9 G-Shock Move training watch that features a step tracker, interval timers, lap time measurement, and calories burned, Bluetooth connectivity — all of which can be monitored using Lifelog and activity functions within the complementary smartphone app.
Following the dominant performance which left Gane virtually untouched over three rounds — before the referee stopped the fight — ESPN ran an article showing reactions from fellow UFC competitors, and everyone appears to be impressed. Perhaps most impressed, was UFC Dana White, who when speaking to different media outlets, repeatedly called Gane a “badass.”
With this victory, the “Frenchman” is now the UFC interim heavyweight champion, with a 10-0 professional record (7-0 in the UFC), and he’s been elevated from the #4 to the #2 ranked UFC heavyweight — in line to fight #1 ranked UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou.
Top photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.