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|Ovince St. Preux||+145
Cyril Gane vs. Alexander Volkov – Heavyweight division
Our Pick: Alexander Volkov (+145)
Tanner Boser vs. Ovince St. Preux – Heavyweight division
Our Pick: Ovince St. Preux (+145)
Raoni Barcelos vs. Timur Valiev – Bantamweight division
Our Pick: Raoni Barcelos (-220)
Andre Fili vs. Daniel Pineda – Featherweight division
Our Pick: Andrei Fili (-230)
Tim Means vs. Nicolas Darby – Welterweight division
Our Pick: Tim Means (-130)
|Event||UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Volkov|
|Location||UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Time||Saturday, June 26, 4PM EST|
|How to watch||ESPN, ESPN+|
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|Cyril Gane||TALE OF THE TAPE||Alexander Volkov|
|6 ft. 5 in.||Height||6 ft. 7 in.|
|81 in.||Reach||80 in.|
One of the fastest rising stars in the history of the UFC heavyweight division, Cyril Gane joined the promotion in 2019 as an undefeated 3-0 fighter. He has remained undefeated ever since, fighting three times in 2019 and earning two submission wins.
In 2020, Gane faced off against former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos and defeated him in the second round via TKO after a vicious elbow.
Gane most recently fought last February against former heavyweight title contender Jairzinho Rozenstruik. The two fought to a five-round decision with Gane being awarded the unanimous decision victory. He is now 8-0 as a professional.
Born in France, Dyril Gane has fighting MMA professionally since 2018 following a career as a kickboxer, as which he went 7-0.
Gane trains out of his home country with trainer Fernand Lopez and spends time with the MMA Factory.
He is predominantly known for his striking and will have a one-inch reach advantage over his opponent Saturday night.
He is currently ranked as the third-best heavyweight in the division.
Alexander Volkov is currently riding a two-fight winning streak.
Last October, Volkov took on Walt Harris at UFC 254 and defeated his opponent via second-round TKO. He followed that performance with a second-round TKO over MMA legend Alistair Overeem this past February. The win over Overeem earned Volkov a performance of the night bonus.
Volkov also has a knock out win over former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum on his record.
Born in Russia, Volkov trains out of Moscow wit the Strela Team. He holds a black belt in Tsu Shin Gen and brown belts in both kyokushin karate and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Not many people stand taller than Cyril Gane but Alexander Volkov is one of them. He will enter the cage Saturday night with a two-inch height advantage. He also has a significant amount more experience than Gane.
Fighting since 2009, Volkov is currently ranked as the fifth-best heavyweight in the UFC.
|Tanner Boser||TALE OF THE TAPE||Ovince St. Preux|
|6 ft. 2 in.||Height||6 ft. 3 in.|
|75 in.||Reach||80 in.|
Tanner Boser steps into this contest on short notice as Ovince St. Preux was originally expected to face Maxim Grishin in a light heavyweight contest. Boser replaces Grishin, who had visa issues.
Boser has gone 2-2 over his last four fights, losing his last two in a row. Last November, Boser dropped a unanimous decision to former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.
Most recently, Boser took on Ilir Latifi last June and, in what was a close fight, Boser was on the losing end of a judges’ split-decision.
Born in Canada, Boser trains under Jeff Montemurro and Keijiro Noda. He splits his time amongst The Little Sweatshop gym as well as Frank Lee’s Muay Thai.
Boser holds a black belt in shito-ryu karate and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
He is a former two-time Unified MMA heavyweight champion and has been competing since 2012. He is nine-years younger than his opponent.
A member of the UFC roster since 2013, Ovince St. Preux hasn’t been fiding as much success these days as he used. St. Preux is 2-4 over his last six fights and has only fought at heavyweight once before.
OSP made his heavyweight debut last May against Ben Rothwell and lost via split-decision. He returned to light heavyweight following that loss and defeated Alonzo Menifiled via KO last September.
His most recent bout came last December when he lost via TKO to Jamahal Hill in the second round. St. Preux also missed weight for the fight.
Fighting professionally since 2008, the American-born fighter currently trains out of Tennessee with the Knoxville Martial Arts Academy. He holds a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
He will enter the cage Saturday night with a significant five-inch reach advantage.
|Raoni Barcelos||TALE OF THE TAPE||Timur Valiev|
|5 ft. 7 in.||Height||5 ft. 6 in.|
|67 in.||Reach||67.5 in.|
|16-1||Record||17-2, 1 no-contest|
Raoni Barcelos joined the UFC in 2018 as an 11-1 fighter and has yet to disappoint in the octagon. Barcelos now has five UFC bouts under his belt and has won them all.
After debuting with a KO win over Kurt Holobaugh, Barcelos gone on to win fights via submission, TKO, and – most recently – back-to-back unanimous decision wins over Said Nurmagomedov and Khalid Taha – the latter of which took place last November and was awarded fight of the night honors.
The Brazilian fighter trains out of Rio de Janeiro with the Rizzo RVT team. He has been fighting professionally since 2012 and holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Laerte Barcelos.
He will stand one-inch taller than his opponent Saturday.
Timur Valiev’s UFC debut didn’t go as he planned but he got somewhat of a second chance. Valiev debuted against Trevin Jones last August and was beaten via TKO. However, Jones tested positive for Marijuana after the fight and Valiev had his loss changed to a no-contest.
He made good on the second chance, fighting again most recently this past February. Valiev took on Martin Day and won the fight via unanimous decision.
Born in Dagestan, Timur Valiev has been fighting professionally since 2010. He splits his time training between the Dagestan Fighter Team gym as well as with Nick Catone MMA.
Valiev holds a master of sports in sambo, an international master of sports in pankration, and a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Ricardo Almeida.
He will have a half-inch reach advantage over his opponent.
|Andre Fili||TALE OF THE TAPE||Daniel Pineda|
|5 ft. 11 in.||Height||5 ft. 7 in.|
|74 in.||Reach||70 in.|
|21-8||Record||27-14, 2 no-contests|
Andrei Fili has traded wins and losses for much of his UFC career, putting together a record of 9-7 during his time with the promotion.
Fili is 2-2 over his last four fights and most recently fought against Bryce Mitchell last October. Fili was on the losing side of a unanimous decision in that fight. Prior to that loss, Fili earned a split-decision win over Charles Jourdain.
Born in Washington, Andrei Fili has been fighting since 2009 and has spent a majority of his career training out of California with Team Alpha Male.
He will enter the octagon Saturday five-years younger than his opponent and boasting four-inch advantages in both reach and height.
After a first sting in the UFc that ran from 2012 to 2014, Daniel Pineda recently returned to the promotion and has gone 1-1 since.
Pineda returned to the UFC in August 2020 and quickly defeated Herbert Burn via TKO in the second round at UFC 252.
Most recently, Pineda took on Cub Swanson at UFC 256 last December. This time it would be Pineda who would suffer the second-round knockout loss.
The Texan fighter trains out of his home state with the 4oz. Fight Club. He has been fighting since 2007 and holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
He is a former Legacy FC featherweight champion.
|Tim Means||TALE OF THE TAPE||Nicolas Darby|
|6 ft. 2 in.||Height||5 ft. 11 in.|
|75 in.||Reach||75 in.|
|31-12-1, 1 no-contest||Record||19-3-1, 2 no-contests|
For the first time in five years, Tim Means finds himself on a winning streak in the UFC.
Means fought Laureano Staropoli last August and defeated him via unanimous decision. It was a catchweight fight as Staropoli missed weight.
Means followed that performance with another unanimous decision win over Mike Perry at UFC 255 last November. It was another profitable night for Means as it was once again a catchweight fights as Perry missed weight and had to forfeit 20-percent of his purse.
Born in Oklahoma, Means now spends his time training in New Mexico with Power MMA and Fit NHB under his coach Tom Vaughn.
Means has been fighting professionally since 2004 and is a former King of the Cage lightweight champion and junior welterweight champion.
He will enter the octagon Saturday with a three-inch height advantage.
Nicolas Darby began his UFC career back in 2015 and went just 1-3-1 over his first stint with the promotion. After time away with Cage Warriors, Darby returned to the UFC in 2019 and has, technically, yet to lose since.
Darby returned to the UFC to fight Alex Oliveira and won via unanimous decision. He lost his next bout to Jesse Ronson but the bout was overturned to a no-contest after Ronson tested positive for a banned substance. In his most recent effort, Nicolas Darby fought and defeated Daniel Rodriguez via unanimous decision at UFC 255 last November.
Born in Denmark, Darby trains out of Copenhagen with the Rumble Sports team. He has a green belt in Ashihara karate as well as a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
He has been fighting since 2008 and is a former Cage Warriors welterweight champion.
He is one year younger than his opponent.
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