UFC Fight Night predictions -- Ciryl Gane vs. Alexander Volkov: Fight card, start time, odds, live ...

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Saturday represents a big opportunity for Ciryl Gane to establish himself as a true contender in the UFC heavyweight division. The Frenchman clashes with Alexander Volkov in the main event of UFC Fight Night from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Gane is a perfect 8-0 in his career with six stoppage victories. He was able to win the TKO heavyweight championship in his first professional bout before defending it successfully twice. He has since been climbing the ladder on the world's biggest stage before knocking out former champion Junior Dos Santos and then taking a clear decision over Jairzinho Rozenstruik in his most recent outing.

Volkov, a former Bellator MMA heavyweight champion, made his UFC debut in 2016 with a split decision win against Tim Johnson. He has since gone 7-2 in the Octagon with his lone losses coming against Derrick Lewis and Curtis Blaydes. Volkov is currently riding a two-fight winning streak, having scored back-to-back TKO wins against Walt Harris and Alistair Overeem.

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The co-main event sees the return of another heavyweight looking to make a name for himself in Tanner Boser. The Canadian is coming off a split decision loss to Ilir Latifi just three weeks ago but is stepping up on short notice to face Ovince Saint Preux. Boser had amassed a three-fight win streak before dropping that decision at the beginning of June. Saint Preux, meanwhile, is one of the biggest boom or bust fighters in the sport, alternating wins and losses over the last three years with shocking TKOs and submissions on both sides of the aisle.

Here's the fight card for UFC Fight Night with the latest odds from William Hill Sportsbook.

UFC Fight Night card, odds

Favorite Underdog Weightclass

Ciryl Gane -155

Alexander Volkov +130

Heavyweight

Tanner Boser -175

Ovince Saint Preux +150

Heavyweight

Raoni Barcelos -220

Timur Valiev +180

Bantamweight

Andre Fili -230
Daniel Pineda +190
Featherweight
Tim Means -130
Nicolas Dalby +110
Welterweight
Renato Moicano -240
Jai Herbert +200
Lightweight

UFC Fight Night viewing information

Date: June 26 | Start time: 4 p.m. ET (main card)
Location: UFC Apex -- Las Vegas, Nevada
Stream: ESPN+

Prediction

Ciryl Gane vs. Alexander Volkov: This is a very close fight on paper. Gane has some legitimate skills and looks like a potential future title contender. Volkov is a different kind of challenge for Gane from Rozenstruik or dos Santos and is a tremendous fighter when he's on his game. Unfortunately, Volkov can fall into fits of fighting far too passively, as seen against Curtis Blaydes and Greg Hardy. Assuming Volkov is on his game, this fight has some real upset potential and could be a step too far for Gane in his current level of development. Pick: Alexander Volkov via UD 

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