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UFC Paris Results: Cyril Gane Melts Tai Tuivasa in Round 3

By Timothy James  |  September 3, 2022  |  No Comments

The UFC’s first ever event in Paris, France was a landmark event with wild fights, ups and downs, and a raucous environment. French fighters completed a clean sweep, giving the hometown crowd a lot to cheer for.

The UFC’s massive success with Fight Night cards in Europe continues, as UFC Paris (also known as UFC Fight Night 209 and UFC on ESPN+ 67) was a night to remember. MMA had been illegal in France until 2020, so the UFC wanted to put on an amazing show for their first appearance in the country - and they delivered.

Cyril Gane Knocks Out Tai Tuivasa in Round 3

The main event of UFC Paris was a battle of titans, as France’s own Ciryl Gane took on the fan favorite and heavy-handed Australian Tai Tuivasa. It was a classic heavyweight matchup - the virtuoso striker Gane had the advantages in the footwork and technique, but the slugger Tuivasa can end any fight with a single shot.

Fans expected something epic, and they got exactly that. ‘Bon Gamin’ does what he does, picking apart his opponents at a distance with slick movement and crisp striking. But ‘Bam Bam’ also did what he does - swang and bang while hunting for the one-tap.

After a tightly contested first round, the second round was absolutely electric. Tuivasa became the first man to knock Gane down - and nearly finished him.

Gane came storming back himself, punishing Tuivasa with heavy body kicks. After nearly getting taken out, Gane returned the favor.

Coming into the third, it felt like the end of the fight was inevitable. The only question was: who was going to finish who?

Channeling the energy of the French crowd, Gane pieced together an amazing finishing sequence that left Tai Tuivasa, who is known for his granite chin, knocked out on the Octagon canvas.

Congratulations to Ciryl Gane, who cements his place as the top contender of the heavyweight division. But congratulations are also due to Tai Tuivasa for putting on an amazing show for the fans - even though he lost, he made the fight as exciting as it was, nearly shocking the world with a 2nd round knockout.

Robert Whittaker Puts on Masterclass Against Marvin Vettori

It’s rare when the top contender fights the 2nd rank fighter in the division, but that’s exactly what fans got when Robert Whittaker (1) squared off against Marvin Vettori (2) at UFC Paris.

Marvin Vettori has his eyes set on becoming the UFC’s first Italian champion, but couldn’t get it done against former champion Robert Whittaker. Whittaker stayed at distance and was able to use his footwork, movement, and combinations to pick apart Vettori.

Whittaker has dropped two fights against current champion Israel Adesanya, but believes he will be fighting for a title again in the near future.

French Fighters Go Undefeated At UFC Paris

Five French fighters on the card, five victories. Hometown advantage doesn’t always work out, but it did for the French fighters at the Accor Arena in Paris.

Benoit Saint-Denis Knocks Out Gabriel Miranda

The first French fighter on the card was Benoit Saint-Denis, and he set the tone for his fellow countrymen with a second round knockout of Gabriel Miranda.

Fares Ziam Defeats Michal Figlak Via Unanimous Decision

Right after Saint-Denis set the tone, Fares Ziam continued the pace, putting together a complete performance against Michal Figlak en route to a unanimous decision.

William Gomis Defeats Jarno Errens in Bizarre Majority Decision

What’s a UFC event without some questionable judging? UFC debutant William Gomis got to perform in front of his home crowd - putting together a great fight. The only moment he was in trouble was late in the third round, when Errens threatened a triangle.

However, one judge scored the third round the exceedingly rare 10-10, with a final tally of 29-29 for the fight.

It was a bizarre scorecard, but Gomis should hold his head high after winning in his UFC debut.

Nassourdine Imavov Defeats Joaquin Buckley In Crazy Battle

Born in Russia but a citizen of France, Nassourdine Imavov was the last French fighter on the card before Gane in the main event. He was pitted against Joaquin Buckley in a matchup of explosive strikers. Many believed this fight had banger-of-the-night written all over it, and if not for the main event, it would have won that honor.

Abus Magomedov Destroys Stoltzfus in 19 Seconds

The most dominant and impressive performance of the night goes to Abus Magomedov - making his UFC debut - who ran through his opponent like a hot knife through butter. He hit Stoltzfus with an Anderson Silva special - a front kick to the face - before finishing him off with punches.

It was a loud statement made by the middleweight prospect, who put the division on notice.

Welterweight GOATs Georges St. Pierre and Kamaru Usman Attended UFC Paris

Many fans argue over who is the greatest welterweight of all time: Georges St. Pierre or Kamaru Usman. But the vibes were all good between the two GOATs, sitting next to each other in the Arena to enjoy the fights.

Also in attendance was UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, perhaps scouting out his opponents for his next title defense. He last fought against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270, winning via unanimous decision.

Final Thoughts

The UFC has to do more events in Europe. Every time they go across the pond, the card ends up being amazing.

There are still countries in Europe, such as Norway, where MMA is still illegal. The UFC successfully campaigned to legalize the sport in France, and the result was UFC Paris - a landmark event.

Keep the trend going! Hopefully one day there will be an epic Fight Night to remember in every corner of the European continent.

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