Ciryl Gane scored a sensational knockout at the first UFC event in the French capital
The thousands of fans packed into Paris’ Accor Arena were sure to be sent home happy after local hero Ciryl Gane served up a sensational knockout to cap off the UFC’s first event in the French capital on Saturday night.
Gane, who was rebounding from the first loss of his mixed martial arts career in last year’s heavyweight title fight with Francis Ngannou, displayed a superbly technical strike against the rugged Aussie destroyer in teak Tai Tuivasa, who entered the fight on the back of five of the successive finishes that propelled him to the top of the leaderboard.
For all of Tuivasa’s attrition, that wasn’t enough to overcome Gane’s extremely technical striking game as he landed at will for the majority of the main event fight, ultimately finishing the Aussie with a flurry of punches at the end of the third round after injuring Tuivasa. with several claps of thunder to his abdomen.
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The finish was decisive, but that doesn’t mean Gane, who hails from France, went all out in front of a cheering crowd in Paris.
Tuivasa badly hurt Gane in the second round when he sent the giant heavyweight cascading to the canvas after connecting with a devastating strike, but the affable Aussie fighter couldn’t capitalize on what was his most effective moment in combat.
Indeed, Gane bounced back moments later to put his own heat on Tuivasa, landing a streak of body punches that visibly hurt his foe, and finally opened the door to the streak that would end the fight in the third frame.
Tuivasa was more than a game, even seeming to win over the partisan crowd due to his endless approach to the fight as he continued to drive forward in an effort to land the type of concussive strike he became known for in the game. UFC.
In the end, Gane’s impressive footwork kept him (mostly) out of harm’s way and allowed him to take advantage of Tuivasa’s blitzes – like with the devastating counter from a rushing Tuivasa that prompted referee Marc Goddard to call off the hugely entertaining fight before we could see a fourth round.
“Honestly Tai hit me so hard he knocked me outsaid Gane after the shot fight that let him down.
“He turned off the lights, I fell, but I had to be a warrior. I got up and that’s what I did. I came back even stronger and I won.”
The Frenchman appears to be easily the most technical striker of UFC heavyweight fame, and then called for a rematch with the only man who has triumphed over him so far in this combat sports career. almost perfect in mixed martial arts and Muay Thai: champion Francis Ngannou.
“No matter who [is next]I’m going back to the belt, pleasesaid Gane. “I want the belt. That’s all I want.”
Ngannou, who was at the edge of the cage, certainly heard it loud and clear.