Ciryl Gane KO’s Tai Tuivasa in front of his hometown fans

UFC Paris: Ciryl Gane defeats Tai Tuivasa.

Ciryl Gane def. Tai Tuivasa via KO (Strikes), Round 3 – 4:23 at UFC Paris on Saturday September 3, 2022 live from the Accor Arena in Paris, France.

“No words. Just listen to this. Nobody in the world expected that from the fans in France… Obviously, Tai hit me so hard that he knocked me unconscious. I had to get up. I had to be a warrior… I want the belt. I want that belt,” said Gane, who conducted the interview in both English and French. Gane took the time to repeatedly thank the French audience in French.

“Thank you Paris. it wasn’t my day I came to fight,” Tuivasa said after Gane gave him the microphone.

UFC Paris: Ciryl Gane vs. Tai Tuivasa: Round Recap

Tuivasa came across the Octagon to open the fight. Gane attacked with multiple leg kicks. Tuivasa landed a powerful leg kick. Gane landed a kick to the body and a quick right hand. The audience was amazing during the first round, singing and singing. Tuivasa missed several powerful punches. Gane continued to use his speed advantage to land kicks and punches.

The two fighters continued to orbit each other around the octagon. Gane respected Tuivasa’s power and was quick to dart in and out of dangerous areas. Tuivasa seemed frustrated that he couldn’t land a clean shot. Gane fired for a takedown but quickly gave up his attempt. Out of nowhere, Tuivasa landed a right hand that dropped Gane and looked like it would end the fight. Gane was able to get back on his feet and free himself from the danger zone. Gane then caught Tuivasa with two body kicks and badly injured him with a knee and combination. Both fighters survived the round.

The third round began with both men exchanging kicks. Gane kept throwing and moving while trying to wear Tuivasa down. Gane landed a powerful body kick and landed three jabs. Gane continued the attack, landing again with a headbutt that Tuivasa seemed to stagger past before firing a massive shot. Gane attacked but ate a large shot from Tuivasa. The Australian’s face began to change color with severe red marks under his right eye and a cut under his left eye. Gane continued to attack the body with a trio of leg kicks. A body kick after landing. Gane landed a powerful overhand right. Gane landed an uppercut on Tuivasa’s jaw, injuring the Aussie. Gane chased Tuivasa and dropped him after landing two more powerful punches. The French heavyweight pounced on Tuivasa, landing a barrage of punches and hammerfists that forced Marc Goddard to stop the fight. The crowd exploded with cheers and began chanting for their compatriot.

Gane emerged as the top-ranked heavyweight contender. The French fighter lost his last fight to UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou. With the win, Gane improved to 11-1 with eight finishes. Gane is likely to get a rematch with Ngannou if the champion is ready to fight again and work out his contract issues.

Tuivasa was at a crossroads in his career when he came to UFC 254. The Australian fighter had won his first three UFC fights before losing three in a row before his fight against Stefan Struve at UFC 254. Tuivasa beat Struve en route to winning five fights in a row by KO. The KO winning streak helped Tuivasa climb to third place in the heavyweight rankings. Tuivasa fell to 14-4 after the loss and will need to prove he can bounce back from defeat.

UFC Paris: Ciryl Gane vs. Tai Tuivasa took place live from the Accor Arena in Paris, France on Saturday 3 September 2022. Follow FanSided MMA for all your news and highlights. Ciryl Gane KO’s Tai Tuivasa in front of his hometown fans

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