MMA: for the great premiere of the UFC in France, Ciryl Gane wins by KO against Tai Tuivasa

Published on: 09/04/2022 – 08:44 Frenchman Ciryl Gane beat Australian Tai Tuivasa by KO on Saturday at Bercy, in a melting Accor Arena, during the first evening organized in France by the UFC, the most prestigious MMA league in the world. For once, French MMA fans didn’t have to set their alarm clock to see him fight. Ciryl Gane rewarded them with a spectacular knockout victory over Australian Tai Tuivasa at the first event organized in France by the UFC, on Saturday in Paris. Two and a half years after the discipline was legalized, and in a torrid Accor Arena who sang the Marseillaise and other fan songs, Gane N.1 in the heavyweight category, behind champion Francis Ngannou, blasted the world N.3 in the third round, during the first evening organized in France by the ‘UFC, the most prestigious MMA league in the world. “I have no words to describe what you make me live. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you…”, reacted Gane, alias “Good kid”. The one who is unquestionably the standard bearer of French MMA, with his eternal smile and his extraordinary physique, thus adds an eleventh victory to his record in mixed martial arts. He inflicts on Tuivasa his fourth loss in sixteen appearances in the cage.>> To read also: The French Ciryl Gane, a “good kid” headlining the 1st UFC event in ParisThe Australian, entered the octagon at the sound of the song “Do you want to sleep with me tonight?” and under a few whistles, however, almost put him down in the second round. But Gane, 32, recovered immediately to chain the shots. “Let’s go for the belt” Thanks to this victory, the one who only started in mixed martial arts in 2018 should again have a chance to fight for the world belt soon, after his failure against Ngannou last January. . “Let’s go for the belt, I want it!”, He launched. From the start of the evening, the spectators were on fire when they heard announcer Bruce Buffer launch hostilities with his traditional announcement “It’s tiiiime!! !”. It was indeed time for the French fans of the discipline who had been waiting for this moment for more than twenty years. “We are super excited to come and see this for the first time,” Florian, 34, told AFP. came to Bercy with two friends.”I paid 200 euros, it’s not bad. But it’s the first time, so I wanted to be good and to have a quality place, just to enjoy ““We are in Paris, here!” Like him, the 15,000 spectators at the Accor Arena were able to appreciate the sequences of kicks, punches, knees and elbows, as well as blows to the ground or strangulations, which discipline permits. Long considered too violent, the sport was mostly misunderstood by its fans. “I found it a bit absurd”, continues Florian, accustomed to going to bed late to follow the fights which are generally held in the United States. “I was a little appalled to see that the thing was not understood, that it was seen as something too violent and that the technical aspect was somewhat neglected. “France and its market remained one of the last lands to conquer for the all-powerful UFC, the most prestigious MMA league in the world. It is now done, thanks to the legalization of the discipline two and a half years ago. Before Gane entered the scene shortly before midnight, the other French fighters had heated Bercy. Benoit Saint-Denis, Farès Ziam, William Gomis and Nassourdine Imavov all imposed themselves with style. “I’d rather die than stop. We’re in Paris here!” Launched Gomis, making the spectators roar. , around 200,000 people had tried to find places, the sales platform having been stormed last June. Those who did not succeed should be able to catch up very quickly since the UFC has planned to return to France , in Paris or elsewhere, now once a year. With AFP