Debut UFC Paris Event’s Date Released; Ciryl Gane to Take On This Fighter in the Main Event

Published 04/30/2022, 11:59 AM EDT
HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 07: Ciryl Gane celebrates his victory over Derrick Lewis in their Interim Heavyweight (Title) bout during UFC 265 on August 07, 2021, at Toyota Center in Houston, TX. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

UFC recently conducted a blockbuster event in the O2 Arena in London and is returning to the UK again in June. Now, European UFC fans are up for a treat as the promotion is planning to have its first-ever French event later this year. And recent reports suggest that the main event fight will be a heavyweight battle between Ciryl Gane and Tai Tuivasa.

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UFC journalist Al Zullino had confirmed earlier that UFC is scheduling an event in Paris on September 3, 2022. However, recent updates confirm not only the event but also the headliner fight.

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Former interim UFC heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane last fought in January, when he lost the title bout against Francis Ngannou. Gane is a top-billing fighter for the UFC and it only makes sense for him to headline the debut event in his home country.

He will take on Australia’s Tai Tuivasa who is on a 5-fight winning streak. Notably, ‘Bam Bam’ has won all those fights via KO. His recent win came in February 2022 when he knocked out Derrick Lewis in the second round.

It is anticipated to be an epic battle between the #1 and #3 ranked UFC heavyweights Gane and Tuivasa, respectively. Both fighters have a background in Muay Thai, which makes the fight even more exciting.  

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‘Bon Gamin’ has an impressive 10-1 professional MMA record, while Tuivasa is 14-3 in his career so far. Both heavyweight prospects will look to improve their records.

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The 31-year-old fighter has been on the rise ever since his arrival to the UFC. He had a 7-0 streak in the promotion until he met Francis Ngannou. ‘The Predator’ ended his unbeaten run in an enthralling fight and became the UFC heavyweight champion.

After the fight, Gane asked for a rematch.

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“If he leaves like that, I don’t want that. I want my rematch.” He added, “I want to do this fight a second time. I want this fight, I want this rematch.” 

However, UFC didn’t see this as a viable option considering the variety of top fighters in the heavyweight division. Instead, he will be up against Tai Tuivasa at the first French UFC event to be held in Paris on September 3.

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Bon Gamin’ will try to get back to winning ways and secure his top spot in the UFC heavyweight rankings.

Who do you think will come out victorious between Ciryl Gane and Tai Tuivasa? Let us know in the comments.

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Utkarsh Gathani

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Utkarsh Gathani is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A Mass Communication graduate from Wilson College, this sports buff, who is captivated by multiple sports, adores MMA. Conor McGregor is the reason for that as Utkarsh is in awe of the man's unbelievable striking ability, his lifestyle, and his trash talking.

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