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UFC Fight Night 209: Gane vs. Tuivasa predictions

The UFC is set to make its debut in Paris later today with a heavyweight showdown featuring former interim champion Ciryl Gane of France and Australian Tui Tuivasa.

It bears repeating that France legalized MMA in 2020 after a long political debate. All eyes will be on the UFC and the fighters to put on a convincing show.

All fighters made weight for the event, which is a good start. Tuivasa (266) will have a 19 pound weight advantage over Gane (247) in the main event.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main event.

MAIN CARD (3PM ET/12PM PT)

CHARLES JOURDAIN (13-5-1) VS. NATHANIEL WOOD (18-3-0)

Andrews: Two good featherweights who despite competing in the UFC a good four years or more, are not currently ranked. Wood is the senior fighter and has fought the better competition. Jourdain is coming off a good performance in a loss to Burgos. Have to go with Wood for the narrow decision win.

Andrews Prediction: Nathaniel Wood via UD

WILLIAM GOMIS (10-2-0) VS. JARNO ENNIS (13-3-1)

Andrews: Both of these guys are making their octagon debut on the main card! Gomis will have the hometown advantage. Ennis is from the Netherlands and looks like a good match. Β But I think Gomis will take the decision.

Andrews Prediction: William Gomis via UDΒ 

JOHN MAKDESSI (18-7-0) VS. NASRAT HAQPARAST (13-5-0)

Andrews: Makdessi fights once year for a while now and at 37 years old, that’s probably a good idea. But he does farely well. Haqparast is 10 years younger and needs a win, but I’m not sure he can overcome the experience advantage of Makdessi.

Andrews Prediction: John Makdessi via UD

ALESSIO DI CHIRICO (33-6-0) VS. ROMAN KOPYLOV (8-2-0)

Andrews: Both of these guys need a win badly, but especially Di Chirico. I think Alessio actually gets it here.

Andrews Prediction: Alessio Di Chirico via TKO

#1 ROBERT WHITTAKER (23-6-0) VS. #2 MARVIN VETTORI (18-5-1)

Andrews: As long as Whittaker is prepared and keeps the fight standing, he should get the win here.

Andrews Prediction: Robert Whittaker via UD

MAIN EVENT

#1 CIRYL GANE (10-1-0) VS. #3Β TAI TUIVASA (14-3-0)

Andrews: If Gane can avoid the big shots, he has the striking and ground advantages here. He has a lot of options while Tuivasa essentially has to hit a home run with his knockout power.

Andrews Prediction: Ciryl Gane via submission

Enjoy the fights.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrews
KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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