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UFC Fight Night 209: Bon Soir! Ciryl Gane overcomes knockdown to stop Tai Tuivasa in Paris

It was a good Saturday night for Frenchman Ciryl Gane in Paris at the UFC’s first ever event in the country of France.

After a feeling out process in the first round, the former interim heavyweight champion Gane (11-1-0), 32, stumbled in the wild second round as he was dropped by the Australian Tuivasa (14-4-0), 29. But Gane rebounded in the third round to knock down Tuivasa and emerge with a TKO victory at 4:23 to the delight of the French audience that packed the Accor Arena.

The atmosphere was electric, with MMA only recently being legalized in the country. French fighters were cheered emphatically and the arena resembled Toronto’s UFC 129 and Australia’s UFC 193 inaugural shows.

With the win, Gane defended his No. 1 ranking and remains in the title shot conversation which is complicated by champion Francis Ngannou’s injury status and his contract disagreement with the UFC. There is also Jon Jones, who has yet to make his heavyweight debut and former champion Stipe Miocic, who has not fought since losing the belt to Ngannou at UFC 260 in March 2021.

Gane and Tuivasa earned Fight of the Night, while Abus Magomedov and Benoit Saint-Denis earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

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

MAIN CARD 

CHARLES JOURDAIN VS. NATHANIEL WOOD

WINNER: NATHANIEL WOOD VIA UD (30-27, 30-27,29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: NATHANIEL WOOD VIA UD

Andrews: A close scrap, but Wood pulled it out, as expected.

WILLIAM GOMIS VS. JARNO ENNIS

WINNER: WILLIAM GOMIS VIA MD (29-28, 29-28, 29-29)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: WILLIAM GOMIS VIA UD

Andrews: Good win for the kid on a big stage.

ALESSIO DI CHIRICO VS. ROMAN KOPYLOV 

WINNER: ROMAN KOPYLOV VIA KO (PUNCHES) R3 1:09

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALESSIO DI CHIRICO VIA TKO

Andrews: Someone had to step up here and to my disappointment, once again, it was not Alessio.

NASSOURDINE IMAVOV VS. JOAQUIN BUCKLEY

WINNER: NASSOURDINE IMAVOV VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Andrews: I thought Buckley was going to do better than he did.

#1 ROBERT WHITTAKER VS. #2 MARVIN VETTORI

WINNER: ROBERT WHITTAKER VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROBERT WHITTAKER VIA UD

Andrews: Whittaker was better, as expected. Italian fighters went 0-2-0 tonight.

MAIN EVENT

#1 CIRYL GANE VS. #3 TAI TUIVASA 

WINNER: CIRYL GANE VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 4:23

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CIRYL GANE VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Wow! That was a heavyweight classic with both guys having a great chance to win. But the real winners are the people of France.

The next UFC event is UFC 279, which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Khamzat Chimaev takes on Nate Diaz in the main event.

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KenaiAndrews
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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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