Frenchman Ciryl Gane electrifies Bercy and wins the first UFC event in France

Frenchman Ciryl Gane electrifies Bercy and wins the first UFC event in France

JULIEN DE ROSA/AFP via Getty Images French fighter Ciryl Gane celebrates after defeating Australian fighter Tai Tuivasa in their men’s heavyweight bout during the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event at the Accor Arena in Paris, on September 3, 2022. (Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP) (Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA/AFP via Getty Images)

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Frenchman Ciryl Gane crushed Tai Tuivasa in Bercy, in the first UFC fight organized in France, on September 3, 2022.

SPORT – His victory is historic. The French Cyryl Gane won the first fight of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship, the most important MMA league) in the heavyweight category organized in France on Saturday, September 3, by defeating the Australian Tai Tuivasa by KO.

In a torrid Bercy that sang the Marseillaise and other chants from the fans, Ciryl Gane, number 1 in the heavyweight category behind champion Francis Ngannou, swept the world number in the third round, after having been close of the knockout in the second recovery.

“I have no words to describe what you are doing to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you…”, reacted Gane, 1.95 m and 111 kg. During the post-match press conference, the nicknamed Bon Gamin continues: “It was a tough fight and it created emotions. I think the viewers must have loved that fight. I made it at first, then he came back, hurt me. He touched me, everyone thought it was going to end. I come back even stronger and finally finish my turn. So I think everyone is happy with tonight. »

Next step, beat Francis Ngannou

On Instagram this Sunday, September 4, you still can’t believe it. “IT WAS A MAGICAL NIGHT. Thank you very much to everyone who supported us, and who gave us a voice to make us live the incredible moments we lived tonight. Thanks also to my opponent, who put me in danger like never before! »

This adds an eleventh victory to his mixed martial arts record and inflicts on Tuivasa his fourth setback in sixteen cage appearances. Thanks to this victory, the 32-year-old Frenchman should have the opportunity to fight for the world belt again soon, after his failure against Cameroonian Françis Ngannou, a legend of the discipline, a former drifter in Paris who became a star of the MMA.

Ciryl Gane was also not destined for this combat sport. As a child he had ” afraid of water he says, amused, World. He discovered Thai boxing at the age of 24 and thanks to his extraordinary skills he became a professional. Bon Gamin then entered the professional MMA world in 2018 and just a year later, he joined the UFC.

For the first appearance in France of this martial arts championship, two years after the legalization of the discipline, tickets were sold out at the Accor Arena in Paris, with all 15,000 seats being sold in a few minutes, at prices ranging from 83 euros and the 1500 euros. . The Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, was present in the stands but did not stay until the end, he specifies the team. Note that several fights in other weight classes took place during the night before the one with Ciryl Gane. All the French won their duels.

MMA is an extreme combat sport that allows kicks, punches, knees, and elbows, as well as ground slams, chokes, and locks inside a cage. France has long been one of the last countries to ban discipline deemed too violent.

See also also in The Huffpost: Francis Ngannou-Ciryl Gane fight in the UFC may change the face of MMA in France

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