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Frenchman Ciryl Gane crushed Tai Tuivasa at Bercy, for the first UFC match organized in France, on September 3, 2022.
SPORT – His victory is historic. Frenchman Ciryl Gane won the first UFC fight (Ultimate Fighting Championship, the most important league in the mma) heavy goods vehicles organized in France Saturday, September 3 by beating the Australian Tai Tuivasa by KO.
In a torrid Bercy which sang the Marseillaise and other fan songs, Ciryl Gane, number 1 in the heavyweight category behind champion Francis Ngannoustruck down the world number in the third round, after having yet come close to a knockout in the second round.
🔥 CIRYL GANE TERRACE TUIVASA WITH A TERRIBLE TKO! 💥 WHAT AN AMAZING FIGHT! 🇬🇧 PARIS IS CRAZY!… https://t.co/46xjECH2vl
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“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 one who is nicknamed Bon Gamin continues: “It was a hard fight and it created emotions. I think the viewers must have loved that fight. I managed at first, then he came back, he hurt me. He touched me, everyone thought it was going to end. I come back even stronger and I finally finish in my turn. So I think everyone is happy with this evening. »
Next step, beat Francis Ngannou
On Instagram this Sunday, September 4, he still can’t believe it. “IT WAS A MAGIC NIGHT. Thank you so much to everyone who supported us, and who gave voice to make us live the incredible moments we experienced tonight. Thanks also to my opponent, who put me in danger like never before! »
He thus adds an eleventh victory to his record in mixed martial arts and inflicts on Tuivasa his fourth setback in sixteen appearances in the cage. Thanks to this victory, the 32-year-old Frenchman should again have a chance to fight for the world belt soon, after his failure against Cameroonian Françis Ngannou, legend of the discipline, former homeless in Paris who became an MMA star.
Ciryl Gane was not destined for this combat sport either. As a child he had « fear of water “, he says, amused, to the World. He only discovered Thai boxing at the age of 24 and thanks to his extraordinary abilities, he became a professional. Bon Gamin then entered the professional world of MMA in 2018 and only 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, the Accor Arena in Paris was sold out, the 15,000 places having been sold in a few minutes, at prices ranging from 83 euros over 1500 euros. The Minister of Sports Amelie Oudea-Castera was present in the stands but did not stay until the end, specifies the team.
MMA is an extreme combat sport that allows kicks, punches, knees and elbows, as well as ground strikes, chokeholds and locks inside a cage. France has long been one of the last countries to ban discipline deemed too violent.
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