Ciryl, Nassourdine, William, Fares and Benoît. Some of these names may be unknown to you, yet this Saturday they put France on the MMA map. Five Frenchmen on the combat menu, five victories, almost all brilliant. The French public, who had robbed the Accor Arena tickets in ten short minutes and which set the hall’s record in box office off the ground, could not have dreamed of better. The icing on the cake, Ciryl Gane, now a public figure as much as a fighter, crushed Tai Tuivasa at the end of an anthology game.
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To the tune of Gazo’s “Haine et Sex”, acclaimed by a raving crowd, Ciryl Gane landed in the octagon like a rock star. She had no choice but to win. However, she started shyly. He knew full well that Tai Tuivasa’s firepower could knock him out with a single blow. He also tasted it at the beginning of the second round and the public believed they had lost their champion. The lights were clearly off at “Bon Gamin” after a hook the Australian has the secret of. We had never seen Gane in this position, but he came back from the dead to prove he is the best in this cage.
Tai Tuivasa suffered the thunderbolt of Ciryl Gane.
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Best boxer, simply best fighter, he ended up establishing his superiority. But god, Tai Tuivasa took a long time to break down. It took a nice big knuckle salad, a high kick from Van Damme and a final hook to knock him down, bloodied from the dozens of strikes that preceded him. A victory that has marked the fate of our country: now we are a nation that loves MMA.
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His training partner, Nassourdine Imavov, who passed under the Parisian applause shortly before, also shone. Usually so calm, the Franco-Dagestans let his anger speak, the result of a chat from Joaquin Buckley, his evening opponent of him, which had left him infuriated. He anger that he let him talk on the first two occasions when he turned over on the American and made him bleed profusely. Buckley knew he was behind in scoring and went wild at the end of the final round to get the knockout. He sent chills to the assembly, but Imavov did not fall. The judges unanimously declared him the winner of the fight. Ranked 12th in the world in middleweight, he can now look far ahead to find his next opponent.
Careers relaunched …
Earlier in the evening, Bercy needed some juice to start, a spark. Benoît Saint-Denis gave him a fireworks display. He opened the tricolor ball with his specialty: pure and simple combat. With a kick to the body whose sound echoed throughout the room, he set the tone for the first few seconds. So he made Gabriel Miranda taste the earth three times in the first round. No impatience, the fourth was the good one. Immediately afterwards Miranda was on the ground and did not get up for the fourth time. A spectacular second consecutive UFC victory for “God of War” bodes well for the future.
William Gomis won his first UFC match.
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No time to cool off, Fares Ziam took over. His contract ended after a first average period at the UFC, he was drafted to participate in the Parisian evening. And the American organization was not wrong. Away from there. He literally dominated the head and shoulders over Pole Michal Figlak. Or rather punches and elbows, which he distributed in quantity to win by unanimous decision.
… and a birth certificate
If a French fight was a little less thrilling than the others, it was William Gomis’s. But how to blame him? A surprise signing at the UFC at 25, a first meeting in the very large cage. His performance, a bit boring at times but enough to beat Jarno Errens, will not remain in people’s minds. But more than reaping the victory, he created an image that will remain in the minds of the French public.
Within seconds of the end, his head was caught in a triangle of his opponent’s legs. Gomis gasped, the Accor Arena held its breath, finally managed to get out of a rat hole. “I heard the shouts of the audience. Rather die than surrender. Here we are in Paris!” shouted “the jaguar” after the announcement of the judges’ results (victory by majority decision). A French fighter is born.
In Paris, France hit hard. Very strong. Four of the five French fighters who put on a show tonight are training in France. With French coaches, in French structures. We knew there was talent, but between saying it and seeing it in an octagon, there is a world. On Saturday 3 September a world was crossed.
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