Clash of the Titans under the Eiffel Tower. UFC first time in Paris, Gane challenges Tuivasa

The UFC will make its debut in Paris in style, with fighters from the very top of the heavyweight division, homegrown Cyril Gane and Tai Tuivasa.

Gane will be looking to get back on the winning streak after his only career defeat, which came at the hands of UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in a title fight in January. The 32-year-old Frenchman had won seven straight fights in the Octagon prior to this defeat and is still ranked number one in the division.

So far, no one has found an answer to Gane’s punches except champion Ngannou. The former interim heavyweight champion barely landed a clean punch in eight bouts. However, Tai Tuivasa has knocked out his last five opponents, but if he wants to add the aforementioned Frenchman to that list, he will have to push.

Tuivasa, who is ranked third, has won five straight fights, all by knockout. His most recent victory was his biggest, knocking out two-time title challenger Derrick Lewis in the second round. Tuivasa is 29 years old and comes from Australia.

UFC president Dana White said the winner of the Cyril Gane vs. Tai Tuivasa is next in line to fight for the heavyweight title.

“We don’t know how it’s going to go because the heavyweight champion is still injured anyway, so I don’t know, but obviously whoever wins on Saturday is there (in the title fight).”

Before the grand final, former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker takes on Marvin Vettori. Whittaker insists the best fight of his career is yet to come and says he is hungrier than ever.

It’s been almost seven months since number one middleweight Whittaker lost to ruthless champion Israel Adesanya for the second time, although he performed much better than in the first encounter when the Australian was knocked out in the second round to lose the belt.

“The match with Adesanya was a tough fight. I think I did a lot of things right that night,” Whittaker stated. “But I didn’t succeed. That’s it, you can’t cry about it, you can just go back to the gym and grind and focus on the next opponent… The best years are coming, I feel. that I’m just getting into my best and peak condition. I think my best fights are ahead of me. My motivation to work is my family, they are the biggest driving force, they are the reason I sweat and bleed. I’m fighting for something bigger than I am myself.”

Vettori is also on an impressive run, winning eight of his last ten duels but, like Whittaker, has lost twice to Adesanya. He is currently second in the rankings, just behind Whittaker. In his last fight, at lightweight, he defeated Paulo Costa by unanimous decision in the main event of the night in October of last year.

Champion Adesanya has already defeated Whittaker and Vettori twice and is almost uninterested in their fight together as he is convinced Whittaker will win.

“I will not lie. I don’t want to fool you…I’m actually not looking forward to the main pre-match. I will be watching, but I know who will win,” Adesanya admitted. “Rob (Whittaker) is going to win, so that’s why it’s not exciting for me.”

Alongside Gane, a number of other French talents such as Fares Ziam (12-4), Benoit Saint Denis (9-1-1) or Nassourdine Imavov (11-3) will appear on the card.

You can watch the main card of UFC Fight Night: Gane vs Tuivasa on Saturday, September 3 from 21:00 on Premier Sport.

The article is in Czech

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