UFC Fight Night Ciryl Gane: UFC heavyweight contender Ciryl Gane put on a masterful performance in front of his home country fans, stopping Serghei Spivac in the second round of the UFC Fight Night Paris main event. The event marked the UFC’s return to France and saw several local fighters thrill the sold-out crowd.
Gane Batters Spivac for Impressive TKO Win
According to ESPN, Gane wasted no time using his elite striking skills, keeping Spivac at distance with kicks and punches while avoiding the Moldovan’s attempts to grapple.
In the second round, Gane began punishing Spivac with knees and punches to the body that clearly hurt his opponent. A clubbing right hand appeared to stun Spivac before Gane unleashed a barrage of strikes that prompted referee Marc Goddard to stop the fight at the 3:44 mark.
Per Sherdog, Gane landed 95 total strikes compared to just 14 for Spivac in the largely one-sided matchup. The win puts Gane back on track after losing to Jon Jones in March.
Namajunas Falls to Fiorot in Flyweight Debut
In the co-main event, former UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas moved up to flyweight seeking fresh challenges. However, France’s Manon Fiorot proved too much, winning a clear unanimous decision according to ESPN.
Namajunas struggled to navigate Fiorot’s rangy striking style and was unable to secure any takedowns. Fiorot also showed great takedown defense, stuffing all six attempts from the former champ. With the win, Fiorot cements her status as a top flyweight contender.
More Highlights from UFC Paris Card
The UFC Paris preliminary card featured several other solid performances from French fighters in front of their hometown fans. Bantamweight Farid Basharat impressed with a first round submission of Kleydson Rodrigues while Morgan Cherriere blitzed newcomer Zecchini with vicious kicks to earn a rapid fire TKO according to MMANews.
Light heavyweight William Gomis picked up a controversial TKO win over Yanis Ghemmouri in a contested low blow situation. And crowd favorite Taylor Lapilus won a unanimous decision over short notice replacement Fares Ziam.
The passionate Parisian fans created an electric atmosphere for the UFC’s return to France. Ciryl Gane’s dominant win capped off a thrilling night of fights.
What’s Next for Gane and UFC Heavyweights?
Gane reminded everyone that he is still arguably the most technical striker in the heavyweight division. He will be keen to earn another title shot after the disappointing loss to Jon Jones.
According to MMANews, potential future opponents for Gane include Tom Aspinall and Sergei Pavlovich as Jones prepares to defend against Stipe Miocic this November.
With his confidence restored, Gane remains a dangerous threat to the heavyweight throne. His masterful performance in his homeland proved he is still evolving as a fighter. The future is bright for the French phenom.