‘A heavyweight Jon Jones’: Fighters react to Ciryl Gane finishing Tai Tuivasa in thrilling UFC Paris main event


Ciryl Gane and Tai Tuivasa didn’t disappoint in the first UFC main event ever to take place in France.

Saturday’s UFC Paris heavyweight champions fought in an exciting striking match that saw each man rock the other with numerous powerful strikes. Gane entered the bout as a heavy favorite, but Tuivasa proved to be more than game as he nearly finished Gane in the second round. However, Gane’s striking was as powerful and as accurate as ever, and after hurting Tuivasa in that same round, he turned it on in Round 3 to end the fight.

Former interim champion Gane was just coming off a loss to Francis Ngannou, in which he lost a title unification fight for heavyweights. With this win, he stays in the thick of the championship hunt.

UFC Welterweight Champion Leon Edwards and Ngannou congratulated the fighters on their amazing performances. Alexander Volkanovski, featherweight king, called Tuivasa “a hard Bastard .”


Derek Brunson may be the greatest compliment, saying Gane looked “a heavyweight Jon Jones on Saturday”.

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