On Saturday, UFC Fight Night 210 took place in Paris, and it featured a unique lineup of matches. The long-awaited UFC Fight debut in France, where MMA was not permitted until 2019, was finally here.
To mark the event, the promotion created a card that was both appropriate and substantial.
The heavyweight contest between hometown favorite and top-ranked contender Ciryl Gane and No. 3-ranked visiting Australian Tai Tuivasa received the most attention. Gane was in peak form throughout the fight, killing his Australian opponent with a nasty third-round barrage. The only worry came in the second round.
In contrast, the co-main event pitted Italy’s Marvin Vettori, the No. 2 contender in the middleweight category, against No. 1 contender and former champion Robert Whittaker. In the bout, Australian Whittaker displayed absolute power, out-striking his dangerous opponent to win by unanimous decision.
He did all that and more
Before UFC Fight Night 210, Ciryl Gane was under a lot of stress. He had the opportunity to reclaim his position as the top contender in the heavyweight division after losing by decision to the incumbent champion Francis Ngannou, as well as headline the UFC’s first event in his nation against the immensely dangerous Tai Tuivasa.
The French heavyweight was outstanding throughout the contest. While Tuivasa’s punch in the second round knocked him out, he was otherwise thoroughly in charge of the action and eventually won through third-round TKO with a scorching attack to the body and head.
After the victory, Gane’s future is rather unclear. The champion is currently involved in a contentious contract dispute with the UFC Fight, which has significantly muddled the heavyweight title picture even though his loss to Ngannou is still clearly in the rearview mirror.
However, Gane is likely to play a significant role in any discussions regarding Ngannou’s uncontested title or the establishment of an interim title if the champion doesn’t compete soon. He addressed UFC Fight President Dana White after the fight, saying, “Dana, now I’m going back to the belt, please.”