Ciryl Gane is back in the win column. In front of a raucous hometown crowd at the Accor Arena in Paris, Gane put together a sensational striking display and much-improved takedown defense to score a second-round TKO of Sergey Spivak.
Coming off of a devastating and humiliating first-round submission against Jon Jones for the vacant UFC heavyweight title in March, Gane knew that he would need to show marked improvement if he ever wanted to be a title contender again.
He did just that with a brutal assault that Spivac had no answers for.
Gane defended the first attempt for a takedown from Spivac to showcase his takedown defense. He then picked apart his opponent in the standup for the duration of the opening round with a healthy dosage of lateral movement and pinpoint striking.
With the first round behind him, the Frenchman stepped up the aggression as he sensed Spivac’s desperation to get the fight to the ground. Gane tormented Spivac’s body with knees and body punches which compromised his opponent.
Sensing that Spivac was wearing down, Gane went to work with a brutal barrage of punches and knees before finishing the fight with a series of clubbing right hands. Spivac never went down but he was rendered defenseless and the fight was stopped at the 3:44 mark.
With the win, the No.2-ranked Gane will hold his spot and likely set himself up for a showdown with one of the rising stars of the heavyweight division that features Tom Aspinall, Jailton Almeida and top-ranked Sergei Pavlovich.
In the co-main event, Manon Fiorot put her name in contention for a title opportunity as she spoiled the flyweight debut of Rose Namajunas and picked up a unanimous decision.
Fiorot’s size and lauded striking ability overwhelmed the two-time strawweight champion. Namajunas attempted to use her speed to neutralize Fiorot’s size advantage but found herself picked off by accurate counters.
There also appeared to be a hand injury that hampered Namajunas but Fiorot remained patient and peppered her opponent with punches.
Namajunas was unable to find much success in the striking department and attempted to get the fight to the ground but Fiorot’s takedown defense kept “Thug Rose” from taking the fight to the mat.
In the end, it was Fiorot getting the edge with scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 to run her UFC record to a perfect 6-0.
UFC Paris full card results
- Ciryl Gane def. Sergey Spivak via 2nd round TKO (punches) (3:44)
- Manon Fiorot def. Rose Namajunas via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Benoit Saint-Denis def. Thiago Moises via 2nd round TKO (punches) (4:44)
- Volkan Oezdemir def. Bogdan Guskov via 1st round submission (rear-naked choke) (3:46)
- William Gomis def. Yanis Ghemmouri via 3rd round TKO (body kick) (2:20)
- Morgan Charriere def. Manolo Zecchini via 1st round KO (body kick and punches) (3:51)
- Taylor Lapilus def. Caolan Loughran via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Nora Cornolle def. Joselyne Edwards via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Ange Loosa def. Rhys McKee via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Farid Basharat def. Kleydson Rodrigues via 1st round submission (arm triangle) (4:15)
- Jacqueline Cavalcanti def. Zarah Fairn via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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How to watch UFC Paris: Ciryl Gane vs. Sergey Spivak
|Country||Date||Channel + Live Stream (main card)|
|United States||Sat. September 2||ESPN+, ESPN|
|Canada||Sat. September 2||BELL, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink|
|United Kingdom||Sat. September 2||TNT Sports|
|Australia||Sun. September 3||Main Event on Kayo|
The prelims and main card for UFC Paris will be available on ESPN and the ESPN+ streaming service.