Ciryl Gane kept his hopes of another crack at the Heavyweight title with an impressive stoppage victory over Tai Tuisava in the main event of UFC Fight Night 209 on Saturday night at Accor Arena in Paris.
Gane definitely made his countrymen proud, overcoming almost getting finished in the second round to batter Tai Tuisava with kicks to the body which eventually led to the opportunity to finish the fight with a flurry that led to the finish.
The crowd went berserk as the two engaged in a back and forth battle, all on their feet by the time Tuisava crumbled to the canvas. The referee however did right as he rescued Tuisava from further damage at exactly 4:23 of the third round. Leaving Gane to celebrate his return to the win column.
Concerning his experience in the second round, Gane said he was already knocked out and that the shots were so hard, his lights were out.
“Honestly Tai hit me so hard, he knocked me out,” Gane said afterward. “He put the lights out, I fell down, but I had to be a warrior. I got up and that’s what I did. I came back even stronger and I got the win.”
Gane was determined to bounce back from his loss to Francus Ngannou and was very quick on his feet, landing on a very aggressive Tuisava with shots to the legs first then to the body. Tuisava kept his game on , moving forward as he looked for openings while looking to land his big shots.
Gane was able to stay off Tuisava’s range with his footwork then stopping him in his tracks with his counters which connected every-time. Still Tuisava kept coming forward and when he got close, big hooks connected to Gane’s head and he immediately became more cautious. Tuisava sent Game to the canvas with a big shot to the head and followed up to finish off the Frenchman with a flurry on the canvas but Gane survived and got back to his feet.
Tuisava believe the end was near and looked to capitalise, becoming more aggressive but Game made him pay with his vicious body kicks then takes his opportunity to land his punches with every opening.
Both fighters went all out in the third round, engaged in toe to toe battle. However, Gane was more technical and calculatively connected his kicks on Tuisava but the Australian kept walking forward throwing wild punches. In the split of a second, Tuisava got caught with a huge shot to the head and that made glaring that the end was near.
Gane unleashed a series of combinations on Tuisava, who fell to the canvas and his follow up was immediately stopped by the referee Marc Goddard, who looked to stop the Australian from receiving more damage.
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