In the main event of the UFC’s debut event in France, the two heavyweights traded leather and scored heavy blows on each other, making it an exciting back-and-forth affair.
In the second round of the fight, Tuivasa knocked Gane down, becoming the first man to do so in the UFC. But ‘Bon Gamin’ bounced back with relentless front-kicks to the Aussie’s body. It looked like the fight could be over at any second, but both fighters managed to get past round two.
In the third round, Gane overwhelmed Tuivasa with his striking and went on to score a knockout victory.
You can watch clips of the crazy striking exchanges between the two heavyweights below:
The contest also received the “Fight of the Night” honors and both heavyweights took home an additional cheque of $50,000 each. This was Tuivasa’s fourth bonus in a row in the UFC.
With the victory, Ciryl Gane bounced back from his sole MMA loss that came against heavyweight king Francis Ngannou at UFC 270. With one or two more wins, ‘Bon Gamin’ could possibly earn another shot at heavyweight gold.
MMA fighters and fans react to Ciryl Gane vs Tai Tuivasa
The main event between Ciryl Gane and Tai Tuivasa sent the entire MMA community into a frenzy. Various MMA fighters and fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the thrilling contest.
Current havyweight champion Francis Ngannou, who was in attendance for the fight, congratulated both fighters on Twitter.
“Great job guys! Prop[s] to Tai for being a warrior and Congrats to Cyril !!!”
Henry Cejudo said that Gane exceeded his expectations with his performance.
The illustrious boxing trainer Teddy Atlas said that he would be interested in seeing a second encounter between Gane and ‘The Predator’.
“Would love to see rematch with Gane and Ngannou, Gane was too defensive in 1st one, may have learned now.”
Journalist Chamatkar Sandhu called it one of the ‘gutsiest’ heavyweight fights of recent times.
A few more reactionary tweets to the main event can be seen below: