Ciryl Gane knocks out Tai Tuivasa to delight home support at UFC Paris | MMA News

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Parisian William Gomis soon gave them something to cheer, as he escaped a dangerous late submission attempt from Jarno Errens before winning on the judges' scorecards.

A right uppercut marked the beginning of the end, and Gane stalked his man down, landing thunderous blows with both hands to secure the KO with 37 seconds remaining.

Gane and Australia's Tuivasa produced an explosive main event at the Accor Arena on the banks of the River Seine in the promotion's first major event in the country since the sport was legalised there in 2020.

With the red, white and blue of the French flag projected on the octagon floor between bouts, the six-fight main card got off to a slow start for the energetic home fans as English fighter Nathaniel Wood defeated Frenchman Charles Jourdain by unanimous decision.

In the co-main event, former middleweight title-holder Robert Whittaker put on a slick striking performance to out-point Marvin Vettori that may put him in contention for another shot at the belt, despite losing a title fight to current champion Israel Adesanya back in February.

"If anyone had any doubts about how good the French crowd are, there are no more doubts anymore," said Gane, who called for another title fight after his unanimous decision loss to UFC champion Francis Ngannou in January.

Ciryl Gane delivered a knockout win over Tai Tuivasa to delight his home support as the Frenchman staked his claim for another title shot at UFC Paris.

Tuivasa sent Gane crashing to the canvas with a sledgehammer right hand in the second round, but Gane roared back with a series of brutal blows to the body that almost ended the fight.

Two minutes into the third, Gane stunned Tuivasa with a head kick, and though the teak-tough Aussie initially refused to go down, Gane piled on the pressure.