UFC Fight Night Predictions — Ciryl Gane vs.  Tai Tuivasa: Fight Map, Odds, Start Time, Live Stream

UFC Fight Night Predictions — Ciryl Gane vs. Tai Tuivasa: Fight Map, Odds, Start Time, Live Stream

UFC Fight Night Predictions — Ciryl Gane vs.  Tai Tuivasa: Fight Map, Odds, Start Time, Live Stream

Heavyweights will clash on Saturday at UFC’s France premiere event. French native Ciryl Gane will face fan favorite Tai Tuivasa in the Accor Arena main event with a potential title shot at stake.

Gane (10-1) fell one round short of dethroning UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou at UFC 270. A major tactical error in round 5 arguably cost him the world title. Gane, 32, has only been in his mixed martial arts journey for four years but has developed a well-rounded game as evidenced by an almost even split of KO, submission and decision wins. Defensively, Gane is an evasive fighter who never stopped. A strong performance against Tuivasa keeps Gane’s name on the tip of the tongue in title conversations.

“He’s really dangerous, and everyone knows this,” Gane told reporters on Thursday’s media day. “And he proved it. He walks well. He finished every opponent. He is really dangerous in his attacks, so I have to be focused… ‘Bon Gamin’ style: the footwork, manage distance, touch and never be touched . That is it.

“I want to put more volume than usual. So I want to stop the fight before the end because we will probably both be very tired, and I expect this kind of fight.”

Tuivasa (14-3) has established himself as one of UFC’s most marketable fighters. His gift for drinking beer from the shoes of strangers, affectionately called a ‘shoey’, has endeared him to the masses. The gimmick sometimes overshadows Tuivasa’s natural charisma and an annoying habit of taking out opponents. Tuivasa showed great determination to turn around a disappointing three-fight streak and score five straight knockouts. He emerged as a potential title challenger with a second round KO of Derrick Lewis in February. Tuivasa took out all but one of his 14 victims in less than seven minutes.

“Ciryl is a champion,” Tuivasa said. “He won the [interim] Belt. He is one of the best of the best. I’ve fought a few champions now and he’s definitely one of the best. He would probably be one of the most elusive, perhaps, fighters with his speed and his movement. But if I drink it, I’ll sink it.”

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Saturday’s co-main event could be a Fight Night headliner in its own right. Former UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker takes on former title challenger Marvin Vettori. Both men have lost twice to reigning champions Israel Adesanya, but have a lot to fight for. Even if a trilogy fight against Israel Adesanya is far away, the winner of Whittaker vs. Vettori shortlisted for a title shot Must Dethrone Pereira Adesanya at UFC 281 in Nov.

“He wants to make it a dogfight,” Whittaker said during the media day this week. “He wants to make a fight out of it – that’s his fighting style: get close, push the fence, lock you up, knock you down, wear you out. That’s what he does. I’m very different. I’m in, out, I punch hard I hit fast I think I’m technically better than him I think I’m going to hit him too much I think I’m going to be too much for him “I think he underestimates how good I am, how fast I am, how hard I hit, and I think that will come out on Saturday.”

Another fun matchup in the featherweight division opens the main map when Charles Jourdain takes on Nathaniel Wood. Jourdain is coming off a heavy loss to Shane Burgos in July that could have gone either way, resulting in a majority decision. Wood returned from a two-year hiatus in July when he beat Charles Rosa in London. Now he seems to be building his way back to the title fight.

Here’s the fight card for UFC Fight Night with the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

UFC Fight Night Card, Odds

Ciryl Gane -575 Tai Tuivasa +425 Heavyweight
Robert Whittaker -230 Marvin Vettori +190 middleweight
Alessio Di Chirico -110 Roman Kopylov -110 middleweight
Nasrat Haqparast -230 John Makdessi +190 lightweight
William Gomis -220 Jarno Errens +180 featherweight
Charles Jourdain -150 Nathaniel Wood +125 featherweight

Information on how to watch UFC Fight Night

Date: September 3 | Start time: 3 p.m. ET
Place: Accor Arena — Paris
TV channel: UFC Fight Pass

Forecast

Ciryl Gane vs Tai Tuivasa: Gane is a firm favorite who comes into battle based on his well-rounded play. He is elusive and arguably the most technical heavyweight striker of the roster. That’s a tall order for Tuivasa — a high-level fighter who gives more than he gets, but don’t let three consecutive Fight of the Night honors fool you. He was startled by Derrick Lewis — a high-level gatekeeper — and the terrible Greg Hardy before taking victories. Gane will not offer Tuivasa the exchanges or opportunities that other opponents have. If Tuivasa approaches cautiously, he is likely to be taken apart. If he fights wildly, he will probably get caught. Gane should be able to take advantage of any game plan Tuivasa presents on his way to a raucous party with his compatriots. If Tuivasa is upset, let the beer flow. Gane via SUB3

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