The UFC’s next Fight Night event in Paris officially has a main event, with Ciryl Gane set to meet fellow top heavyweight contender Serghei Spivac.
The UFC’s return to the French capital was confirmed earlier this month when it was announced that a card would take place on September 2, which is almost a year to the day of the promotion’s first event in France last year.
With the combat sports world largely preoccupied by the sexual assault allegations levied at Conor McGregor earlier in the day, Dana White gave fight fans some welcome news by announcing the main events for UFC cards in Paris, Singapore, and Nashville.
Your #UFCParis Main Event is OFFICIAL 🇫🇷@Ciryl_Gane and Sergei Spivak take center stage at the @Accor_Arena!
Tickets officially on sale Fri, June 23 | Pre-Register at https://t.co/3VJhIdQXsY pic.twitter.com/x7vM4nsnj0
— UFC (@ufc) June 15, 2023
Ciryl Gane Headlines UFC Paris For Second Time
The UFC’s previous event in France was also headlined by Gane, who defeated Tai Tuivasa in a wild bout that earned Fight of the Night honors.
The win over Tuivasa was Gane’s first fight after losing a heavyweight title bout to Francis Ngannou, and once “The Predator” walked away from the UFC earlier this year the Frenchman was matched up with Jon Jones for the division’s vacant title. “Bon Gamin” was submitted by the former light heavyweight king in just over two minutes, and now this matchup with Spivac is a chance for him to get back on track in his home country.
Gane also headlined the UFC’s previous event in Paris. (Per Haljestam/USA TODAY Sports)
Following a first-round loss to Tom Aspinall in 2021, Spivac has finished three-straight opponents to match the longest win streak of his UFC career. His last win over former heavyweight title challenger Derrick Lewis was particularly impressive, and he’ll enter the fight with Gane as the UFC’s #8-ranked heavyweight.
The heavyweight main event is the only bout that’s been confirmed for the UFC’s return to Paris thus far, but expect the promotion to start announcing matchups in the coming weeks and try to stack the event with as many French fighters as possible.
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