Five French victories on the UFC Paris card on Saturday evening to the delight of the Accor Arena. Zoom on the tricolor services.
The efficiency of Benoît Saint-Denis
It only took a few seconds for the French “God of War” to gain the upper hand over his evening opponent Gabriel Miranda. The Frenchman imposes his rhythm with power against a poor Brazilian who simply did not see the light of day during his duel against the former soldier of the French army. Saint-Denis alternated with returned elbow strikes and mastery of the ground game to become the first Frenchman to win a UFC fight in France. A KO with a right hook in the second round after a first round largely dominated by BDS.
The beautiful story of Fares Ziam
While he no longer had a contract last February after his last defeat against Terrence McKinney, Farès Ziam found the American octagon this Saturday evening in Paris. The Rhodanian won by unanimous decision against Poland’s Kamil Figlak. Its status has long been under threat, uncertain of being included on the Parisian map, makes its success all the more remarkable. This is the great story of the evening: that of a young 25-year-old fighter who pocketed a crucial victory for his future in the UFC.
What better way to start a career in the UFC than a victory in your country. William Gomis played his first fight in the American organization on Saturday evening after some fine performances in the French league Ares Fighting. Le Havrais managed to tie against Jarno Errens to win by majority decision of the judges. His victory is marked by his breathtaking defense on the triangle in the very last seconds of the fight. Some were curious to see him at work, others doubted his ability to compete in the UFC, yet Gomis is already imposing himself with style.
Nassurdin Imavov’s endurance
It was probably the most strategic and tiring fight on the UFC Paris card. The duel between Nassourdine Imavov and Joaquin Buckley was marked by a very intense fight. Both fighters finished kneecaps, gasping after a high-flying technical battle. The Frenchman of Daghestan origin responded to an American who had not stopped provoking him in recent days, saying that Bercy was not going to encourage a fighter with foreign origins. Finally, Buckley lost on all grounds: in the octagon cashing a quasi-KO but also in the stands where the encouragement of the Parisian public was clearly in favor of the French.
For the first time in his career, Ciryl Gane was knocked down. Tai Tuivasa has also established an icy silence in the Accor Arena for a split second: the 16,000 supporters thinking of seeing the “Bon Gamin” fall on French soil. “He touched me, he turned off the light for me, but I’m a Warrior, I’m a warrior,” said the Frenchman at the octagon microphone after his success. But Gane showed an impressive second wind, quickly getting up to regain the advantage by chaining punches and knees to the Australian’s face.