UFC’s first card in Paris headlined by Ciryl Gane – Tai Tuivasa

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Yesterday we saw some massive UFC news and that news was that the promotion is heading to Paris, France in September. The promotion will be making their debut in France and they are brining a helluva main event for the fans.

The hometown heavyweight star and former interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane (10-1) is back as he takes on the popular and loveable Tai “Bam Bam” Tuivasa (15-3). The fight will happen on September 3rd. Ariel Helwani first reported the fight.

We’ve seen Bellator have fights in Paris, but respectfully, nothing like this one. Bellator came with Cheick Kongo who is a legend in French MMA, but the UFC is bringing one of the very best in the world in Ciryl Gane.

Gane will look to bounce back after losing by decision to Francis Ngannou back in January. “Bon Gamin” had the fight in hand being up 2-0 on Ngannou before Ngannou switched to a wrestling attack that Gane wasn’t ready for. Ngannou won the final three rounds and edged a decision at UFC 270.

This was Gane’s first professional loss. Prior to that, he had captured the UFC’s interim title by knocking out Derrick Lewis.

UFC Turnaround for Bam Bam

Back in 2019, it looked like the UFC career of Tai Tuivasa was over. Tuivasa burst onto the scene with entertaining performances, but he went on a three-fight losing streak and didn’t look good at all in any of those fights. For a time, it looked like Tuivasa was getting cut.

However, he started taking his career seriously and we’ve seen a different Tuivasa since. “Bam Bam” is now on a five-fight winning streak and not a single opponent has gone the distance with Tuivasa.

His most impressive victory was his last one. Tuivasa took on former two-time title challenger Derrick Lewis at UFC 271 in Lewis’ hometown of Houston, Texas. Tuivasa took everything Lewis had and didn’t fall and in the second round, he knocked Lewis out.

Now, Tuivasa has the biggest fight of his career. If he can beat Ciryl Gane in Paris, it’s time for his UFC title shot which is something we thought we’d never see just a few years ago.

Tai Tuivasa calling for a UFC showdown with Stipe Miocic next

There are rumors circulating that two of the more popular fighters in the UFC‘s heavyweight division might be fighting this summer. Over the past couple of days, it’s been rumored that the promotion is targeting a summer showdown between Stipe Miocic (20-4) and Tai Tuivasa (15-3).

These rumors have been fueled by recent interviews from “Bam Bam”. Tuivasa appeared on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani yesterday where he was vocal about the fight to make is a matchup with Stipe Miocic.

He was humble when he was calling for the fight, but he talked about how much sense it makes in regards to the UFC’s heavyweight division. Both men are ranked inside the top three and both men currently need a fight.

Now, I had thought all along that Ciryl Gane (10-1) was going to be the next fight for Tuivasa. However, I think there’s some legs to this potential fight with Stipe Miocic. However, it will ultimately come down to one man and that man is Jon Jones (26-1, 1 NC).

Will the UFC make this fight happen?

The UFC’s heavyweight division is in limbo due to Francis Ngannou’s contract situation and health. Ngannou is set to undergo knee surgery in the US on March 14th and from there, we are in for a long negotiation battle between the UFC and the heavyweight champion.

There have already been preliminary talks about an interim title fight in July pairing Jon Jones with Stipe Miocic. They could sell the fight as the greatest of all time versus the greatest heavyweight in UFC history.

However, Tuivasa throws a wrinkle into everything. He seems dead set on the Stipe fight and there are rumors. Until Jon Jones actually has a UFC contract signed, it’s hare to peg him for any fight to be completely honest.

My gut still tells me that Jon Jones will fight Stipe Miocic over the summer for the interim title. The fight just makes too much sense and would setup a super fight at the end of the year with Francis Ngannou regardless of the winner.

With that, I still believe that Tuivasa should and probably will fight former UFC interim champion Ciryl Gane next. Either fight for Tuivasa puts him squarely in the title picture. Time will tell, but my guess is that we will know sooner than later.

After massive win at UFC 271, what’s next for Tai Tuivasa?

This past Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 271, we saw a battle between two of the most beloved heavyweights in the promotion. Knockout artists Derrick Lewis (26-9, 1 NC) and Tai Tuivasa (15-3) went head-to-head looking to get into the title picture at heavyweight.

The fight went almost as expected except for the fact that it went past the first round. In all honesty, I thought that Derrick Lewis would get the job done at UFC 271 and it looked like he was going to in the first round. In the first round, Lewis blasted Tuivasa and even landed a couple of takedowns.

To start the second round, Lewis rocked Tuivasa. However, the UFC’s knockout king couldn’t find the one shot that would put Tuivasa out. Instead, Tuivasa remained composed and in the fight. Then, just over 90 seconds into the second round, Tuivasa rocked Lewis.

Both men were trading big shots and then they ended up in a clinch. During the clinch, Tuivasa pushed Lewis back up against the fence and launched a vicious elbow that landed to Lewis’ chin. The Black Beast crumbled and Tuivasa picked up the biggest win of his career at UFC 271.

What’s next after UFC 271?

Tai Tuivasa entered Saturday as the 11th ranked heavyweight in the UFC. After his knockout win, he’s taken over the third ranking which was previously held by Derrick Lewis. Now, Tuivasa is perhaps just one more good win away from challenging for the heavyweight title.

With that, who should be next for Tuivasa? Well, the cloudiness at heavyweight makes things a little difficult. The UFC is working to mend fences and make a new deal with the heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou who fought out his contract at UFC 270.

Ngannou also has to have knee surgery which will keep him out most of 2022. At the moment, there appears to be some preliminary talks to have Jon Jones face off against Stipe Miocic for an interim title with the winner fighting Ngannou once the champion is healthy.

If that happens, Tuivasa would need another win and some patience before he gets a UFC title shot. That said, there is a fight that makes a ton of sense. I think the UFC should pair Tuivasa up against Ciryl Gane (10-1). Gane is coming off of a loss to Ngannou at UFC 270 and he’s currently ranked first in the rankings.

It’s a logical fight for both men and it’s just the type of test that Tuivasa needs. In fighting Lewis, Tuivasa had an opponent that would stand and trade with him. If he fights Gane, he’ll have to solve the puzzle that only Francis Ngannou has seemed to crack. If he could, you wouldn’t be able to deny Bam Bam of a title shot.

What’s next for Derrick Lewis after UFC 271?

This past Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 271, two of the best knockout artists in the heavyweight division went toe-to-toe. The hometown favorite Derrick Lewis (26-9, 1 NC) took on the surging Tai Tuivasa (15-3). Going into the fight, the only thing we knew for sure is that one man was getting stopped.

In the first round, it certainly looked like that man was going to be Tai Tuivasa. Derrick Lewis started out really strong and even mixed in some takedowns against Tuivasa. During one exchange along the fence, Lewis unloaded on Tuivasa and dealt out some shots that would put away most heavyweights.

However, Tuivasa remained in the fight at UFC 271. In the second round, it looked like Lewis once again rocked Tuivasa. The Black Beast went after him, but he couldn’t put him away. During a wild exchange in the second, Tuivasa clipped Lewis and rocked him.

Both men just started trading big shots. Then, Tuivasa pushed Lewis up against the fence and delivered a massive elbow that put Lewis out. Lewis fell face first to the mat and once again suffered defeat in front of his hometown crowd.

What’s next after UFC 271?

It’s hard not to feel for Derrick Lewis after UFC 271. The heavyweight knockout king has had two fights in the last year in front of his home crowd in Houston, Texas. Both times, he’s been stopped. When he’s fought at the APEX in Las Vegas, he’s been untouchable, but Houston has not been kind to him.

So, after suffering a knockout loss to Tuivasa, what’s next for The Black Beast? Well to be honest, I don’t think he drops much after this fight. I think he will get a guy in the middle-range of the top ten. I’m thinking a good next fight for the UFC to book is Lewis against Jairzinho Rozenstruik (12-3).

Rozenstruik is currently scheduled to take on Marcin Tybura at UFC 273 in April. Should he get the win there, a fight with Lewis makes a ton of sense and would be a lot of fun for fans who love striking and knockouts.

Tai Tuivasa knocks out Derrick Lewis at UFC 271

Two of the biggest and baddest knockout artists went to war tonight at UFC 271. The heavyweight knockout king, Derrick Lewis (26-8) returned to his hometown of Houston to take on fellow knockout artist Tai Tuivasa (14-3).

This is a quick turnaround for The Black Beast as he just fought in December against Chris Daukaus. That night, Lewis was looking to bounce back and he did in a big way when he knocked Daukaus out in the first round. The win was able to get Lewis back on track after his poor performance at UFC 265 where he lost to Ciryl Gane.

Tai Tuivasa burst onto the UFC scene a few years ago and he was knocking out everyone. After reaching 10-0, he had a fight with former heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos. Tuivasa was knocked out in the second round of that fight. That loss started a three fight losing streak.

After this streak, Tuivasa started taking his UFC career more seriously and he drastically turned things around. Heading into UFC 271, Tuivasa was riding a four-fight winning streak and only one of those fights had reached the second round.

UFC 271 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 271 co-main event kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Lewis holds the center and Tuivasa opens with feints. Low kick from Tuivasa just misses. Then a powerful low kick lands for Tuivasa. Tuivasa ducks under a big hook from Lewis and he pushes him against the fence.

Tuivasa holding Lewis against the fence and he’s working knees to the thighs. More knees to the thigh from Tuivasa and Lewis seems composed. The referee breaks them apart and they’re back to striking. Big head kick attempt from Lewis and Tuivasa just evades a big shot from Lewis.

They clinch again and Lewis pushes Tuivasa against the fence. Takedown attempt from Lewis, but Tuivasa defends well and reverses the position. Good elbows on the inside from Tuivasa, but Lewis gets an inside trip and he gets a takedown.

Massive power shots from Lewis and Tuivasa is rocked, but Tuivasa gets to his feet and they both trade big power shots. Huge exchange and Tuivasa pushes Lewis back up against the fence. Hip toss from Lewis and he gets a takedown.

Tuivasa holds onto a leg and he’s trying to get top position. They get back up to their feet and they rest against the fence. Big knee to the body from Tuivasa. The round comes to a close and it’s 1-0 Lewis at UFC 271.

Round 2

Entering the second at UFC 271 and this is anyone’s fight right now. They touch gloves and here we go. Low kick from Tuivasa and Lewis just misses a huge counter. Lewis rocks Tuivasa again in an exchange. Tuivasa retreats and Lewis is on him.

Lewis settles into the dominant position in a clinch, but Tuivasa reverses. They break and they are back to striking. Huge exchange from both men and Lewis is now rocked. Tuivasa is going after him and he lands a huge elbow. Face plant from Lewis and this one is over. Tai Tuivasa shocks Houston and Derrick Lewis at UFC 271.

Tai Tuivasa def. Derrick Lewis by KO – Round 2

UFC 271 Preview: Derrick Lewis – Tai Tuivasa

Two of the biggest and baddest knockout artists will battle it out tomorrow night at UFC 271. The heavyweight knockout king, Derrick Lewis (26-8) returns to his hometown of Houston to take on fellow knockout artist Tai Tuivasa (14-3).

This is a quick turnaround for The Black Beast as he just fought in December against Chris Daukaus. That night, Lewis was looking to bounce back and he did in a big way when he knocked Daukaus out in the first round. The win was able to get Lewis back on track after his poor performance at UFC 265.

At UFC 265, Lewis fought Ciryl Gane for the interim heavyweight title in Houston. Lewis wasn’t able to really get going and was stopped in the third round. He’s admitted that pressure got to him. He’s looking to right the ship tomorrow night against “Bam Bam”.

Tai Tuivasa burst onto the UFC scene a few years ago and he was knocking out everyone. After reaching 10-0, he had a fight with former heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos. Tuivasa was knocked out in the second round of that fight. That loss started a three fight losing streak.

After this streak, Tuivasa started taking his UFC career more seriously and he drastically turned things around. Heading into UFC 271, Tuivasa is riding a four-fight winning streak and only one of those fights had reached the second round.

UFC 271 Prediction

There is really no secret as to what is going to happen at UFC 271. Both of these men are going to come forward and they are both going to swing until someone goes down. That said, you might see a more technical approach from Tai Tuivasa.

Tuivasa doesn’t do nearly as well when he’s being pressured. There’s no one that pressures better than Derrick Lewis. To hold off this pressure, you might see Tuivasa invest in some leg kicks on the outside early on. If he’s successful, he can use these to try and slow Lewis down and time him with a big shot on an advance.

However, I don’t think he’s going to have enough time to do enough damage. I think this fight ends in the first round and when two guys swing like these two will, I can’t bet against The Black Beast. I think he finds Tuivasa’s chin and puts him away in the first at UFC 271.

Prediction: Derrick Lewis by KO – Round 1

UFC books Derrick Lewis – Tai Tuivasa

The UFC has finalized a huge matchup in their heavyweight division featuring two of the biggest knockout artists in the promotion. MMA Junkie was the first to report this afternoon that “The Black Beast” Derrick Lewis (26-8, 1 NC) will be taking on Tai “Bam Bam” Tuivasa (14-3) next.

The matchup will take place in Lewis’ hometown of Houston, Texas at UFC 271 on February 12th. This is a huge opportunity for Tuivasa to make the jump towards the very top of the heavyweight division. The last time we saw Bam Bam was back at UFC 269 when he took on Augusto Sakai.

Tuivasa was able to secure the knockout win which he followed with his signature shoey. The win was Tuivasa’s fourth straight win and all four of those wins have come via knockout. Three of the four wins came in the first round.

After starting out his career unbeaten, Tuivasa went through a UFC rough patch in 2018/2019. He lost three straight and looked like he was going to get cut from the promotion. However, he started taking things more seriously and the results have been incredible. Now, he’s a win away from being in UFC title contention.

UFC Houston return for The Black Beast

Last month, Derrick Lewis made a massive statement when he returned to the UFC’s APEX. Lewis was coming off of a heartbreaking loss against Ciryl Gane where he came up short in Houston at UFC 265. The loss to Gane snapped a four-fight winning streak.

He was so gun-shy and tentative in the Gane fight that many were picking against him when he fought Chris Daukaus. In fact, Daukaus was the betting favorite. However, Lewis shut everyone up when he stormed Daukaus and knocked him out in the first round.

Now, the UFC’s knockout king is ready to make another run at the title. That run features another stop in his hometown against Tai Tuivasa. I don’t know who is going to win this fight, but I do think someone is going out. This should be a matchup that you don’t want to turn away from.

After destroying Greg Hardy at UFC 264, what’s next for Tai Tuivasa?

On Saturday night at UFC 264, Tai Tuivasa (12-3) took on Greg Hardy (7-4, 1 NC) on the main card. The battle of the heavyweight knockout artists promised to bring fireworks and it delivered on Saturday night.

After just a few seconds of feeling the other out, both men started throwing heat. Hardy actually landed the biggest shots early and appeared to briefly stun Tuivasa. However, Tuivasa had been there before and remained composed.

Hardy recklessly rushed in and Tuivasa blasted him with a left that put him down. While follow up shots were landed, they weren’t even needed as Tuivasa got the devastating first round knockout win at UFC 264.

Tuivasa has had a very up and down UFC career thus far. After starting out 3-0 inside the octagon, the Australian heavyweight lost three fights in a row. He has now responded with three consecutive first round knockout victories.

So, it’s been a wave of three fight streaks for Tuivasa in the UFC. Three straight wins followed by three straight losses and now three straight wins again. Perhaps “Bam Bam” could be gearing up for his first four-fight win streak.

What’s next after UFC 264?

The new UFC rankings came out today and Tuivasa didn’t crack the top fifteen after his win over Hardy on Saturday night. That said, I believe he is just on the fringe and having won three in a row, he should get a ranked opponent next or someone on the verge of being ranked.

With that, who should the UFC pair him with. Well, there are a few options, but one really jumps out at me. I would love to see the promotion book Tuivasa against top heavyweight prospect Tom Aspinall (10-2).

Out of Aspinall’s ten professional wins, not one has gone the distance. He’s got a tremendous skillset overall and he’s also currently just outside of the UFC heavyweight rankings. Both men are looking to crack the top fifteen and a fight between the two would get it done for one of them.

For Aspinall, it would be a massive fight to show off his toughness and his overall game. For Tuivasa, it would be a chance to show off that he’s still capable of being a top contender in the UFC’s heavyweight division.

Tai Tuivasa knocks out Greg Hardy at UFC 264

On the main card of UFC 264, we saw two heavyweight knockout artists go to war. Former All-Pro defensive lineman Greg Hardy (7-3, 1 NC) took on the fan favorite Tai Tuivasa (11-3).

Greg Hardy was making the walk for the ninth time in his UFC career. Thus far, Hardy has a record of 4-3, 1 NC in his eight trips inside the octagon. One thing we have seen from Hardy is a steady improvement as his career has progressed.

In his last fight, Hardy lost to top ten contender Marcin Tybura. Hardy looked really good in the first round of their fight, but ultimately gassed and was finished on the ground. Taking out his DQ loss in his UFC debut, Hardy has only lost to Tybura and Alexander Volkov.

Standing across from Hardy tonight was “Bam Bam” Tai Tuivasa. Tuivasa was looking to pick up his third straight UFC win tonight. Back in 2018, Tuivasa looked like he was on the verge of a title shot.

He was a perfect 9-0 overall and he had won his first three UFC fights. However, he then suffered three consecutive losses which really set him back. He bounced back over the last year and he was looking to pickup another win tonight.

UFC 264 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 264 heavyweight clash kicks off with a touch of the gloves. Early jab throws from Hardy. Big low kicks from Tuivasa and he’s trying to chop down Hardy. Huge right straight lands for Greg Hardy.

Nice jab lands for Hardy, but he eats another big leg kick. Hardy steps forward with a big combination and Tuivasa seems to be wobbled. Hardy rushes forward and he’s clipped by a massive shot from Tuivasa and Hardy is dropped.

Tuivasa follows up and this one is over.

Tai Tuivasa def. Greg Hardy by TKO – Round 1

UFC 264 Preview: Greg Hardy – Tai Tuivasa

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC 264, we will see two heavyweight knockout artists go to war. Former All-Pro defensive lineman Greg Hardy (7-3, 1 NC) will be taking on the fan favorite Tai Tuivasa (11-3).

Greg Hardy will be making the walk for the ninth time in his UFC career. Thus far, Hardy has a record of 4-3, 1 NC in his eight trips inside the octagon. One thing we have seen from Hardy is a steady improvement as his career has progressed.

In his last fight, Hardy lost to top ten contender Marcin Tybura. Hardy looked really good in the first round of their fight, but ultimately gassed and was finished on the ground. Taking out his DQ loss in his UFC debut, Hardy has only lost to Tybura and Alexander Volkov.

Standing across from Hardy tomorrow night is “Bam Bam” Tai Tuivasa. Tuivasa will be looking to pick up his third straight UFC win tomorrow night. Back in 2018, Tuivasa looked like he was on the verge of a title shot.

He was a perfect 9-0 overall and he had won his first three UFC fights. However, he then suffered three consecutive losses which really set him back. He bounced back over the last year and he’s looking to make it three in a row tomorrow night.

UFC 264 Prediction

If there’s one fight on the UFC 264 main card that you should expect a knockout in, it’s this one. Both of these heavy hitters are going to come out with everything they have in the first round.

Now, of course because I said that, they will probably grapple the entire time and we will see a decision. The money coming in right now is on Tai Tuivasa and it’s not a bad bet considering his history and the history of Greg Hardy.

However, I’m going against the grain on this one and going with my gut. Something tells me that Greg Hardy is going to pickup the biggest win of his career at UFC 264. I think this fight ends in the first, and something tells me Greg Hardy connects with something big.

Prediction: Greg Hardy by TKO – Round 1