The former interim heavyweight champion achieved a great victory last Saturday in front of the Paris audience. In an exciting fight, Ciryl Gane knocked out Tai Tuivasa, but not everything went so smoothly for 'Bon Gamin' A few punches separated Gane from his worst nightmare, defeat in front of the home audience and that by knockout.
In the second round, Tuivasa hit the Frenchman and sent him to a knockdown, and he continued to deliver blows on the ground. Gane managed to survive it, and in the third round he knocked out Tuivasa and still came out of the cage as the winner.
In his UFC career, Gane fought these fighters: Francis Ngannou, Derrick Lewis, and Junior dos Santos, but he had a lot to say about the power of Tuivasa's punch. “Yeah, 100 percent (heaviest puncher),” Gane told reporters at the UFC Fight Night 209 post-fight press conference.
“Ngannou never touched me during the fight, so it’s impossible to compare. But today, Tai Tuivasa touched me. Francis Ngannou can touch very well. That’s not a question. But today, (Tuivasa) was the first guy to put me on my ass”.
' said Gane.
The experience was a first for Gane.
“Nothing,” Gane said recalling the feeling of getting dropped. “I don’t have time to put question in my head. I just react. So I felt nothing, then I felt the ground with my hands, and after that I saw his legs, so I grabbed the legs, and that’s it.
This was my feeling. And after a few seconds I was back”. On Saturday, we truly saw Gane knocked down for the first time in his entire UFC career, but considering his speed, movements and agility, it's not surprising.
Hand on heart, it is still a heavyweight and it was only a matter of time because it is impossible to never take a hit. Luckily for him, Gane was able to survive Tuivasa's shot and win. In the end, he just said that at that moment he just wanted to survive and that he didn't think about anything.