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UFC Fight Night Ciryl Gane vs Tai Tuivasa Best Bet: Bon Gamin Gets Back into Title Race

UFC Fight Night Ciryl Gane vs Tai Tuivasa Best Bet: Bon Gamin Gets Back into Title Race
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Ciryl Gane vs Tai Tuivasa Best Bet: Saturday, September 3rd

UFC Fight Night France takes place this weekend on September 3rd in Accor Arena, Paris. The main event will feature France’s no.1 Heavyweight contender Ciryl Gane taking on 3rd-ranked Tai Tuivasa for a title elimination bout. How do these two fighters compare, who will win and what is the best bet for the fight? Find out in the article below.

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Ciryl Gane vs Tai Tuivasa Preview

The 32-year-old Frenchman Ciryl Gane made his ascent into the top tier of UFC Heavyweights quickly, earning his first title shots after less than 3 years in the organization. He fought 7 times during that time and won every time, taking out solid competition like JDS, Aleksandar Volkov, Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Derrick Lewis. His attempt at the title didn’t go as planned, losing to Francis Ngonnau by unanimous decision due to poor takedown prevention.

But Ciryl Gane is definitely a serious title contender, and despite getting his shot earlier than what I consider the ideal time, he possesses some elite skills. Having started his fighting career in Muay Thai, Gane has developed an elite striking game. His boxing, kick, knees and elbows are all useful weapons he doesn’t hesitate to utilize. But by far his biggest attribute compared to other heavyweights is his movement in the octagon. He is very light on his feet, using his elite footwork to get in and out of exchanges, and absorbing only 2.27 strikes per minute. Grappling isn’t exactly his strong suit, as we’ve seen against the champ, but he can use the clench to get Thai-style takedowns and also has 3 career victories via submission.

On the flip side, we have Tai ‘Bam-Bam’ Tuivasa, the 29-year-old prospect out of Sydney, Australia. It wasn’t smooth sailing for Bam Bam since joining, having a 3-3 record in his first 2 years and suffering a KO loss at the hands of JDS. But Tuivasa was able to turn things around and was able to get himself up to 3rd place in the Heavyweight rankings on the back of his 5-fight-KO win streak. He is coming off a knockout victory over Derrick Lewis in February and if he can win this one, a title shot should be in his crosshairs.

In terms of his fighting skills, we already know he’s able to put people to sleep, but what about the rest? Tuivasa’s base is boxing/kickboxing and his main weapon are his hands. He lands about 4.5 strikes per minute but also absorbs 3.5. He doesn’t throw a lot of kicks and has yet to shoot for a takedown after 11 UFC fights. He only uses grappling to prevent takedowns, which accounts for a takedown defence of 50%, and he doesn’t go for submissions. Tai Tuivasa is far from a complete fighter, but his elite boxing skills and deceptive speed make him a huge threat. That said, he will have to make a huge leap if he hopes to become a serious title contender in the next year.

Ciryl Gane vs Tai Tuivasa Best Bet

The bookmakers really aren’t giving us a lot to sink our teeth into, but there’s always at least some value.
Let’s face it, as much as fans adore Tuivasa, it’s not his time to go for the title yet, and he is facing a much more dangerous opponent with a much bigger arsenal. Gane is an elite striker with incredible movement for the division, and I think this will be the difference maker. His footwork, kicks. It’s a 5-rounder, so even more time to finish the job before the final bell rings, and I see the 1.66 offer on him to win via KO/TKO/DQ or Sub as solid.

  • Selection: Cyril Gane to Win by KO/TKO/DQ or Submission
  • Best Odds: 1.66 (Unibet)
  • Stakes: 3/10

Odds as at 2:00 pm on August 26th, 2022. Odds may now differ.

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