UFC Paris fell last night (Saturday, September 3, 2022) inside the Accor Arena in Paris, France, featuring a heavyweight hit that saw Ciryl Gane stop at Tai Tuivasa in the third round by hitting (I see him again here). In the co-main event, Robert Whitaker defeated Marvin Vittori by unanimous decision (Highlights).
Winner: Cyril Jen
Who should face it next: Curtis Blades
Blaydes always seems to be the odd guy when talking about legitimate contenders for the title, but the guy has won three straight times and is 7-1 over his last eight fights inside the Octagon. At number four at the moment, the Blaydes could apparently be another big win away from a shot at the title, and if Gane wants to bring his ticket back to the big jig he has to at least score another big win, and “Blade” fits the bill well. The 265-pound division is a bit disoriented as a result of Frances Ngannou’s injury and a looming Jon Jones appearance, so Jane needs to stay busy to keep his place in the standings. Granted, Blaydes may not be at the top of Gane’s wish list, but this fight could happen either way.
Winner: Robert Whitaker
Who should face it next: Paulo Costa
While Whitaker would love nothing more than another chance for the title, it will be hard to achieve if Israel defeats Adesanya Alex Pereira in a few months since “The Last Stylebender” already has two wins over “The Reaper”. That’s why Whitaker must focus his attention on a fight against Costa, one of the men at the top of the 185-pound ladder he has yet to face. Costa takes a big win over Luke Rockhold and he also wants another shot in the division belt. The winner here is one step closer.
winner: Nassruddin Imavov
Who should face it next: Andre Muniz
After his third straight win against the very solid Joaquin Buckley, Imavov can expect to climb a few points and possibly crack the Top 10. The fight against Muniz looks fitting as he is on a five-way winning streak inside the Octagon, nine overall. Once the new arrangement comes out next week, Imavov and Muniz will be closer to each other, so the fight makes sense in that regard. Also, both men are pointing upwards, so there will be a lot at stake in the event that this fight comes to fruition.
winner: Roman Kopylov
Who should face it next: Gerald Merchart
Kopylov returned to the winning column with a huge knockout victory over Alessio Di Chirico, which stopped the bleeding streak of losing streak. The fight against Merchart may be in order as he also has a win, defeating Bruno Silva just under a month ago. Both men got ways to go before they could start sniffing out the top 15, so chipping away slowly is the way to go for both men.
winner: William Gomis
Who should face it next: bell geo
Gomis was successful in his UFC debut, earning a majority decision by defeating Jarno Errens and extending his winning streak to nine that spanned into 2016. Barely starting his UFC career, I feel like fighting against Algeo after that. Algeo is currently on a winning streak and is 3-2 so far inside the Octagon. Gomis may have the tools to be a legitimate competitor in a few years’ time at Featherweight, but he’ll have a long and hard way to work his way there.
winner: Nathaniel Wood
Who should face it next: Alex Caceres
Wood took his second straight win, defeating Charles Jordan by unanimous decision and improving his record to 6-2 inside the octagon. I feel like fighting against Caceres next in The Prospect. Caceres suffers a heavy loss to Siddiq Yusef, who has shattered his five winning streak. Wood was on his way up and Caceres barely made it past the top 15, so it’s a good match between two young and talented people who have plenty of time and room to grow. The win is big for both men here, allowing them to take a step forward in a very crowded 145-pound weight class.
For full UFC Paris results: “Gane vs. Tuivasa” and Play By, click over here.