Ciryl Gane has a knack for success at home.
In his second promotional headliner in Paris, Gane (12-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) made it two-for-two when he patiently demolished Serghei Spivac (16-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) for a TKO stoppage at 3:44 of Round 2.
The heavyweight contest served as the main event of UFC Fight Night 226 at Accor Arena and aired live on ESPN+.
From the opening bell, Gane was patient yet effective. The damage quickly took its toll on Spivac, who outside of a few single-punch combinations did not find success in the bout. Gane stuffed an early takedown attempt, perhaps recharging his confidence after a quick and disappointing grappling showing in his March loss vs. Jon Jones at UFC 285.
In Round 2, Gane poured on a more aggressive attack as Spivac backed into the cage and turtled. Spivac absorbed all sorts of strikes until referee Marc Goddard had seen enough and dove in.
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After the victory, Gane, who won the UFC’s Paris debut event headliner vs. Tai Tuivasa in 2022, voiced his pride in the region as a whole and the success of his countrymen on Saturday’s card. When asked about a potential matchup with Tom Aspinall, who was cageside, Gane said he welcomes all comers that will get him back toward title gold.
In victory, Gane moves to 2-2 in his most recent four. In defeat, Spivac has a three-fight winning streak snapped.
Full results of UFC Fight Night 226 include:
Up-to-the-minute results of UFC Fight Night 226 include:
Ciryl Gane def. Serghei Spivac via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:44
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