The UFC is breaking ground in yet another country as it is heading to Paris for the first time in the company’s history, as it will host an event in the Accor arena on September 3rd. As many will remember MMA was banned throughout the country but became legalized on January 1st 2020, so this will have to be a monumental event for the company.
Even though some were disappointed that this was not a PPV event, this has not stopped the UFC from working on a card that would rival that of a PPV, while it is still early and a lot could happen from now till then, there have been 3 major fights added to the main card that will have all MMA fans salivating.
First up we have a fight between #4 Jessica Andrade and #6 Manon Fiorot. The former champ Andrade is currently on a 2 fight win streak and scored a standing arm triangle submission in her last fight, a win would put her in early contention or a possible title eliminator either at 125 or 115 if she wanted to head cut down. As for Manon, this will be her biggest fight ever as she gets to be on her home soil hoping to perform in front of her countrymen, she is currently on an impressive 9-win streak and is undefeated in the UFC.
In the co-main we have one of the most pivotal fights for the middleweight division as former king Robert Whittaker will face longtime challenger Marvin Vettori. Both fighters are in a weird position having lost to Israel Adesanya twice, but always beating everyone else out in front of them. Robert last fought and lost to Izzy in a competitive fight in February, while Marvin fought last October when he beat Paulo Costa. While a win here does not guarantee an immediate title fight or even a title eliminator, it still brings two of the best middleweights on earth into the cage for a fight that has FOTN written all over it.
Finally, we have the main event when 2 of the strikers on the planet take on each other in hopes of fighting Francis Nganou whenever he recovers, settles his contract dispute and decides to not box Tyson Fury.
Ciryl was last seen in a 5-round decision loss to Francis where he fought the champion like he was in a chess match, unfortunately for him the king learned how to wrestle and checkmated the Frenchmen handing him his first loss. It will be interesting to see how he has learned and adapted, considering he is facing yet another man with cinderblocks with hands.
Tai on the other hand is riding some serious momentum and a 5 fight win streak (all stoppages). He was once on a 2 fight-losing skid with not many knowing him or what he had to offer, not only has he turned his career around but has also become a fan favorite due to his style and shooeys.
A win over Ciryl unfortunately doesn’t do much for him in terms of a title fight even if he is the most deserving. Remember we still have to wain on Francis, but also find out what the situation with Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic will be.