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UFC Paris India Time, Fight Card and Preview

LockerRoom Team
02 September 2023

UFC is back with UFC Paris this weekend. Following its debut appearance in Paris last fall, the UFC is set to return to the French capital this early September. The Octagon is gearing up for an action-packed event at the Accor Arena this weekend, headlined by an intriguing heavyweight showdown and featuring some exciting new faces making their debut.

Much like the previous September, the main event spotlights French heavyweight sensation Ciryl Gane as he squares off against the surging contender Serghei Spivac. This clash promises to have an immediate impact on the upper echelons of the heavyweight division. In the co-main event, contender Manon Fiorot will welcome former strawweight champion Rose Namajunas to the flyweight division for the first time, adding another layer of excitement to the evening.

Ciryl Gane vs. Serghei Spivac Preview

For the second consecutive year, Paris plays host to a headline bout featuring ranked heavyweights, with Ciryl Gane squaring off against Serghei Spivac.

Saturday marks Gane's return following his UFC 285 defeat to Jon Jones, a fight that ended in just over two minutes against the long-reigning light heavyweight champion. It marked Gane's second attempt at claiming the undisputed UFC heavyweight title, and although he rebounded last year with a significant stoppage victory over Tai Tuivasa, there's intrigue surrounding whether the home crowd advantage still carries the same freshness, and if the pressure of yet another comeback attempt will affect him.

Spivac, on the other hand, faced early setbacks in his UFC journey with two losses in his first three fights. However, the 28-year-old has since gone on an impressive 6-1 run, with three wins flanking a loss to British contender Tom Aspinall. In his most recent three appearances, the Moldovan "Polar Bear" has elevated his game, securing stoppage victories over Greg Hardy, Augusto Sakai, and Derrick Lewis by leveraging his ground skills and displaying unwavering confidence.

Stylistically, this bout promises to be captivating, as Gane's only two losses came in matches where he was outwrestled, and Spivac excels when he can close the distance and take his opponents to the canvas.

Rose Namajunas vs. Manon Fiorot Preview

In a thrilling showdown slated as Saturday's penultimate matchup, top contender Manon Fiorot makes her return to defend her position in the flyweight contender's hierarchy against former strawweight champion Rose Namajunas.

Fiorot boasts an unblemished record in her five UFC appearances and an impressive ten-fight winning streak overall. Her ascent to one of the foremost challengers in the 125-pound division was solidified last October when she secured a unanimous decision victory over Katlyn Chookagian. However, a knee injury temporarily sidelined her, during which time she witnessed Alexa Grasso dethrone Valentina Shevchenko from the flyweight throne. This development made a rematch between Fiorot and Shevchenko inevitable, compelling her to continue competing to maintain her position among the top contenders.

Namajunas, who competed in her first 16 professional bouts as a strawweight, is making her flyweight debut. Her last fight was a strawweight title loss to Carla Esparza in May at UFC 274. This move presents an immediate opportunity to assess not only her potential standing in the division but also her level of motivation and determination.

This impending contest promises to be enthralling, as both fighters excel in striking, possess formidable power, showcase clean techniques, and are unafraid to engage. How will Namajunas adapt to the weight class change, and what will Fiorot's performance look like after nearly a year away from competition? These intriguing questions, among others, will find their answers on Saturday evening at the Accor Arena.

UFC Paris Fight Card

  • Ciryl Gane vs. Serghei Spivac
  • Manon Fiorot vs. Rose Namajunas
  • Benoit Saint Denis vs. Thiago Moises
  • Volkan Oezdemir vs. Bogdan Guskov
  • William Gomis vs. Yanis Ghemmouri
  • Morgan Charriere vs. Manolo Zecchini

Prelim Matches:

  • Taylor Lapilus vs. Caolan Loughran
  • Ange Loosa vs. Rhys McKee
  • Nora Cornolle vs. Joselyne Edwards
  • Farid Basharat vs. Kleydson Rodrigues
  • Zarah Fairn vs. Jacqueline Cavalcante

UFC Paris India Time and Channel | How to watch UFC Paris in India

UFC Paris will be live in India on Saturday, 2 September 2023 from 9:30 PM Indian Time on SONY TEN 2 and SONY LIV.

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