Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 67: Gane vs. Tuivasa, emanating from the Accor Arena in Paris, France.
The Octagon debuts in France for a long-awaited and much-anticipated first event to be held in Paris, a show that has been years in the making, and it brings along a heavyweight main event featuring one of the country's most popular home fighters.
In the main event, former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Ciryl Gane looks to get back into the win column, and back into title contention, as he takes on streaking knockout artist Tai Tuivasa in a five-round affair. Gane is looking to rebound from a title unification loss to Francis Ngannou in January, while Tuivasa is on a five-fight win streak, all coming by knockout, after finishing Derrick Lewis in February.
In the co-main event, former UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker also looks to get back into title contention as he faces former title challenger Marvin Vettori. Also on the main card is a middleweight bout between Nassourdine Imavov and Joaquin Buckley, a middleweight battle pitting Alessio Di Chiricio against Roman Kopylov, and an exciting featherweight match-up between Charles Jourdain and Nathaniel Wood.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at noon Eastern time with preliminary action all the way thru the main card.
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> Women's Featherweights- Stephanie Egger (7-3, 2-2 UFC) vs. Ailin Perez (7-1, 0-0 UFC)
Perez throws some body kicks and goes for a takedown but Egger reverses and ends up on top and gets into the full guard of Perez. Egger with some hammerfists from the top. Egger stands and moves to side control. They scramble to the feet and Perez scores a brief takedown but they stand. They go to the mat as Egger has an arm and Egger ends up in side control and lands some punches. They get to their feet. Perez lands a flurry against the fence. They clinch at the end. 10-9 Egger.
They exchange to start the second and Perez gets the better of it before they clinch. They trade knees and Perez went for a takedown but Egger reversed though Perez ends up on top in side control. They get to their feet and Egger is on the single leg but lets go. Egger gets a takedown and is landing from the top. Egger gets the back and lands some punches as she looks to get the hooks in. She has back control and is looking for a choke. She gets a rear-naked choke locked in and Perez taps with seconds left in the round. Nice finish for Egger.
Official Result- Stephanie Egger def. Ailin Perez by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:54 of Round 2
> Bantamweights- Khalid Taha (13-4 1 NC, 1-3 1 NC UFC) vs. Cristian Quinonez (16-3, 0-0 UFC)
They're both looking to land early and Taha just misses a flurry. They both land punches as Quinonez is circling around. Quinonez with a body kick. Quinonez lands a couple of jabs. Quinonez lands a right hand that trips Taha up and gets on top and lands some shots and it is stopped. Nice finish by Quinonez.
Official Result- Cristian Quinonez def. Khalid Taha by TKO (punches) at 3:15 of Round 1
> Lightweights- Benoit Saint-Denis (9-1 1 NC, 1-1 UFC) vs. Gabriel Miranda (16-5, 0-0 UFC)
Miranda lands a kick and Saint-Denis gets a takedown but they get up. They trade and Miranda gets a takedown. Miranda grabs the neck but they break. Miranda with a knee. They trade inside the pocket. Miranda lands some right hands. Saint-Denis lands a spinning back fist that makes Miranda slip but he gets up and they trade until Saint-Denis gets a takedown. Saint-Denis lands from the top and stands and Miranda is ordered up. Saint-Denis lands a flurry and Miranda goes down and Saint-Denis gets on top and is landing with punches and elbows. Saint-Denis stands and Miranda is ordered up. Saint-Denis lands a flurry and Miranda falls down but is able to survive the round. 10-8 Saint-Denis.
Saint-Denis lands early in the second and drops Miranda again and gets the finish. What a showing from Saint-Denis!
Official Result- Benoit Saint-Denis def. Gabriel Miranda by TKO (punches) at :16 of Round 2
> Lightweights- Fares Ziam (12-4, 2-2 UFC) vs. Michal Figlak (8-0, 0-0 UFC)
Figlak throws a combo right away and they trade kicks. Ziam with a leg kick. They trade in close range. Ziam with a leg kick. Ziam lands a massive left hook and follows it with a jab. Figlak with a knee and they clinch as Figlak is looking for the takedown. Ziam gets a big slam takedown and is in side control. They scramble to their feet. Ziam with a leg kick. They trade before clinching against the fence. They remain tied up as both look for the takedown and Ziam is able to complete one. Figlak looking for an armbar late but Ziam gets out of it before the round ends. 10-9 Ziam.
Ziam lands the jab as Figlak lands a leg kick. They trade in close range and Figlak lands a big left hook. Ziam looks for the takedown against the fence. Ziam gets the takedown and Figlak is looking for the leg but Ziam escapes and gets to the top. Ziam landing from the top but Figlak is able to get to his feet. They clinch against the fence and Ziam lands a knee and they break. Ziam hurts Figlak with an elbow and starts to land as Figlak is in trouble. Figlak tries a takedown but Ziam sprawls and still lands. Figlak is on the mat and Ziam gets on top and lands some more before standing. Ziam gets back on top but ends up standing again. Ziam gets the mount and lands some hammerfists before the round ends. 10-9 Ziam, 20-18 Ziam.
Ziam lands to start the third and both are landing as the pace has slowed a little. Figlak gets a brief takedown. They stand and both are looking for takedowns and Ziam is able to get a big slam takedown. Figlak is able to get to the top and gets the mount and is landing punches. Ziam is able to sweep to the top and is in the half-guard and lands. They stand late. Good fight. 10-9 Ziam, 30-27 Ziam.
Official Result- Fares Ziam def. Michal Figlak by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
> Lightweights- John Makdessi (18-7, 11-7 UFC) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (13-5, 5-4 UFC)
They're feeling each other out early as Makdessi lands a few leg kicks. Haqparast with a left hand. Haqparast with a body kick. Makdessi with a leg kick. Makdessi with a side kick and then some more leg kicks. Haqparast lands a left hand and it's been mostly kicks from Makdessi. They trade again late. Close round. 10-9 Haqparast.
Makdessi lands some leg kicks. Haqparast with the jab and then another. Haqparast with a combo. Makdessi with a high kick. Haqparast with a combo to the body. Haqparast continues to find the jab and Makdessi lands a leg kick. They trade body kicks and Haqparast lands a combo. Haqparast drops Makdessi as he went for a spinning elbow but Makdessi gets to his feet and eats a flurry from Haqparast. Both are still looking to land a big shot but Haqparast is ahead on volume. Makdessi with a leg kick. 10-9 Haqparast, 20-18 Haqparast.
They trade to start the third as Makdessi is mainly landing kicks. They continue to trade and Makdessi is landing mainly kicks. Haqparast lands some combos and is circling around to avoid the kicks of Makdessi. Makdessi with a right hand. They're both circling around and Haqparast is able to score a takedown. They get to their feet and break. Haqparast gets another takedown. 10-9 Haqparast, 30-27 Haqparast.
Official Result- Nasrat Haqparast def. John Makdessi by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
> Middleweights- Abus Magomedov (24-4-1, 0-0 UFC) vs. Dustin Stoltzfus (14-4, 1-3 UFC)
Magomedov landing big shots early after he lands a front kick to the face and he drops Stoltzfus and quickly finishes him off with some ground punches. Impressive showing from Magomedov in his UFC debut.
Official Result- Abus Magomedov def. Dustin Stoltzfus by TKO (strikes) at :19 of Round 1
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> Featherweights- Charles Jourdain (13-5-1, 4-4-1 UFC) vs. Nathaniel Wood (18-5, 5-2 UFC)
They trade to start off until Wood scores a takedown. They scramble to their feet and Jourdain almost grabbed the fence but they separate. Jourdain with a big knee and lands a combo. Jourdain lands a left hand. There was a groin strike and a timeout. Wood lands a right hand that hurts Jourdain after they got back to action but didn't capitalize. They trade and have a brief clinch before breaking. Wood lands a combo and is landing more as the round ends. 10-9 Wood.
They're trading to start start the second and both land pretty evenly. Jourdain with a left hand. Wood gets a takedown and is working from the top but not doing a ton. He is warned to work and they are eventually stood up. Jourdain with some leg kicks and lands a left hand. Jourdain landing more inside the pocket. Both land in close range. Jourdain lands and Wood slips to the mat and Jourdain briefly gets on top then Wood lands an inside trip and then a couple of elbows at the end. Another close round. 10-9 Wood, 20-18 Wood.
Both throwing to start the third but Wood is the one landing more. They tie up and Jourdain with some body shots. Wood with a leg kick as Jourdain lands an uppercut and some body punches. Wood gets a trip takedown and tries to get on top but Jourdain is scrambling. Wood is able to get the back and they scramble and Wood ends up on top before they stand. They're tied up against the fence and Wood lands a couple of elbows before they break. Jourdain lands a kick then Wood gets a takedown. They get up. They tie up against the fence but nothing happens and both land as they break. Wood with a leg kick. Wood with some blows inside the pocket and Jourdain is throwing. Jourdain with a combo then a spin kick. They tie up late and both with body shots and Wood gets a late takedown. Good fight. 10-9 Wood, 30-27 Wood.
Official Result- Nathaniel Wood def. Charles Jourdain by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
> Featherweights- William Gomis (10-2, 0-0 UFC) vs. Jarno Errens (13-3-1, 0-0 UFC)
Errens with two right hands to the body. Gomis lands some body kicks and switches to leg kicks. Gomis gets a takedown and is in side control. Gomis gets into the guard of Errens and lands some punches but there isn't a ton of action happening. They get to their feet and break and Gomis lands some body kicks. 10-9 Gomis.
They trade before a brief clinch then break. Gomis with a body kick. They trade and Errens lands a right hand that hurts Gomis. Gomis tries a takedown as Errens lands a knee. Gomis then scores the takedown. Gomis is working from the top as he pushes it to the fence but they get up. Both are throwing and land. They tie up. Errens with a judo throw takedown but Gomis is able to reverse at the end. 10-9 Gomis, 20-18 Gomis.
They trade to start the third and both are landing punches. They tie up against the fence and both land to the body and Gomis gets a takedown. Gomis landing from the top. Gomis landing to the body and then lands some elbows as Errens is doing little from the bottom. Errens now goes or a triangle choke and has it in deep. Gomis is fighting but Errens has the arm as well. Gomis is fighting it and is able to escape and he gets back to side control as the fight ends. 10-9 Gomis, 30-27 Gomis.
Official Result- William Gomis def. Jarno Errens by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-29)
> Middleweights- Alessio Di Chirico (13-6, 4-6 UFC) vs. Roman Kopylov (8-2, 0-2 UFC)
Di Chirico lands a leg kick. Kopylov with a hook then some leg kicks. Di Chirico with a combo. Di Chirico with a right hand. They trade leg kicks. Kopylov landing slightly more here but not a ton of action. Kopylov lands an elbow and Di Chirico stumbles back. Kopylov with a flying knee. 10-9 Kopylov.
Di Chirico lands a right hand. Kopylov with a left hand. Di Chirico goes for a takedown but Kopylov defends. Di Chirico lands a couple of right hands. Di Chirico shoots for a takedown against the fence but Kopylov is defending. They break. Kopylov with a body kick. Kopylov lands and throws Di Chirico to the mat but Di Chirico gets up. They trade and both are landing some good shots. Di Chirico misses a spinning back fist. Both looking tired. Close round. 10-9 Kopylov, 20-18 Kopylov.
Kopylov lands a nice left hand. Kopylov lands a body kick. Kopylov then lands a big combination that drops Di Chirico face first to the mat and it is over. What a finish by Kopylov!
Official Result- Roman Kopylov def. Alessio Di Chirico by knockout (punches) at 1:09 of Round 3
> Middleweights- #12 Nassourdine Imavov (11-3, 3-1 UFC) vs. Joaquin Buckley (15-4, 5-2 UFC)
Buckley lands some body and leg kicks early on. Imavov looks to attack and they clinch but break. Buckley lands a combo. Imavov lands a couple of kicks. Buckley lands a combo. Both are throwing a lot but neither landing at a high percentage. Buckley with a hard leg kick. Buckley goes for a takedown but Imavov gets on top and in the mount and lands before taking the back and lands as time runs out on the round. 10-9 Imavov.
Both are throwing and Imavov is using his reach and range to keep Buckley from landing. Imavov gets warned for fighting with his fingers out forward after there's an eye poke on Buckley. They get back to action and Buckley with a left hand. Imavov lands a right hand as Buckley comes forward. Imavov gets a takedown and has the back and the body triangle in. He's looking for a choke but doesn't have it under the chin. Imavov still working for it as he's squeezing. Imavov with some punches and slaps as time runs out on the round. 10-9 Imavov, 20-18 Imavov.
Buckley with some leg kicks to start the third. Buckley lands a flurry of punches before Imavov grabs the body lock and gets a takedown but they end up getting up. Buckley lands some punches. They clinch after Buckley lands some shots and Imavov pushes it against the fence. They break and Buckley with some body shots and then lands a combo to the head. Imavov shoots for a takedown but Buckley sprawls and lands a knee as they get up. Buckley with another flurry as the fight ends. Good fight. 10-9 Buckley, 29-28 Imavov.
Official Result- Nassourdine Imavov def. Joaquin Buckley by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
> Middleweights- #1 Robert Whittaker (23-6, 14-4 UFC) vs. #2 Marvin Vettori (18-4-1, 8-3-1 UFC)
Whittaker landing punches and leg kicks early on as he's out-landing Vettori in the opening minute. Whittaker finding a home for the jab. Vettori lands a flurry. Vettori tries for a takedown against the fence but Whittaker defends. Whittaker with some jabs after they break. Vettori lands a body kick as Whittaker lands a right hand. Vettori lands a knee. 10-9 Whittaker.
Whittaker lands some leg kicks to start the second. He lands a right hand and they clinch for a moment before breaking. Vettori tries for a combo but just a little out of range. Whittaker with a leg kick. Whittaker with a body kick. Vettori lands an inside leg kick. Whittaker starting to land more and opening up more as the second wears on. He lands a right hand as Vettori misses his punches. Whittaker with a side kick. They trade leg kicks. 10-9 Whittaker, 20-18 Whittaker.
Whittaker with some leg kicks. Whittaker lands a left hook as Vettori was throwing a high kick. Vettori with a left hand. Whittaker with a head kick and Vettori wobbles but is able to stay on his feet. Whittaker with a knee to the head of Vettori. Whittaker with a right hand and then lands another. Vettori tries a takedown but Whittaker defends and they break. Whittaker with a right hand. Whittaker with a high kick. Whittaker gets a takedown. They get to their feet. Whittaker with a high kick. They trade punches and Vettori is cut open. Good fight. 10-9 Whittaker, 30-27 Whittaker.
Official Result- Robert Whittaker def. Marvin Vettori by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
> Heavyweights- #1 Ciryl Gane (10-1, 7-1 UFC) vs. #3 Tai Tuivasa (15-3, 8-3 UFC)
Gane with early leg kicks. Gane with a body kick. Tuivasa just misses a leg kick. Gane with a leg kick. Tuivasa lands a right hand. Tuivasa with a body kick. Gane with a leg kick. Gane with a hard body kick. Tuivasa is cutting off the cage but can't find an opening to land. Gane lands a head kick and Tuivasa with a right hand. 10-9 Gane.
Gane with an inside leg kick. Gane throwing the jab. They trade leg kicks. Both looking for openings. Tuivasa lands a right hand and Gane goes down with his head hitting the fence but he's able to get up but is still on wobbly legs. Tuivasa lands then Gane lands a lot of body kicks and a knee to the body and Tuivasa is hurt. Tuivasa then lands a left hook that hurts Gane. Gane with the jab and Tuivasa is bloody. Gane with a knee to the body. Gane with the jab. What a round. 10-9 Gane, 20-18 Gane.
They trade leg kicks early on. Gane looking to land the jab. Gane with a body kick. Gane with another body kick. He lands again and Gane with a jab. Gane with a head kick and Tuivasa faked he was hurt to get Gane to throw and Gane lands some shots. Gane with the jab. Gane lands some jabs. Tuivasa with a right hand. Gane lands some right hands. Gane with some body kicks then lands a jab. Gane lands some big shots and Tuivasa is hurt and he keeps landing and Tuivasa goes to the mat and the fight is stopped. Big finish for Gane as the crowd goes crazy. What a fight.
Official Result- Ciryl Gane def. Tai Tuivasa by knockout (punches) at 4:23 of Round 3