UFC Paris took place last night (Saturday, September 3, 2022) at the Accor Arena in Paris, France, with a heavyweight slugfest that saw Ciryl Gane stop Tai Tuivasa in the third round via strikes (review here ). In the co-main event, Robert Whittaker defeated Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision (highlights).
Winner: Ciryl Gane
Who he should face next: Curtis Blayde
Blaydes always seems like the odd man out when it comes to legitimate title contenders, but the man has won three straight and is 7-1 in his last eight fights inside the Octagon. . Ranked No. 4 at the moment, Blaydes could seemingly be one win away from a title shot, and if Gane wants to hand in his ticket to the big dance, he needs to get at least one more big win, and “Razor” corresponds to the invoice. The 265-pound division is a bit of a mess following Francis Ngannou’s injury and Jon Jones’ impending debut, so Gane needs to stay busy to keep his place in the pecking order. Granted, Blaydes may not be high on Gane’s wishlist, but this fight could go either way.
Winner: Robert Whittaker
Who he should face next: Paolo Costa
While Whittaker would love nothing more than another title shot, it will be hard to find whether Israel Adesanya beats Alex Pereira in a few months since ‘The Last Stylebender’ already has two wins over ‘The Reaper’. That’s why Whittaker should 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 is coming off a big win over Luke Rockhold and he too wants another shot at the division strap. The winner comes one step closer here.
Winner: Nassurdin Imavov
Who he should face next: André Muniz
After picking up his third straight win over a very resilient Joaquin Buckley, Imavov can expect to move up a few spots and possibly crack the Top 10. A fight against Muniz seems fitting as he is on a five-fight winning streak at the interior of the Octagon, new overall. Once the new rankings arrive next week, Imavov and Muniz will be closer to each other, so the fight makes sense in that regard. Also, both men are pointing up, so there will be a lot at stake if this fight comes to fruition.
Winner: Roman Kopylov
Who he should face next: Gerald Meerschaert
Kopylov returned to the win column with a huge knockout victory over Alessio Di Chirico, stopping the bleeding of his two-fight losing streak. A fight against Meerschaert could be essential since he too has just won a victory by beating Bruno Silva a little less than a month ago. Both men have a ways to go before they can start sniffing out the Top 15, so slowly moving away is the way forward for both men.
Winner: Guillaume Gomis
Who he should face next: Bill Algeo
Gomis made a successful UFC debut, earning a majority decision victory over Jarno Errens and extending his winning streak to nine since 2016. Barely early in his UFC career, I smell a fight against Algeo next. Algeo is currently on a two-fight winning streak and is 3-2 so far in the Octagon. Gomis might have the tools to be a legitimate contender in a few years at Featherweight, but he’ll have a long and grueling road to get there.
Winner: Nathaniel Wood
Who he should face next: Alex Caceres
Wood picked up his second straight win, beating Charles Jourdain by unanimous decision and improving his record to 6-2 inside the Octagon. I feel a fight against Caceres next for “The Prospect”. Caceres is coming off a tough loss to Sodiq Yussuf which ended their five-game winning streak. Wood is on the rise and Caceres barely cracked the Top 15, so it’s a good match between two talented young individuals who have plenty of time and room to grow. A win is important for both men here, allowing them to step up into a very congested 145-pound weight class.
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