Ciryl Gane has always been a humble fighter, but Tai Tuivasa had his bad moments. The two are headlining the UFC fight night in Paris, and the UFC press conference will probably be entertaining thanks to Tai’s very original trash talk ideas. One way or another, the UFC on ESPN+ 67 full fight card is going to banger. We’ve got a technical virtuoso against a guy who knocked out the most powerful striker in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Pre-Fight Statements Of Ciryl Gane And Tai Tuivasa
Ciryl Gane recently took part in an interview with the MMA Underground, where he discussed “multiple ways” to finish Tai Tuivasa in their bout. He believes everything could happen in an Octagon war, but his ultimate goal is to push the pace against the Aussie kickboxer.
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“You can expect a ‘Bon Gamin' style, like with the footwork. I'm in the good shape and I want to learn a lot, I want to make the pressure. So you can expect everything, KO, TKO, submission, everything is possible with me.”
Tai Tuivasa Doesn’t Look Too Scared
On the other hand, the Aussie kickboxer didn’t talk much about the fight tactics. Tuivasa has a lot of respect for Gane, but he’s focused on himself and his victory at the moment. He’s coming for a big win.
“He (Ciryl Gane)’s a great fighter, he’s a great athlete, he ticks all the boxes, he’s very good; but I just worry about myself man, I go there and I fight. He’s got something to worry about too so I think that’s the greatest thing about fighting it can be whatever it wants to be on paper. You have to get in there and fight so I am definitively looking forward to it.
“Definitively, I’ve got a point to prove and I want to shut a few people up, so I’m coming to fight, I am better. I always come to fight.”
Where To Watch UFC Fight Night Press Conference?
You were able to watch Ciryl Gane vs Tai Tuivasa’s press conference on the official MMA Junkie YouTube channel. It took place on Thursday.
UFC On ESPN+ 67 Press Conference Highlights
The UFC debutant William Gomis looks more than convinced that he’s a better fighter than his Dutch opponent Jarno Errens.
Another French competitor, Benoit St-Denis, didn’t discuss his upcoming fight with Gabriel Miranda. He looked pretty calm and said he hoped that “UFC Paris is going to be as big as UFC London”. Fares Ziam sees “a big knockout coming” in the match against Michal Figlak.
As expected, Nassourdine Imavov didn’t try to trash-talk his opponent. He looked pretty much neutral at the presser, and said his fight versus Joaquin Buckley “probably wouldn’t go the distance”. Joaquin Buckley knows he’s a massive underdog heading into the battle with the dangerous French grappler and combo master, but he is inspired by Leon Edwards. “You’ve always got a chance”, said Buckley, the owner of one of the most legendary knockouts in the history of this sport. Look at the legendary moment when he floored Impa Kasanganay despite his opponent catching his left leg!
One of the most 𝐒𝐏𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐀𝐂𝐔𝐋𝐀𝐑 knockouts this sport has ever seen 🤯
— UFC (@ufc) September 1, 2022
As a master of long wars and Fight of the Night bonuses, Charles Jourdain believes he’s going to break his British opponent Nathaniel Wood mentally. On the other hand, Wood recently moved to bantamweight, so the press was focused on his featherweight performance. Wood said that he felt good at 145, but he wasn’t planning on closing the 135-pound door.
Main And Co-Main Event
Marvin Vettori believes he’s “on his way up, while Whittaker is not”. The former 185-pound division king Robert Whittaker thinks he’s “going to be too much” for the Italian competitor and potential strap contender. Oh, Whittaker was also granted on this presser for 50 clean USADA tests, the guy is a real pro!
As expected, Ciryl Gane was playing mental warfare. He said that “he has plans for Tai Tuivasa’s big pressure strategy”. On the other hand, Tai Tuivasa wasted all of his fight-related weapons before this presser, so he focused on the former UFC 205-pound champ Jon Jones with the sentence “I’d like to knock his head off”.
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