UFC Fight Night Paris: Gane vs Tuivasa - Prelims Odds, Predictions, Picks
- UFC makes its French debut in Paris
- Local fighter Benoit Saint-Denis is the biggest favourite on the prelims at -295
- Magomedov vs Stolzfus to top the prelims
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Abusupiyan Magomedov vs Dustin Stoltzfus – Middleweight Division
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|Abusupiyan “Abus” Magomedov||TALE OF THE TAPE||Dustin Stolzfus|
|6‘2“ (188cm)||Height||6‘0“ (183cm)|
|78.0” (198cm)||Reach||75.0” (191cm)|
|UFD Gym||Team||Frankers Fight Team|
|2 Wins||Current Streak||1 Win|
Abusupiyan Magomedov made his MMA debut back in 2010 and has recently had a fruitful stint in PFL before more recently winning his KSW debut via second round guillotine choke.
Magomedov has faced tough opposition throughout his career but has never fought on the big stage before and makes his UFC debut in the first ever UFC event in France.
Magomedov was originally booked to face Makhmud Muradov at this event but after he pulled out, Dustin Stolzfus stepped up to take the fight.
Dustin Stoltzfus earned his way into the UFC with a first round slam KO over Joseph Pypher on the contender series back in 2020.
Kyle Daukaus handed him a unanimous decision defeat in his debut fight, which would be followed by a pair of rear naked choke losses to Rodolfo Vieira and Gerald Meerschaert consecutively.
However in his most recent UFC outing, Dustin Stolzfus earned a unanimous decision win over Dwight Grant, finally putting an end to his three fight losing streak.
Abusupiyan Magomedov to win via KO/TKO/DQ in round one (+350)
Fares Ziam vs Michal Figlak – Lightweight Division
|Farez “Smile Killer” Ziam||TALE OF THE TAPE||Michal “Mad Dog” Figlak|
|6‘1“ (185cm)||Height||5‘10“ (178cm)|
|Icon||Team||Trojan Free Fighters|
|1 Loss||Current Streak||10 Wins|
Fares Ziam first started off his career fighting on the french regional scene before finally making his UFC debut vs Don Madge in 2019, a fight which he lost via unanimous decision.
After his debut “Smile Killer” would go on to put together a two fight winning streak with a pair of decision victories over Jamie Mularkey and Luigi Venramini.
Ziam lost his most recent fight vs Terrence McKinney via rear naked choke in the opening round of the bout.
Michal “Mad Dog” Figlak went 10-2 in his amateur career which began in 2013 and ended in 2017 when he decided to make the step up to pro competition.
“Mad Dog” is 8-0 so far and makes his UFC debut in this fight after defeating six opponents in a row at Cage Warriors in the United Kingdom.
Michal Figlak to win via KO/TKO/DQ in round two (+1400)
Nassourdine Imavov vs Joaquin Buckley – Middleweight Division
|Nassourdine “Russian Sniper” Imavov||TALE OF THE TAPE||Joaquin “New Mansa” Buckley|
|6‘3“ (191cm)||Height||5‘10“ (178cm)|
|75.0” (191cm)||Reach||76.0” (193cm)|
|MMA Factory||Team||Finney’s Hit Squad|
|2 Wins||Current Streak||3 Wins|
Nassourdine Imavov started fighting in 2016 and had most of his fights in Europe including countries such as France, Malta and Poland.
He started off his five fight winning streak with a first round TKO over Gary Formosa at Centurion Fight Championship 2 before impressing the UFC brass and earning himself a contract to fight on the world’s biggest stage.
He defeated Jordan Williams via unanimous decision in his UFC debut before suffering his first and so far only defeat in the UFC via majority decision to Phil Hawes.
Imavov currently finds himself on a two fight finishing streak with a second round ground n’ pound TKO over Ian Heinisch followed by another second round TKO victory over Edmen Shahbazyan with vicious elbows from the crucifix position.
Joaquin “New Mansa” Buckley has been entertaining UFC fans ever since his debut vs Kevin Holland, in a fight which he ultimately lost via KO in the third round.
Buckley sent shockwaves through social media in his next fight when he knocked out Impa Kasanganay with a jump spinning back kick in the second round of their bout on fight island.
Buckley currently finds himself on a three fight winning streak including a third round knockout over Antonio Arroyo, followed by a split decision win over Abdul Razak Alhassan and a second round doctor’s stoppage victory over former training partner Albert Duraev.
Joaquin Buckley to win via KO/TKO/DQ in round two (+1200)
Benoit Saint-Denis vs Gabriel Miranda – Lightweight Division
|Benoit “God of war” Saint-Denis||TALE OF THE TAPE||Gabriel “Fly” Miranda|
|5‘11“ (180cm)||Height||5‘11“ (180cm)|
|Woirin Team Elite||Team||MMA Masters|
|1 Win||Current Streak||3 Wins|
Benoit Saint-Denis brought an eight fight winning streak into his UFC debut with most of those fights taking place vs seasoned opponents at Brave CF.
Saint-Denis faced Elizeu Zaleski in his first UFC fight at UFC 267 but lost the bout via unanimous decision.
In his second and most recent fight, Saint-Denis faced Niklas Stolze and defeated him via rear naked choke submission in the second round.
Gabriel “Fly” Miranda is making his own UFc debut in this fight and has spent the entirety of his career competing in his home country of Brazil.
Miranda did not have an amateur career and has been in pro MMA fighting since 2012, with seven submissions and two knockouts to his name.
Benoit Saint-Denis to win via KO/TKO/DQ in round one (+350)
Khalid Taha vs Cristian Quinonez – Bantamweight Division
|Khalid “The Warrior” Taha||TALE OF THE TAPE||Cristian “Problema” Quinonez|
|5‘5“ (165cm)||Height||5‘7“ (170cm)|
|69.0” (175cm)||Reach||70.0” (178cm)|
|Arena Dortmund||Team||Delinquentes MMA|
|2 Losses||Current Streak||4 Wins|
Khalid Taha fought around the world before signing with the UFC, including stints with Japanese promotion Rizin and a fight at Brace CF.
Taha has so far gone 1-3 in the UFC, losing three fights via unanimous decision to Nad Narimani, Raoni Barcelos and Sergey Morozov with his only win coming by way of first round KO over Boston Salmon.
Cristian “Problema” Qunionez put together a record of 15-3 and fought all over South America before getting an invite to the contender series.
He defeated Long Xiao via unanimous decision on the show and now faces Khalid Taha in his UFC debut.
Cristian Quinonez to win via unanimous decision (+220)
Stephaine Egger vs Ailin Perez – Women’s Featherweight Division
|Stephanie Egger||TALE OF THE TAPE||Ailin “Fiona” Perez|
|5‘6“ (168cm)||Height||5‘5“ (165cm)|
|68.0” (173cm)||Reach||65.7” (167cm)|
|Buddy Gym||Team||Kaeshi Team|
|1 Win||Current Streak||2 Wins|
Stephanie Egger has had a mixed bag of results ever since joining the UFC back in 2020, going 2-2 in the promotion so far.
Egger finished both of her wins over Shanna Young (via second round TKO) and Jessica-Rose Clark (via first round armbar submission) and lost her UFC debut via unanimous decision to Tracy Cortez.
In her most recent fight, Egger lost via first round armbar to Mayra Bueno Silva in a fight which ended in some controversy.
Ailin Perez ignited her mixed martial arts career in her home country of Argentina before traveling around South America to advance her career.
She has so far put together a record of 7-1 but will be up against her toughest opponent to date in this, her UFC debut.
Ailin Perez to win via KO/TKO/DQ in round one (+1300)
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|UFC Fight Night Paris Information|
|Event||UFC Fight Night Paris: Gane vs Tuivasa|
|Location||Accor Arena, Paris, France|
|Date / Time||Saturday 3rd September 2022 – 12:00 ET|
|How to watch||ESPN, ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass|
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