The UFC is headed to Paris for the first time in the promotion’s history. And while getting the fight card filled out took some doing, with a lot of cancelled bookings along the way, they’re bringing a pretty solid Fight Night offering for their debut event. Ciryl Gane will take on Tai Tuivasa in a heavyweight top-contender’s bout for the main event, with Robert Whittaker facing Marvin Vettori in a rock solid middleweight co-main. Throw in a killer featherweight booking between Charles Jourdain and Nathaniel Wood and fans should get plenty of action.
For those interested in diving deeper into the undercard, check out the Prelims Vivi below.
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Here’s a look at the UFC Paris fight card as it stood at the time of recording:
ESPN+ MAIN CARD | 3pm/12pm ET&PT
Ciryl Gane vs. Tai Tuivasa — At 4:50, Odds 16:44, Picks, Both: Gane
Robert Whittaker vs. Marvin Vettori — At 17:03, Odds 29:35, Picks, Both: Whittaker
Alessio Di Chirico vs. Roman Kopylov — At 30:29, Odds 39:04, Picks, Zane: Kopylov, Connor: Di Chirico
John Makdessi vs. Nasrat Haqparast — At 39:16, Odds 49:40, Picks, Both: Makdessi
William Gomis vs. Jarno Errens — At 50:54, Odds 1:00:11, Picks, Both: Gomis
Charles Jourdain vs. Nathaniel Wood — At 1:00:59, Odds 1:10:03, Picks, Zane: Wood, Connor: Jourdain
ESPN+ PRELIMS | 12pm/9am ET&PT
Abusupiyan Magomedov vs. Dustin Stoltzfus — At 1:03, Odds 8:43, Picks, Both: Magomedov
Fares Ziam vs. Michal Figlak — At 9:11, Odds 17:45, Picks, Both: Ziam
Nassourdine Imavov vs. Joaquin Buckley — At 21:25, Odds 29:26, Picks, Both: Imavov
Benoit Saint-Denis vs. Gabriel Miranda — At 29:41, Odds 33:26, Picks, Both: Saint-Denis
Khalid Taha vs. Cristian Quiñonez — At 33:45, Odds 40:55, Picks, Zane: Quiñonez, Connor: Taha
Stephanie Egger vs. Ailin Perez — At 41:09, Odds 47:27, Picks, Both: Egger
For those of you following the picks made on the show, we started tracking them with the July 13th, 2020 Vivisection shows for UFC Fight Island 1: ‘Kattar vs. Ige’. So far, here are the overall standings:
- Zane went 9/12 for 75%, while Connor also went 9/12 for 75% for our last event, UFC 278: Usman vs. Edwards 2.
- Zane is now at 703/1089 for 64.5% and Connor is now at 663/1089 for 60.9% overall from UFC Fight Island 1 through UFC 277.
- Zane is at 234/352 for 66.5% and Connor is at 221/352 for 62.8% so far for 2022.
- Zane went 305/493 for 62% and Connor went 285/493 for 58% for 2021.
Zane went 164/244 for 67% and Connor went 157/244 for 64% for July-Dec 2020.
Reference: Vivi Picks Stats_9.1.22.pdf
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