Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is returning to Paris, France, on Sept. 2, 2023, almost one year to the day since their first event in the country’s capitol.
Could this become a yearly tradition?
The original UFC Paris went down Sept. 3, 2022, inside Accor Arena, featuring a main event between local Heavyweight contender, Ciryl Gane, and Tai Tuivasa. Gane got the home crowd roaring with excitement when he knocked out Tuivasa in the third round (watch it). Robert Whittaker defeated Marvin Vettori via decision in the co-main, while French fighters Benoit Saint-Denis, Fares Ziam and William Gomis all picked up wins.
While no fights have been announced yet for UFC Paris 2023, we have a feeling Gane could once again fight in France. We haven’t seen “Bon Gamin” since a disappointing first round loss to Jon Jones back in March.
Another fighter we’re sure UFC would like to place on the international card is women’s contender, Manon Fiorot. She is undefeated (5-0) in UFC, but hasn’t fought since a Nov. 2022 win over Katlyn Chookagian. As the No. 2-ranked fighter at 125 pounds, could we see her fight new champion Alexa Grasso for the belt?
A fight against Rose Namajunas would also sit pretty well atop the card.
Take a look at UFC’s announcement below:
Those who want to get tickets to see this event have a little time to prepare. UFC has revealed that tickets will go on general sale Fri., June 23, 2023, at 10 a.m. CST. Fight Club members get the first crack at seats two days earlier on Weds., June 21, 2023, and those who register on UFC’s website can hit up a presale on Thurs., June 22, 2023.
Last year’s UFC Paris event sold out fast and had more than 15,000 people in attendance, so we expect another mad rush for tickets as UFC’s push into Europe continues.