UFC Paris Prelims Predictions, Odds and Results: Gane vs Tuivasa

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UFC Paris Prelims Predictions, Odds and Results: Gane vs Tuivasa

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Bienvenue! The UFC arrives in France for the first time in the company’s history. After a series of political spats, MMA is no longer considered a barbaric past-time for criminals, and the garlic eaters have widely embraced fistic justice. UFC Paris Prelims are a little rough around the edges, yet a string of cancellations and rescheduled bouts offer some sort of justification.

A featured prelim between Dustin Stoltzfus and Abusupiyan Magomedov could stink the Accor Arena out. Beforehand, an intriguing Middleweight striking match-up awaits. Can the lengthy, technical aficionado, Nassourdine Imavov, deal with the scary explosive power of Joaquin Buckley?

Where/When is UFC Paris taking place:
September 3, 2022. Accor Arena. Paris, France.

What time does UFC Paris start:
🇬🇧 UK: 5pm / 🇺🇸 US ET: 12am

What channel is UFC Paris on:
🇬🇧 UK: BT Sports / 🇺🇸 US: ESPN+

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UFC Paris Prelims Picks & Odds

UFC Paris Prelims
Fights & Odds
WinnerMethodRound
Dustin Stoltzfus (+230)
Abusupiyan Magomedov (-275)
MagomedovDecision/
Fares Ziam (+165)
Michal Figlak (-195)
ZiamDecision/
Nassourdine Imavov (-255)
Joaquin Buckley (+215)
ImavovTKO3
Benoit Saint-Denis (-285)
Gabriel Miranda (+240)
Saint-DenisSubmission1
Khalid Taha (-120)
Cristain Quiñonez (+100)
TahaTKO2
Ailin Perez (+220)
Stephanie Egger (-260)
EggerSubmission1
Odds are based on BestFightOdds.com. All odds of 1 September 2022.

UFC Paris: Preliminary Card

Dustin Stoltzfus vs Abusupiyan Magomedov

Middleweight (185)

Dustin Stoltzfus (14-4)

A bit of everything, Stoltzfus is well-rounded in every area of the fight game. The German is visibly slow, especially on the feet against the elderly Gerald Meerschaert. Stoltzfus won’t be granted the time and freedom to find his offence as he did against the uber-patient Dwight Grant.

Abusupiyan Magomedov (24-4-1)

Debutant, Magomedov, is a confident fighter who will regularly land the first shot against Stoltzfus. Magomedov is slow on the feet for a Middleweight, yet in comparison to Stoltzfus, he is lightning quick. Considering Magomedov’s imposing size, wealth of experience and strong wrestling base, we should witness a debut victory for Abusupiyan.

Predicted Result: Magomedov Decision

Magomedov is slow on the feet for a Middleweight, yet in comparison to Stoltzfus, he is lightning quick. Considering Magomedov’s imposing size, wealth of experience and strong wrestling base, we should witness a debut victory for Abusupiyan. Stoltzfus is well-rounded in all areas of the fight game, however, and should prove a resilient nuisance throughout.

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Fares Ziam vs Michal Figlak

Lightweight (155)

Fares Ziam (12-4)

A solid, lengthy kickboxer who can happily plug away behind his functional, disciplined combinations. Figlak leans heavily on his boxing, presenting an interesting dynamic as Ziam can use his long levers to keep Figlak on the outside. There is a strong possibility that Ziam snipes Figlak throughout the three rounds with sniping single shots, preventing Figlak from making his way inside.

Michal Figlak (8-0)

Undefeated Pole, Michal Figlak, may find that he lacks the necessary wrestling game to scrape through awkward bouts. There is a level of power that could punish Ziam on the rare occurrence that Figlak sneaks his way inside the Frenchman’s reach, but it isn’t ‘one-shot’ proven quality. Figlak’s higher volume and tempo could swing the judges, but Ziam feels safer to back with cleaner, less risky work on the outside.

Predicted Result: Ziam Decision

Figlak leans heavily on his boxing and will face an uphill battle working his way inside Ziam’s length. The undefeated Pole carries a level of power that could punish Ziam on the rare occurrence that Figlak sneaks inside, but it isn’t ‘one-shot’ proven quality. Figlak’s higher volume and tempo could swing the judges, but Ziam feels safer to back with cleaner, less risky work on the outside.

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Nassourdine Imavov vs Joaquin Buckley

Middleweight (185)

Nassourdine Imavov (11-3)

After a brutal, bloody crucifix beatdown over fallen star boy, Edmen Shahbazyan, Nassourdine Imavov finally returns after a year out of the octagon. The Russian Sniper has tapped into length perfectly in his last two outings, tapping into a source of power that was not seen previously. Greater confidence, excellent shot selection in the pocket and a solid grappler all add to Imavov’s rising stock.

Joaquin Buckley (15-4)

One of the most explosive strikers on the roster, Buckley is a physical beast that will put bums on seats. There are regular technical inconsistencies – of particular note, is his penchant for eating head kicks. Buckley may struggle to pin Imavov on the inside, owing to Buckley’s leaky TDD and Imavov’s shrewd decision-making. Considering Buckley’s flailing gas tank late and predictable striking patterns, Imavov has to be favoured to eventually crack New Mansa.

Predicted Result: Imavov TKO Round 3

One of the most explosive strikers on the roster, Buckley is a physical beast plagued with technical flaws- of particular note, is his penchant for eating head kicks. Buckley may struggle to pin Imavov on the inside, owing to Buckley’s leaky TDD and Imavov’s shrewd decision-making. Considering Buckley’s flailing gas tank late and predictable striking patterns, Imavov has to be favoured to eventually crack New Mansa.

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Benoit Saint-Denis vs Gabriel Miranda

Lightweight (155)

Benoit Saint-Denis (9-1)

Mr Durable, Benoit Saint-Denis finds himself in a very winnable match-up. The Frenchman can endure insane punishment in his pursuit of relentless takedowns and speculative submissions. Against Miranda, however, Saint-Denis will find a rare striking advantage over a foe

Gabriel Miranda (16-5)

The Brazilian lacks the physical gifts to match Saint-Denis in any area of the fight. On the feet, Miranda cannot crack Saint-Denis’ chin nor consistently out-strike. There is more of a toss-up on the mat as both men are willing to throw caution to the wind in pursuit of a sub, but the Frenchman is cleaner and far more mentally sound.

Predicted Result: Saint-Denis Submission Round 1

Mr Durable, Benoit Saint-Denis finds himself in a very winnable match-up. On the feet, Miranda cannot crack Saint-Denis’ chin nor consistently out-strike. There is more of a toss-up on the mat as both men are willing to throw caution to the wind in pursuit of a sub, but the Frenchman is cleaner in all areas.

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Khalid Taha vs Cristian Quiñonez

Bantamweight (135)

Khalid Taha (13-4)

A big ol’ fridge at Bantamweight, Taha is yet to find his preferred game. There are constant stance switches on the feet, but the movement doesn’t translate to his head – firmly sitting on the centre-line. Against a rangey, accurate striker in Quiñonez, a peppering could be on the cards. Taha is comfortable on the inside as a voluminous pocket puncher, relying on his stellar chin, and could out-tough Quiñonez if locked into an ugly fight up close.

Cristian Quiñonez (16-3)

DWCS winner, Cristian Quiñonez, has all the tools to beat Taha. Unfortunately, Quiñonez likely lacks the sound decision-making to keep the fight on the outside. We are likely to see a battle on the inside, with Taha’s superior durability and comfort in the pocket eventually finding the button.

Predicted Result: Taha TKO Round 2

DWCS winner, Cristian Quiñonez, has all the tools to beat Taha. Quiñonez’s range and accuracy could pepper Taha’s head which sits firmly on the centreline. Unfortunately, Quiñonez likely lacks the sound decision-making to keep the fight on the outside. We are likely to see a battle on the inside, with Taha’s superior durability and comfort in the pocket eventually finding the button.

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Ailin Perez vs Stephanie Egger

Women’s Featherweight (145)

Ailin Perez (7-1)

Our final debutant for the UFC Paris card, Ailin Perez is up against the wall. A physical bully, Perez will find herself vastly undersized against Stephanie Egger. The Swiss fighter is an armbar merchant, yet size truly matters at this lowly level. If Egger, for some reason, cannot take Perez down – the Argentinian is a far sharper, explosive striker.

Stephanie Egger (7-3)

Egger’s pressure and physical advantages will prove enough to bowl over Perez. It won’t be pretty, but Egger’s confidence in her chin will see her walk down the undersized Perez and bully the Argentinian debutant. The armbar merchant will seize yet another underwhelming highlight reel.

Predicted Result: Egger Submission Round 1

Egger’s pressure and physical advantages will prove enough to bowl over Perez. It won’t be pretty, but Egger’s confidence in her chin will see her walk down the undersized Perez and bully the Argentinian debutant. The armbar merchant will seize yet another underwhelming highlight reel.

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