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Ciryl Gane not backing down from Tai Tuivasa: 'You can expect a big war' at UFC Fight Night 209

'Bon Gamin' excited to headline the UFC's first event in his native France and promises to put on a show against the hard-hitting 'Bam Bam.'

Fighting on his home soil in the headlining bout of the UFC's debut event in Paris, Ciryl Gane said he's not feeling any sort of added pressure going into his matchup with Tai Tuivasa.

Sure, Gane (10-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) wants to put on a great show for the French fans, but when you're facing someone like Tuivasa (15-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC), the probability for entertainment is awfully high.

"He is a dangerous opponent," Gane said of Tuivasa when speaking to MMA Underground. "He is a really dangerous opponent. Very tough. Really kind. He's a good guy, really dangerous, and I think he's very happy to be there also in Paris. I think he's really happy, and I think you can expect a big war."

Gane and Tuivasa headlines Saturday's UFC Fight Night 209 event, which streams live in its entirety on ESPN+ from Accor Arena. It's a big fight in the division, with former interim heavyweight champion Gane still ranked No. 1 in the promotion's official rankings, and Gane just behind at No. 3. 

It's not a clear No. 1 contender fight, considering big names like Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones are also making their call for a shot at reigning champ Francis Ngannou, but the winner of the matchup will certainly find themselves in an enviable position. With Tuivasa riding a streak of five consecutive knockout wins, "Bam Bam" has a clear path to victory. Meanwhile, Gane seems to be the more well-rounded fighter but needs to rebound from a January loss to the current champ.

Ngannou isn't precisely sure how things will play out in the cage, but he understands the importance of what's at hand.

"I don't know exactly my friend," Gane said with a laugh. "I'm so sorry. I don't know exactly, but you can expect the 'Bon Gamin' style, like with the footwork. I'm in good shape and I want to land a lot. I want to make the pressure, so you can expect everything: KO, TKO, submission – everything is possible with me."

To see the full interview with Gane, check out the video above.