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UFC Fight Night 209 bonuses: Ciryl Gane, Tai Tuivasa thriller tabbed 'Fight of the Night'

The fights and performances that warranted an extra $50,000 at Saturday's event in Paris, France.

Fight of the Night: Ciryl Gane vs. Tai Tuivasa


On an incredible night in Paris, the heavyweight headliners saved the best for last. Ciryl Gane (11-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and Tai Tuivasa (15-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) put on an absolute show which had the entire Accor Arena losing their minds.

In the second-round things went from calculated to insane as Tuivasa connected on a haymaker that dropped Gane to the canvas, and as "Bam Bam" followed up Gane was able to get to his feet, shake off the cobwebs, and then turn the tide with a massive body kicks. The strikes had Tuivasa hurt badly and put the entire arena in a frenzy. Somehow both fighters survived the second frame and moved on to the third.

That's where Gane would eventually force Tuivasa to crumble as he went back to the body kicks before connecting with devastating punches to put an end to the most memorable night in French MMA. It was simply a beautiful night that ended in incredible fashion.

Performance of the Night: Benoit Saint-Denis


Lightweights Benoît Saint-Denis (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Gabriel Miranda brought the heat, with both fighters swinging for the fences from the opening bell.

But tonight, was for the French and Saint-Denis would not be denied. He was able to land huge shots to close out the first and fold Miranda quickly to start off the second. The performance got the entire crowd screaming and cheering for the former French Special Forces officer.

Performance of the Night: Abus Magomedov


It took 19 seconds for middleweight newcomer Abus Magomedov (25-4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) to announce his presence to UFC fans. Magomedov hit UFC Paris opponent Dustin Stoltzfus with a perfect front kick to the face and then followed up with powerful strikes that put Stoltzfus out.

It was a flawless start to Magomedov's UFC career, and he's definitely someone that folks need to keep their eyes on.

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