After receiving a head kick, Israel Adesanya thinks Tai Tuivasa “played possum” to draw Ciryl Gane in.


Israel Adesanya, the middleweight champion of the UFC, was moved by Tai Tuivasa’s performance against Ciryl Gane in the main event.

The heavyweight champion from Australia used some cunning in the third round when he faked being unsteady with a head kick to entice his rival to approach. Gane attempted to close the gap, but Tuivasa swung with an overhand right that might have ended the fight.

Tai Tuivasa’s strategy was undoubtedly effective, even though his shot was missed and his plan ultimately failed. So much so that even Israel Adesanya acknowledged that “Bam Bam” had duped him.

The entire UFC Paris card was dissected by “The Last Stylebender” in an episode of his personal YouTube vlog. Adesanya commented on the aforementioned sequence, saying:

However, what Tai did after receiving a head kick and playing possum was cool. I genuinely believed… He tricked me. I said, “Oh sh*t,” and he f***ing hit him while attempting to clap.

View Israel Adesanya’s remarks regarding Ciryl Gane vs. Taylor Tuivasa


Tuivasa was eventually defeated by the former UFC heavyweight interim champion in the same round. The Frenchman fed Tuivasa a diet of body kicks, which eventually paid off because he could no longer conceal his discomfort whenever his midsection was struck.

Following a perfectly timed counter right hand from Gane that caused Tuivasa to stumble, the finishing move was delivered. After that, “Bon Gamin” attacked his adversary and put the finishing touches on the TKO victory.

Israel Adesanya responds to Tai Tuivasa’s KO by Ciryl Gane.

Israel Adesanya undoubtedly relished the UFC Paris main event fight.

Tuivasa remained a threat throughout the fight and never seemed to be out of it, even though Gane dominated the exchanges for the most part. In round two, “Bam Bam” used a powerful right hand to knock out the hometown hero.

Watch as Tai Tuivasa and Ciryl Gane repeatedly try to stop each other. One of the year’s best rounds, in my opinion#UFCParis https://t.co/HEIrHGaccg

However, Gane was able to recover and continued on to regain command of the battle. Adesanya evaluated the heavyweight match and said:

The main event rocked! Tai had his flaws. He was almost sunk by a dink. Ciryl believes he was knocked out, but he recovered and it was successful. Although Tai held on and gave the impression that he was just one more kamikaze away from victory, “I’m surprised he was investing in that body early on.


Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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