Read about the resounding success of UFC Fight Night in Paris, the enthusiasm for MMA in France, and the UFC’s commitment to making Paris a regular destination for its events.
|UFC Fight Night in Paris: A Resounding Success
|The fans in Paris made a strong impression at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s second event in France on Saturday. The Accor Arena was rocking from the card’s opening fight, all the way until Ciryl Gane dispatched Sergey Spivak in the UFC Fight Night 226 heavyweight headliner. The numerous French fighters on the card drew loud ovations and brought a palpable energy to the audience — something that was noticeable to UFC officials.
UFC Fight Night in Paris
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s second event in France was a resounding success, with the fans in Paris making a strong impression. From the opening fight to the heavyweight headliner, the Accor Arena was rocking with energy. The French fighters on the card received loud ovations, showcasing the country’s enthusiasm for mixed martial arts. UFC senior vice president, David Shaw, expressed his satisfaction with the event and the commitment to building MMA in France. With the success of this event, the UFC aims to make Paris a regular stop on its annual itinerary.
France’s Enthusiasm for MMA
The legalization of MMA in France played a significant role in building enthusiasm for the sport. However, the country also has a solid foundation in martial arts, with a long history of judo, karate, wrestling, and boxing. The entry of MMA into France was long-awaited and has made a discernable connection with the community. The quality of athletes showcased at UFC Fight Night 226 further solidified the impact of the sport in the country.
Paris as a Regular Destination
Despite the challenges posed by the 2024 Olympics in Paris, the UFC aims to make the city a regular destination for its events. While next year’s schedule may be more challenging, the promotion is committed to returning to Paris every year. Additionally, the success of UFC Fight Night 226 opens up possibilities for hosting events in other French cities. The UFC has been in discussions about potential destinations and increasing the number of events in France.
This article first appeared on Sherdog and was syndicated with permission.