The world-famous UFC octagon is finally coming to France, with Paris set to play host to the UFC for the very first time.
A UFC Fight Night event will land at the Accor Arena on Saturday, September 3, with UFC president Dana White pumped to bring the octagon to France later this summer.
“We’ve been working on getting into France for nearly a decade and WE’RE COMING!!!” he said.
“I’m so excited to hold our first event in Paris this September. It will be an unbelievable night of fights and an epic historic event for the athletes and fans.”
Fan registration for ticket information is already open at UFC.com/Paris, with tickets going on general sale on Friday, June 24.
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France has been on the UFC’s radar for years, but it took until 2020 for the sport to become officially recognised and legalised in the country.
Other promotions have since held events in France, but September marks the first time the global leader heads to Paris for a live show.
Demand for tickets is expected to be high, with UFC estimating around 3.8 million UFC fans in France, with the country offering the second-biggest footprint in Europe for UFC social media platforms.
And, with a new wave of French talent starting to make its mark, including former interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane and rising women’s flyweight star Manon Fiorot, French MMA fans have a exciting group of home-grown fighters to follow.
Stay tuned for fight announcements as bouts are assigned to the fight card for Paris. Both Gane and Fiorot are likely to be involved, along with fellow French talents Benoit Saint-Denis and Nassourdine Imavov.
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