UFC Paris: Benoit Saint-Denis Finishes Bloodied Thiago Moises in Electrifying War

Benoit Saint-Denis and Thiago Moises, UFC Paris 2023 ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Patrick McCorry/Cageside Press

French lightweight Benoit Saint-Denis looked to prove he could handle a step up in competition when he took on Thiago Moises on the main card of UFC Paris on Saturday at the Accor Arena in Paris, France.

Saint-Denis entered the fight with a full head of steam, securing numerous high-level victories in recent months, while Moises too hadn’t lost a fight since 2021.

The crowd was as lively and powerful as ever as the Saint Denis entered the octagon for the fifth time in his UFC career.

Moisés, the more experienced fighter, looked to play the role of spoiler, entering enemy territory with the goal of extending his current win streak to three.

Both men came out of the gate firing a plethora of punches, kicks, and everything in between – throwing caution to the wind and sending the French crowd into a frenzy.

Saint Denis managed to split Moises open with a few ferocious elbows, though Moises would weather the storm, landing many significant strikes of his own.

The second round was dominated by “The God of War”, as Saint Denis continued to take down the Brazilian Moises with ease, securing advantageous positions and raining down vicious ground and pound blows. Moises had no answer for his counterpart on the ground, leaving the referee no choice but to call the fight in the waning moments of the second round.

Saint Denis extends his win streak to four with all victories coming by way of stoppage, and is starting to look like a star in the making.

“I’m gonna keep on going until it’s me that has the belt,” Saint Denis said in his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping. “Nothing is going to stop me.”

Moisés will leave France with a loss, and will likely look to correct a few aspects of his game before returning to the octagon.

Official Result: Benoit Saint Denis def. Thiago Moisés by TKO, Round 2, 4:44