UFC 265 Derrick Lewis vs Ciryl Gane: Main Card and Preview: UFC 265, headlined by Derrick Lewis vs Ciryl Gane, is turning heads in the fight community for all the unique features it has touted. The action-packed heavyweight main event, which will determine the first-ever Interim champion of the division, will be held after several more intriguing matchups.
The event will take place on August 8 (IST) at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Furthermore, it will be available live on PPV. Meanwhile, UFC matchmakers have unveiled a stacked fight card that moves across multi-divisional matchups and boast some of the biggest names of the promotion.
If the actual plan would have been materialized, female G.O.A.T Amanda Nunes could have also defended her belt on the same night. However, the fight was scrapped after the Brazilian legend got tested positive for Covid-. That said, the alluring event still holds a few thrillers, and here’s how they can go down at UFC 265 this weekend.
UFC 265 Derrick Lewis vs Ciryl Gane
Putting two of the best heavyweights against each other, UFC 265 assures intense fireworks in the main event. Boasting off a 9-0 unbeaten record, Ciryl Gane will challenge Derrick Lewis, the man with most KOs in the division for the Interim strap.
‘Bon Gamin’ Gane will enjoy a few advantages under the physical parameters and can look forward to fighting Lewis for all five rounds. But on connecting a proper punch, Derrick Lewis can put any man to sleep and Ciryl Gane will be no exception. Hence, the heavyweight action appears to be coming with its full force at UFC 265. And that’s not all for the night.
Jose Aldo vs Pedro Munhoz- Battle of Brazil
Former 145 lbs champion Jose Aldo is now a number 5-ranked bantamweight contender and is leaping towards a shot at the 135 lbs gold. On the way, Aldo will have to surpass the 9th ranked Pedro Munhoz immediately. Despite the backlog in the rankings, Munhoz can be a tough fight for Aldo. Still fresh from a win over Rivera in February, Pedro Munhoz is also looking for his chance at the gold.
The Young Punisher meets the King of Rio inside the Octagon SATURDAY 🇧🇷
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Hence, the nearing collision will have sheer importance in the championship ride. This puts a must-win situation in both men’s corners. But Aldo is naturally bigger in size and can captivate this in his favor. The bantamweight thriller can see either man have their hands raised.
UFC 265 Preview- Michael Chiesa and Vicente Luque
This might be the most evenly matched bout in the whole card. Number 5th ranked Chiesa and number 6th ranked Luque have been looking to face top-tier fighters for a long time. They can start the trend by colliding with each other. As they also share almost similar physical features, there’s a contrast in their fighting styles.
Guaranteed to bring the fireworks 💥
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Michael Chiesa is a submission expert, whereas Vicente Luque seems more favorable towards knocking out his opponents. Luque has won 55% of his wins via KO and Chiesa has claimed 61% victories via submissions. Thus, this variant yet alluring status cites a close fight between two of the best 170 pounders.
UFC 265 Preview: Tecia Torres vs Angela Hill
After exchanging a few heated words at the presser, Torres vs Hill seems even more intriguing at this point. The women’s strawweight bout at UFC 265 main card will see two orthodox fighters lock horns. However, ‘Tiny Tornado’ is on a two-fight win streak and can unleash her best side against Angela Hill.
Although Hill has won just once in her last three appearances, the reach and height advantage over Torres can see her land a shocking win. Nevertheless, not too shocking for her team and fans. The sole women’s bout in the UFC 265 is therefore an intense matchup.
Song Yadong vs Casey Kenney at UFC 265
Apart from Aldo vs Munhoz, UFC 265 main card will have another bantamweight bout. Following losses in their last respective bouts, Yadong and Kenney will try to regain themselves in the win-track. A top-tier position is still far from their current slot. But the nearing contest will be very important for their future in the UFC.
The Chinese prodigy will relish an advantage in leg reach, but Kenney will dwarf him in overall reach. Besides, both men possess skills of KO and submission simultaneously. So, the outcome of the bout may not go the judges and either man can stop the other.
Fight Details: UFC 265 main-event
Time: Prelims will begin at 3:30 AM (IST)
UFC 265 TV Coverage: Sony LIV app, Sony Ten, Sony Ten 2, UFC Fight Pass app