UFC 265: Derrick Lewis vs Ciryl Gane Main-Event Preview: After seven years in the promotion, Derrick Lewis will have his second attempt at a title when he steps up to face the undefeated Ciryl Gane at the headliner of UFC 265. In his first try at the world championship at UFC 230, Lewis fell prey to Daniel Cormier’s prowess.
Meanwhile, it has been over two years since then and Lewis vs Gane at UFC 265 will now cement the first-ever Interim heavyweight champion of the company. Although Derrick Lewis could have gone straight for the title shot, several more contenders emerged to be equally viable. So, the Interim title will mandate the person to challenge Francis Ngannou’s belt, unless UFC finds the right opponent for ‘The Predator.’
Besides, Ciryl Gane’s stellar rise has validated his position in the top-tier slot and has also posed his importance in the championship ride. 9-0 as a pro, ‘Bon Gamin’ Gane has been flawless so far in the MMA community. Hence, it will be interesting to see whether the Frenchman can remain scratch-free against the American KO-artist Derrick Lewis. Here’s a preview of the fight.
UFC 265 Derrick Lewis vs Ciryl Gane:- Preview
Standing at 6’4”, Ciryl Gane will relish an inch of height advantage and a 2” reach advantage against ‘The Black Beast’. Besides, he holds more striking accuracy than Lewis, which can be a matter of concern for the Texas native. That said, Ciryl Gane has shown progression in both- striking and ground games. Whether the fight goes to the distance or ends in a flash, Gane can have his moments in both scenarios.
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In response, Derrick Lewis has 12 knockouts, the most in the heavyweight division. His physical features might urge several opponents to look past his fitness. But Lewis’ sheer power and cracking punches can feed anyone to the canvas. Furthermore, he is more experienced than Gane in the MMA unit. Therefore, Derrick Lewis will always have the potential to surpass Ciryl Gane.
Lewis holds a record of 25-7-1 as a professional, but the 5 rounds fight at UFC 265 can be problematic for him if it goes to the final bell. Lewis will seemingly try to close the show fast, whereas Gane can look to test his rival to his core. Hence, it can bring several possible outcomes to materialization, displaying one of the most gruesome heavyweight encounters of the time.
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