HOUSTON — Derrick Lewis, who will headline Saturday’s UFC 265 primary occasion towards Ciryl Gane, bought his first UFC title shot three years in the past towards Daniel Cormier. The self-deprecating slugger mocked himself — and his heavyweight friends — forward of that bout.
“If I am the champion, the entire UFC division must be ashamed of themselves for a man that had no rattling expertise being the champion,” Lewis stated on the time. “They need to all simply go relocate someplace. … Have you ever seen my fights? Have you ever seen my method?”
Cormier beat Lewis at UFC 230 in November 2018 through second-round submission, however since then, the person who calls himself “The Black Beast” has improved immensely. He has received 4 straight, and Saturday he’ll get one other shot at UFC gold when he fights for the interim heavyweight title at Toyota Middle.
The cardboard is constructed round Lewis, a Houston resident, who combines humor with a number of the most horrifying knockout energy in UFC historical past. The Lewis vs. Gane winner is anticipated to be subsequent up for heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou. ESPN has Lewis and Gane ranked No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, at heavyweight.
Lewis (25-7, 1 NC) has essentially the most KO/TKO victories in UFC heavyweight historical past (12). That mark additionally places him in a three-way tie for essentially the most knockouts in any division within the UFC ever, together with Vitor Belfort and Matt Brown. Lewis, 36, is coming off a second-round knockout win over Curtis Blaydes in February.
Gane (9-0) is among the most promising up-and-coming fighters in the entire UFC. With a victory Saturday, Gane will turn out to be the primary French-born fighter to win a UFC title. Gane, 31, has been coaching in MMA for under three years and sports activities a powerful 6-0 document within the UFC.
Within the co-main occasion, a pair of bantamweight contenders will face off: MMA legend Jose Aldo and Pedro Munhoz. Aldo (29-7) is the previous longtime UFC/WEC featherweight champion. Munhoz (19-5, 1 NC) has received 4 of his previous six bouts. Additionally on the cardboard, Vicente Luque meets Michael Chiesa in a battle of prime welterweights, strawweight contenders Tecia Torres and Angela Hill face off and Casey Kenney takes on Song Yadong in a bout between promising up-and-coming bantamweights.
Comply with stay as Marc Raimondi and Brett Okamoto recap the fights from Houston or watch on ESPN+ PPV.
Nonetheless to come back:
Interim heavyweight title struggle: Derrick Lewis (25-7 1 NC, 16-5 UFC, +290) vs. Ciryl Gane (9-0, 6-0 UFC, -370)
Males’s bantamweight: Jose Aldo (29-7, 11-6 UFC, -120) vs. Pedro Munhoz (19-5 1 NC, 9-5 1 NC UFC, +100)
Welterweight: Michael Chiesa (18-4, 11-4 UFC, -105) vs. Vicente Luque (20-7-1, 13-3 UFC, -115)
Strawweight: Tecia Torres (12-5, 8-5 UFC, -140) vs. Angela Hill (13-9, 8-9 UFC, +120)
Males’s bantamweight: Song Yadong (16-5-1 1 NC, 5-1-1 UFC, +100) vs. Casey Kenney (16-3-1, 5-2 UFC, -120)
Light-weight: Bobby Green (27-11-1, 8-6-1 UFC, +240) vs. Rafael Fiziev (9-1, 3-1 UFC, -300)
Males’s bantamweight: Vince Morales (9-5, 1-3 UFC, -105) vs. Drako Rodriguez (7-2, 0-1 UFC, -115)
Gentle heavyweight: Alonzo Menifield (10-2, 3-2 UFC, -240) vs. Ed Herman (27-14 1 NC, 13-10 1 NC UFC, +200)
Strawweight: Karolina Kowalkiewicz (12-6, 5-6 UFC, -135) vs. Jessica Penne (13-6, 1-3 UFC, +115)
Males’s flyweight: Manel Kape (15-6, 0-2 UFC, -200) vs. Ode’ Osbourne (9-3, 1-1 UFC, +170)
Males’s bantamweight: Miles Johns (11-1, 21- UFC, -210) vs. Anderson dos Santos (21-8, 1-2 UFC, +175)
Ladies’s flyweight: Victoria Leonardo (8-4, 1-1 UFC, -110) vs. Melissa Gatto (6-0-2, 0-0 UFC, -110)