UFC 265: Interim heavyweight title fight announced between Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane

UFC 265 now has a heavyweight title fight, but undisputed champion Francis Ngannou is neither amused or involved.

Undefeated No. 3 Ciryl Gane (9-0-0), who recently defeated No. 5 Alexander Volkov at UFC Vegas 30 this past Sunday will face No. 2 Derrick Lewis (25-7-0) for the interim title, UFC president Dana White revealed to ESPN today.

The matchup ruffled the feathers of Ngannou, who won the title from Stipe Miocic less than three months ago at UFC 260 in March, but apparently was not available to defend the title in August.

Earlier this year, Ngannou was reported to be involved in a potential title fight with former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones but those talks between White and Jones broke down.

 

Ngannou took to social media to voice his displeasure with the development.

White is on record earlier saying that Lewis is the No. 1 contender for the belt. “The Black Beast,” 36, is on a four fight win streak, including a TKO win over Curtis Blaydes in February at UFC Vegas 19. He took to Instagram to voice a quick message.

UFC 265 is scheduled for Aug. 7 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Announced matches include:

DERRICK LEWIS (25-7-0) VS. CIRYL GANE (9-0-0)

KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ (12-6-0) VS. JESSICA PENNE (13-8-0)

AMANDA NUNES (21-4-0) VS. JULIANNA PENA (10-4-0)

ALONZO MENIFIELD (10-2-0) VS. ED HERMAN (26-14-0, 1NC)

VICENTE LUQUE (20-7-1) VS. MICHAEL CHIESA (18-4-0)

TECIA TORRES (12-5-0) VS. ANGELA HILL (13-9-0)

CASEY KENNEDY (16-3-1) VS. YONG SADONG (16-5-1, 1NC)

VICTORIA LEONARDO (8-3-0) VS. MELISSA GATTO (6-0-2)

JOSE ALDO (29-7-0) VS. PEDRO MUNHOZ (19-5-0, 1NC)

JOHNNY MUNOZ JR. (10-1-0) VS. JAMEY SIMMONS (7-3-0)

VINCE MORALES (9-5-0) VS. DRAKO RODRIGUEZ (7-2-0)

More bouts are expected to be announced.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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