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UFC 265: Ciryl Gane takes out Derrick Lewis

Even with an entire nation in the corner of Derrick Lewis, Frenchman Ciryl Gane emerged victorious at the Toyota Center in Houston at UFC 265.

Gane (10-0-0) used his range to soften up Lewis for two rounds before using a final blitz in the third round to score a TKO and win the interim heavyweight title. While Lewis (25-8-0, 1NC) landed some occasional shots, there were not enough to disrupt the rhythm and gameplan of Gane.

The win sets up a unification bout with Gane’s former training partner and current undisputed champion, Francis Ngannou.

Ngannou was originally supposed to fight Lewis but needed more time, which prompted the UFC to set up Gane instead. In the post-fight press conference, White said that he hoped to set up the unification bout before the end of the year.

Gane, Jessica Penne, Miles Johns, and Vicente Luque earned performances of the night, while Rafael Fiziez and Bobby Green earned Fight of the Night.

Each fighter earned a $50,000 bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC 265 FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

JOHNNY MUNOZ JR. VS. JAMEY SIMMONS 

WINNER: JOHNNY MUNOZ JR. VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 2:35

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOHNNY MUNOZ JR. VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Munoz did what Munoz does. Good win.

VICTORIA LEONARDO VS. MELISSA GATTO 

WINNER: MELISSA GATTO VIA TKO (DOCTOR’S STOPPAGE) R2 5:00

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VICTORIA LEONARDO VIA UD

Andrews: Leonardo is warrior for wanting to compete with a broken arm – again.

MILES JOHNS VS. ANDERSON DOS SANTOS

WINNER: MILES JOHNS VIA KO (PUNCH) R3 1:16

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MILES JOHN VIA UD

Andrews: What an overhand right by John!

MANEL KAPE VS. ODO OSBOURNE

WINNER: MANEL KAPE VIA TKO (FLYING KNEE) R1 4:44

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ODO OSBOURNE VIA TKO

Andrews: Kape missed weight but that was an amazing flying knee.

KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ VS. JESSICA PENNE 

WINNER: JESSICA PENNE VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R1 4:32

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ VIA UD

Andrews: Five losses in a row. KK is done.

ALONZO MENIFIELD VS. ED HERMAN 

WINNER: ALONZO MENIFIELD VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ED HERMAN VIA UD

Andrews: Herman’s luck ran out.

VINCE MORALES VS. DRAKO RODRIGUEZ 

WINNER: VINCE MORALES VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VINCE MORALES VIA UD 

Andrews: It’s a start for Vince to build something.

ESPN 2 PRELIMS

BOBBY GREEN VS. RAFAEL FIZIEV 

WINNER: RAFAEL FIZIEV VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RAFAEL FIZIEV VIA UD

Andrews: Fiziev outworked Green, as expected.

MAIN CARD 

CASEY KENNEDY VS. YONG SADONG

WINNER: YONG SADONG VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CASEY KENNEDY VIA UD

Andrews: A close fight. Great counterstriking by Sadong.

TECIA TORRES VS. ANGELA HILL

WINNER: TECIA TORRES VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TECIA TORRES VIA UD

Andrews: Speed won over power.

VICENTE LUQUE VS. MICHAEL CHIESA 

WINNER: VINCENT LUQUE VIA SUBMISSION (D’ARCE CHOKE) R1 3:25

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VINCENT LUQUE VIA TKO

Andrews: Another excellent win for Luque but nothing for Chiesa to be embarrassed about.

JOSE ALDO VS. PEDRO MUNHOZ

WINNER: JOSE ALDO VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOSE ALDO VIA UD

Andrews: Another vintage performance from Aldo.  

MAIN EVENT

DERRICK LEWIS VS. CIRYL GANE

WINNER: CIRYL GANE VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 4:11

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CIRYL GANE VIA UD

Andrews: Gane looked impressive using his range to keep Lewis stationary. Let’s the unification bout asap.

The next UFC event is UFC on ESPN 29 which is scheduled for Aug. 21 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Middleweight Jared Cannonier takes on Kelvin Gastelum in the main event.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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