UFC 265 comes to Houston, Texas, with an interim heavyweight championship fight between Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane serving as the headliner.
While the MMA world waits for a potential fight between current champion Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones, the organization has decided to crown an interim champion. A Houston-native in Lewis and a surging star who used to be a Ngnannou sparring partner in Gane makes for an intriguing anchor to the card. Watch UFC 265. Lewis vs Gane live stream to the following link:
Main Card (10 p.m. ET)
Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane
Jose Aldo vs. Pedro Munhoz
Vicente Luque vs. Michael Chiesa
Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill
Song Yadong vs. Casey Kenney
Preliminary Card (8 p.m. ET)
Bobby Green vs. Rafael Fiziev
Vince Morales vs. Drako Rodriguez
Alonzo Menifield vs. Ed Herman
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jessica Penne
Early Prelims (6 p.m. ET)
Manel Kape vs. Ode Osbourne
Miles Johns vs. Anderson dos Santos
Victoria Leonardo vs. Melissa Gatto
Johnny Munoz vs. Jamey Simmons
At this point, Ngannou’s decision to leave his native Cameroon and come to France to box before transitioning to MMA and becoming one of the most fearsome heavyweights of all time is well-told. Gane is a French national born and raised, and the two were sparring partners at one point.
But Gane has to get past Lewis if he wants to make that fight happen. That’s not an easy task. Lewis is one of the most powerful punchers in the sport.
The unbeaten Gane is a sizable favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, installed at -350 to win. Lewis is a +270 underdog and this is not expected to last long. Total rounds are installed at 3.5 with the under juiced to -155. The favored winning method and round are Gane by first-round knockout or DQ at +330, followed by Gane knockout or DQ in the second round at +650. Lewis’ best odds are +1000 to win by first-round knockout or DQ.