UFC 265 is in the books, and France crowned its first UFC champion with Ciryl Gane scoring the TKO finish against Derrick Lewis in round three.
Around four months removed from winning the undisputed heavyweight title, the promotion decided to move on without Francis Ngannou. Thus, fans were treated in Houston, Texas inside the Toyota Center with an interim title bout featuring France’s Gane against the self-proclaimed ‘knockout king’ Lewis.
While the fight lasted three rounds, the striking difference between the two combatants was massive. With Gane outstriking Lewis in just about every portion of the contest, fans quickly understood why he has been so dominant in the UFC heavyweight division (currently on a 7-fight win streak).
After outworking Houston’s Lewis to get the round 3 finish, Gane made history in multiple facets but most notably as becoming the first French-born champion in the UFC. With an interim champion crowned, all signs point to Ngannou and their inevitable showdown. Admittedly, Gane wants the rest of the year off to welcome a child into the world but is insistent on unifying the title in due time.
In addition to the wild title fight, the UFC 265 co-main event saw the legend, Jose Aldo show his vintage self with a stellar performance against Pedro Munhoz. The two fought in a calculated striking battle where Jose Aldo mostly controlled the tempo of the fight. With his signature leg kicks back, the ‘King of Rio’ put the bantamweight division on notice. By the end of the fight, Munhoz was bloodied and it was mostly because of Aldo’s sharp boxing.
The night had tons of action, and Vicente Luque stood out with a first-round d’arce submission against Michael Chiesa. While many thought the Brazilian could get it done striking, he proved he’s a legitimate welterweight contender at UFC 265.
Check out what the pros had to say following Ciryl Gane’s big title win.
Pros React On Twitter To UFC 265 Main Event – Ciryl Gane Defeats Derrick Lewis
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