UFC 265 will be held in front of a packed house Saturday in Houston. This fight card is stacked with key matchups and clashes of styles featuring fighters of all sizes, shapes and countries.
Last week we lost one release to a bad weight cut, and my second release of Danny Chavez earned a majority draw decision. In this case the majority draw was like hitting the lottery because at his best, Chavez does not possess the fighting acumen to remain in the UFC. We’ll take the decision that costs us no profit and move into this week’s card, which is loaded with potential violence.
Ciryl Gane (-390) vs. Derrick Lewis (+ 330)
heavyweight (265 pounds), interim championship
Third-ranked Ciryl Gane defeated fifth-ranked Alexander Volkov last month in a five-round decision. The Frenchman controlled the pace and never experienced trouble in that bout as he displayed superior fight intelligence, deft movement, effective evasion of strikes and a full five rounds of cardio.
Gane sports a superior physique, he possesses profuse striking power and he has risen to his current ranking with only nine professional MMA bouts after an undefeated seven-fight Muay Thai career. This young man is gifted with tremendous athleticism. He moves more like a fighter well under 200 pounds as opposed to one who competes at heavyweight. While athletic and powerful, Gane is also patient in the cage, which is the sign of an experienced, cagey fighter.