UFC 265: Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane preview and prediction

Preview and prediction for Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane at UFC 265.

Not many events in the world of mixed martial arts generate as much hype as a UFC heavyweight title fight. The interim heavyweight championship is up for grabs this Saturday in Houston, TX. On a card decorated with veterans and promising prospects, the two heavyweight contenders will meet head on to cement their place as the number one contender for undisputed champion Francis Ngannou.

Ciryl Gane will be just six weeks removed from his previous bout as he steps into the Octagon this week. In a clinical, composed performance against Alexander Volkov in June, fans were left wondering just how far he can go.

Making his debut in August of 2019, Gane is still considered a newcomer to many fans. However, his abilities can’t be denied, and dominant wins over Junior Dos Santos, Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Alexander Volkov prove he could be the most complete fighter in the division. At 31 years old, Gane has undoubtedly entered his fighting prime, and his performances so far have been next to flawless. Tallying a 13-0 Muay Thai record before his 9-0 run in MMA, we could be looking at a future star.

His opponent, Derrick Lewis has compiled an impressive four consecutive wins at the top of the heavyweight food-chain, and once again has earned his chance to capture gold. His most recent win, a devastating knockout of Curtis Blaydes, saw him equal Vitor Belfort’s record for the most knockouts in UFC history. The man has got dynamite in his hands. After coming up short in his 2018 venture for the belt against Daniel Cormier, Lewis will be sure to dedicate everything to this fight which, realistically, could be his last shot at gold.

Who will win at UFC 265: Derrick Lewis or Ciryl Gane?

Although Lewis has punched himself out of tricky situations in the past, Gane will be able to avoid the windmilling right hand for as long as he wants.

The head movement and measured striking of Gane will likely prove too much for Lewis. As he enters the later stages of his career, his gas tank will not be able to keep up the pace with Gane for five rounds. Throughout Gane’s UFC run, we have seen him implement a masterful blend of Muai Thai and kickboxing techniques. His world-class, diverse striking skills will be on display, and the interim heavyweight championship will likely be flying back to France.

Prediction: Ciryl Gane KO/TKO Round 3

We know how it is with Lewis, though. It’s not over til’ it’s over…

UFC 265 takes place on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, live from the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.