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UFC 265: Ciryl Gane dominates, blasts Derrick Lewis with third-round TKO to become interim heavyweight champion

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Ciryl Gane has punching power, too.

After picking apart Derrick Lewis with smooth movement and precision striking over the first two rounds, Gane blasted him with an uppercut and finished the show moments later with a right hand and relentless hammerfists to get the third-round TKO in the main event of UFC 265 on Saturday night. The most significant victory of his career to date improved the French fighter's record to 10-0 and more importantly, had him crowned the UFC interim heavyweight champion of the world at the Toyota Center in Lewis' hometown of Houston.

The victory also sets up an imminent showdown with Gane's former teammate and current UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

"Let's go!" Gane said after extending his winning streak. "Just let's go."

After softening up Lewis with a series of leg kicks that nearly took "The Black Beast" off his feet, Gane landed a sweeping right uppercut that hurt the Houston fighter. He followed that by detonating massive right hands of his own and three lefts to boot. While Lewis tried valiantly to fight back, landing a left hand, Gane put him down with a short right before teeing off with left hands and several right hammerfists onto the head to get the third-round stoppage against the UFC's all-time heavyweight knockout leader.

The decisive output was preceded by two rounds of a masterclass from Gane, who picked Lewis apart with clean jabs, stinging leg kicks that went unchecked and constant movement that negated the hometown fighter's noted one-punch power.

If it wasn't apparent before, it's more than apparent now that Ciryl Gane, the new interim heavyweight champ, is a problem for the division.

Here's how the entire UFC 265: Lewis vs. Gane pay-per-view event went.

 

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Gane finishes Lewis with third-round TKO

Leg kick lands for Gane. And another. Overhand right from Gane now, too. Gane sticks in a left hand and comes across with a right for good measure. Lewis now moving forward, looking to detonate that massive right hand. Lewis presses forward and wraps his arms around Gane's waist. Gane digs a right hand into Lewis' body. Gane is keeping Lewis off balance with agility and smooth lateral movement. Gane takes out Lewis' leg and lands a looping right uppercut. The shot hurts Lewis. Gane is teeing off on Lewis now with massive right hands of his own. Three massive lefts follow. Lewis' mouthpiece is out. Lewis rifles back with a right hand. But Gane brushes Lewis back with a left hand, now unleashes a short right to drop him. Lewis is down and Gane is detonating left hands and a series of right hammerfists. The ref steps in and ends it! Gane is a problem!

Lewis-Gane; Round 2

Left jab splits Lewis' gaurd. Lewis with a leg kick as Gane moves forward. Gane with another leg kick. Right hand lands for Gane now, too. Lewis partially tags Gane with a right hand. Jump knee from Gane and Lewis wraps him up. Lewis is pressed up against the Octagon. Another knee lands for Gane. He has his left hand locking up Lewis' right hand, while launching another knee. Shrewd stuff from Gane. Lunging right hand lands for Gane and he clinches up with Lewis now. Gane with a stiff right hand and elbow. Lewis misses his mark with a switch kick. He has to land more strikes. Through two, Gane is making good on his promise to produce a masterclass. (10-9 Gane, 20-18 Gane)

Lewis-Gane; Round 1

Both heavyweights feeling each other out. Lewis goes high and slips. He's back up on his feet. Gane is calm and bouncing around on the outside, almost as if he's welcoming Lewis in. Lewis launches a kick that misses. Gane with an up jab. Two leg kicks. Make it three. Gane is loose. Lewis pressures and Gane gets the hell out of the way. Smart. He picks at Lewis with the jab. And another. Smooth. Leg kick from Gane. Body kick from Gane now brushes Lewis back. Lewis lands a body shot with that right hand. Lewis throws a low kick and Gane is given time to recover from the groin shot. He doesn't need much time and action resumes. Ninety seconds left in the round. Lewis swings and misses and Gane ties him up in the clinch. Lewis detonates that right hand and Gane literally runs away with a smile. Body kick lands for Gane. Left jab-overhand right to the temple lands for Gane. The French fighter catches Lewis with a jab, but the hometown fighter thought it was an eye poke. Impressive, cerebral and collected round from Gane. (10-9 Gane)

Here comes Lewis

The No. 2-ranked heavyweight and the UFC’s all-time heavyweight knockout leader with 20 is making his walk to the Octagon and the hometown crowd at the Toyota Center is loving it. He enters to Fat Pat's "Tops Drop" to a raucous response.

Lewis said he is feeling the pressure of fighting at home and all that comes with it. Let's see how he responds.

Gane makes his walk

The French fighter drawing boos from Lewis' hometown Houston crowd. Gane walks to the Octagon to the sounds of Houston rapper Mike Jones' classic "Still Tippin.'"

Main event time: Lewis vs. Gane is upon us

Lewis enters this bout having sent Curtis Blaydes into orbit with a vicious second-round KO in February. Gane surgically picked a larger Alexander Volkov apart via unanimous decision. Lewis weighed in at 264.5 pounds Friday — 0.5 from the heavyweight limit. The undefeated Gane registered 247 on the scale Friday. Who will win the interim heavyweight championship and get closer to a showdown with heavyweight titleholder Francis Ngannou? We're about to find out!

Aldo too sharp, too much for Munhoz in unanimous decision shutout

After three rounds, all three judges score it 30-27 in favor of Aldo, who collects a landmark victory. He'll be 35 next month and it's plain to see that he has plenty left to give the sport of mixed martial arts. His bursts of offense were too much for Munhoz.

Aldo vs. Munhoz; Round 3

Aldo letting his hands go quickly. He's letting them fly and mixes in a knee as well. Nearly every time Munhoz tries a spinning shot, he's coming up empty. He can't afford to do that. He needs to apply pressure. Triple jab pressing forward from Aldo. Three-punch combination punctuated with a big right hand that snaps Munhoz's head back. Munhoz with a right hand of his own seconds later, but he inexplicably doesn't follow it up. Leg kick and right hand hits their marks from Aldo. Under two minutes left now. Another spinning back kick misses for Munhoz. Leg kick nearly takes Munhoz off his feet. High volume of output from Aldo, who has landed shots at a 58 percent clip thus far. Thirty seconds left. Aldo nearly takes Munhoz off his feet again with a leg kick and then adds a rapid three-punch combo upstairs.

Aldo saved his best output for the last round and should win this fight handily. (10-9 Aldo, 30-27 Aldo)

Aldo vs. Munhoz; Round 2

The first round had 24 strikes landed apiece (unofficially). Aldo lands a crisp combo, but Munhoz fires forward with pressure. Solid left hand lands for Munhoz. Moments later, Munhoz eats a knee to the midsection and connects on a stiff right hand. Uptick in pressure from Munhoz. Aldo now keeping Munhoz at bay with his hands and boxing ability. Aldo with a right-left combo to the body and then lands a jab upstairs for good measure. Giving this one to Aldo, too, for being a bit sharper with his strikes. (10-9 Aldo, 20-18 Aldo)

Aldo vs. Munhoz; Round 1

Munhoz opens with a spinning back kick that lands. He fires a leg kick seconds later. Left-right combo from Aldo. The latter is checking every kick from Munhoz. Solid right lands across Aldo's jaw from Munhoz. Aldo unleashes a left hook to the head. Right uppercut lands for Aldo now, too. Aldo digs a right hand into the body. But Munhoz holds his ground a lands a right of his own. Tough round to call, but slight edge to Aldo. (10-9 Aldo)

Co-main event on deck

Jose Aldo vs. Pedro Munhoz in bantamweight action is upon us. Both enter the Octagon tonight having snapped a losing streak. Aldo ended a three-fight skid with a unanimous decision over Marlon Vera in December, while Munhoz put a two-fight losing streak to bed with a unanimous decision over Jimmie Rivera in February. Hard one to predict.

Luque calls out welterweight champ Kamaru Usman; Usman responds

Luque calls Usman his friend, before saying he thinks the champ will get past Colby Covington for the second time and if that happens, the Brazilian fighter wants the titleholder to know, "I think it's our time."

Usman is all for it.

 

Luque scrambles for first-round finish

Hard right lands for Luque and Chiesa drops. However, he might have just slipped. Proof of that might be that Chiesa pops right back up and takes Luque down, before taking the Brazilian's back and threatening a submission. Chiesa working hard to crank back on Luque's neck. He's also looking for an armbar. But Luque grappling well and fighting back on Chiesa's hands. Luque locks in a d'arce. Luque gets the first-round submission!

Big welterweight tilt next

Michael Chiesa and Vicente Luque are on deck. This should be one hell of a fight. Chiesa looks to extend his winning streak to five. Luque has won three fights in a row.

Tecia Torres with a master class win over Angela Hill

Judges have it 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 all in favor of Torres. No surprise there, as she dominated. Torres says she wants a "Top 5 fight next."

Torres putting all skills on display

Hill trying to load up her right hand but any time she lets it go, Torres fires back with a combination that drives her back. Torres has stayed one step ahead of Hill with her striking this entire fight and she should be credited as such. Torres with a level change and gets a late takedown for good measure. That caps a complete performance. 

Fast-paced first round

Torres is a significantly quicker striker. She splits Hill's guard with rapid hands until Hill sweeps her leg and takes her down to slow her momentum. But Torres makes it back to her feet where she unleashes more strikes, firing them quickly. Hill has got to find a way to adjust and negate Torres' speed.

Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill up next

Torres and Hill very much in the mix in the women's strawweight division. Torres got a unanimous decision nod over Hill back in June 2015 and after a tense buildup, this should be an exciting scrap. Plenty of heat between these two fighters.

Yadong edges Kenney by split decision

After three rounds, judges have it 29-28 for Kenney, 29-28 for Yadong and 30-27 for Yadong. He honed in on the body and those strikes opened up avenues to land sharp blows upstairs. A hard-fought win for Yadong.

Yadong and Kenney go 15-minute distance

Kenney posts a solid third round. He especially makes things interesting launching a body and head kick as Yadong was ducking. But Yadong landed the more significant strikes over the course of the fight and should take this. 

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