UFC 265, Derrick Lewis vs Ciryl Gane Details: Main Card, Prelims and More

Published 07/27/2021, 6:30 AM EDT


UFC 265 is set to take place on 7th August with two championship bouts scheduled to go down as the main and co-main event of the pay-per-view. No. 2 ranked heavyweight, Derrick Lewis will take on the No. 3 ranked, Ciryl Gane in the main event. The interim heavyweight title will be on the line for this fight.

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Double champion Amanda Nunes will defend her bantamweight title against No. 5 ranked Juliana Pena in the co-main event. While Nunes is expected to get past Pena, if the challenger can offer something unique and pose the champion problems, remains to be seen.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 20: Derrick Lewis reacts after his knockout victory over Curtis Blaydes in a heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

There will be two more fights set to take place in the main card of the pay-per-view. Former UFC featherweight champion, and current No. 4 ranked bantamweight contender, Jose Aldo will fight the No. 8 ranked Pedro Munhoz in an intriguing clash.

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No. 5 and No. 6 ranked welterweights, Michael Chiesa and Vicente Luque will clash at the main card opener slot. Either fighter will look to catapult further in the division with a win.

UFC 265: Derrick Lewis vs Ciryl Gane- Prelims and Early-Prelims

There are 3 fights set to take place in the prelims of the UFC 265 card. No. 10 ranked women’s strawweight contender, Tecia Torres will take on No. 12 ranked Angela Hill in the featured prelims spot. Unranked bantamweights, Song Yadong and Casey Kenney will clash as both men look to enter the rankings.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 30: (L-R) Casey Kenney secures a guillotine choke submission against Louis Smolka in their bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Unranked contenders of the women’s strawweight division, Karolina Kwalkiewicz, and Jessica Penne will clash in a bid to make a name for themselves.

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The early prelims will see a total of 5 fights go down. Light-heavyweights Alonzo Menifield and Ed Herman are set for an entertaining bout. Flyweights Manel Kape and Ode’ Osbourne are expected to do the same. Victoria Leonardo and Melissa Gatto are set to clash in the women’s flyweight division.

Two other bantamweight fights, Vince Morales vs Drako Rodriguez and Johnny Munoz vs Jamey Simmons will conclude the card. Overall the pay-per-view has some great fights with the main event set to be a banger. It will be interesting to see how things play out in August.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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