UFC 265: Venue, Date, Main Event Analysis, Fight Card, and Everything You Need to Know

Published 07/25/2021, 6:00 AM EDT

Undefeated French fighter Ciryl Gane will face ‘The Black Beast’ Derrick Lewis in a heavyweight clash for the UFC interim heavyweight title at UFC 265 inside the Toyota Center in Texas on August 7. It will be the second UFC event of 2021 at the venue after this May’s UFC 262.


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The winner of this heavyweight main event is expected to fight ‘The Predator’ Francis Ngannou in a title unification bout. But before the main event, fans will witness another title fight between Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena.


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This is a women’s bantamweight championship bout that will feature the most dominant women’s champion in UFC history taking on yet another rising contender.

Derrick Lewis versus Ciryl Gane fight pre-fight analysis

After suffering multiple defeats, Derrick Lewis got his crack at the interim belt as he demolished the other top heavyweights. Now, ‘The Black Beast’ is on an active four-fight winning streak and looks like an unstoppable force to reckon with.


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On the other hand, his opponent, Ciryl Gane, earned his shot by winning six fights after entering the UFC. Although Derrick Lewis has unmatched one-punch knockout power, his opponent, ‘Bon Gamin’, is a complete mixed martial artist. The Frenchman is adept at winning fights via decisions, knockouts, and submissions, making him an all-around threat.

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: Ciryl Gane of France celebrates his submission victory over Don’Tale Mayes in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Gane has three T/KO, submission and decision wins each in his nine-fight career. Previously, we saw Derrick Lewis struggling against technical fighters like Alexander Volkov. Although Lewis won the fight against Volkov, ‘Drago’ seemed in control for the larger part of the bout.

Lewis is not the best technical fighter and if Gane fights smart, he could end up as the interim champion. However, due to his power, ‘The Black Beast’ will remain a constant threat till the very last second of the fight.

UFC 265 complete card details

Main Card

Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane

Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena

Jose Aldo vs. Pedro Munhoz

Vicente Luque vs. Michael Chiesa


Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill

Song Yadong vs. Casey Kenney

Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jessica Penne

Early Prelims

Alonzo Menifield vs. Ed Herman

Manel Kape vs. Ode Osbourne

Victoria Leonardo vs. Melissa Gatto


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Vince Morales vs. Drako Rodriguez

Johnny Munoz  vs. Jamey Simmons

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.