‘We Call Him a Professional Brawler’- Gilbert Burns Gives His Prediction for Derrick Lewis vs Ciryl Gane

Published 07/31/2021, 11:20 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 19: Derrick Lewis poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on February 19, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Derrick Lewis will fight Ciryl Gane at UFC 265 next weekend. The interim heavyweight title will be on the line for this match. Stylistically, the fight is intriguing as both Gane and Lewis have completely different styles. Ahead of the fight, UFC welterweight fighter and former title challenger, Gilbert Burns, gave his prediction for the contest next weekend.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Man, Gane is looking very good in the last couple of fights. But, even though the brain wants to go with Ciryl Gane, I freaking love Derrick Lewis. Freaking ‘The Black Beast’ I am a fan. I want him to win, it’s gonna be a tough one,” said Burns.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

But, he can make it happen. He is a freaking professional. We call him a big couple of guys we call him a professional brawler. That guy can brawl. It’s not that he’s gonna lose, no, he’s a professional brawler. He can brawl, you know. Even though Gane is very technical, he can make that brawl. If he can make it happen, I got Derrick Lewis,” said ‘Durinho’.

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)

I think he finishes, he is a professional brawler. Like a different level of brawler. That’ll be crazy one, I can not wait for this one. I’m excited,” Burns concluded.

Gilbert Burns believes UFC 265 is an enormous opportunity for Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The winner of next weekend’s main event is expected to take on Francis Ngannou for the undisputed heavyweight title next. Also, with the interim title on the line, the winner should get pay-per-view points when they eventually fight for the undisputed belt.

It’s unfortunate what happened to Francis, but I see a better way. I see a contender, Derrick or Ciryl gonna get to a title shot, gonna become an interim champion and gonna make crazy pay-per-view money fighting Francis, so it’s a great opportunity,” said Burns.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

As mentioned, this is a great fight stylistically. It remains to be seen which man picks the interim belt at UFC 265 and books a date with ‘The Predator’.

Who is your pick for Lewis vs Gane at UFC 265? Let us know.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Apratim Banerjee

1209 articles

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT