Derrick Lewis Versus Cyril Gane: You will have heard of the metaphorical question of what happens with an unstoppable object meets an immovable object, right? Something similar is happening at UFC 265 on August 8. Derrick Lewis and his seemingly unlimited power go head-to-head against Cyril Gane, who has impeccable technique. Something has to give in the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship bout.
Lewis was meant to fight current heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, but Ngannou refused to defend his title, claiming he us unavailable until September despite winning the title three months ago. Lewis takes on Cyril Gane instead.
Known as “The Black Beast,” Lewis is a big outsider with the best UFC betting sites despite his world number two ranking. Lewis has 25 wins from 33 professional fights, with 20 of those coming by way of knockout. Nobody in UFC has more knockouts in the heavyweight division; Lewis has some serious punching power.
UFC experts questioned Lewis when he lost back-to-back fights against Daniel Cormier and Junior dos Santos. It is fair to say he answered his critics and more. Four consecutive victories, including a Performance of the Night KO on February 20 against Curtis Blaydes, showed lewis not only has immense power but is exceptionally mentally tough, too.
Gane Is Technically Brilliant
Cyril Gane is arguably the best technical fighter that Lewis has faced in his career to date. Gane has only fought nine times during his professional career, but he has won all nine bouts; three by decision, three by submission, and three by knockouts.
Gane is almost the complete opposite of his opponent, and the contrast in styles makes for an exciting spectacle. Gane is one of the most composed and calculated fighters to ever step into the octagon. It is easy to see why the man ranked third in the heavyweight division is an overwhelming favorite to win this fight and earn his shot at the world title.
Ngannou will watch this fight from the sidelines, doing so knowing he has a unique battle ahead of him regardless of who wins. Neither fighter is an attractive option for Ngannou. He either has to deal with the raw power of Lewis and risk taking a pounding or be ground down by the wily Gane. We cannot wait to watch that particular title fight. Also Read – A Guide for Women Breaking Into eSports
Aldo Continues Revival at Bantamweight
Another fight to look out for at UFC 265 is the Bantamweight clash between Jose Aldo and Pedro Munhoz.
Aldo once reigned supreme in the featherweight class and was the UFC number one pound-for-pound fighter. He made his debut back in November 2005 and remained undefeated for a decade, winning 18 consecutive fights until UFC 194 in December 2015.
His reign in the featherweight class ended, and Aldo dropped down to bantamweight in an attempt to reinvigorate his career. He lost to Marlon Moraes on his bantamweight debut at UFC 237 in May 2019 and was knocked out by Petr Yan in the clash for the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship title at UFC 251. However, Aldo came back strong against Marlon Vera in December 2020, winning by unanimous decision.
Pedro Munhoz’s recent form is similar to that of Aldo. Back-to-back defeats were followed by a victory last time out. Interestingly, five of Munhoz’s last six fights have gone the distance, with the judges settling matters. Also Read – What Is Banned in MMA? Rules, Techniques, more
Both fighters are high-level black belts in Jiu-Jitsu, but both prefer to stand toe-to-toe and land heavy blows. They are both sharp boxers with dynamite in their fists. There is little chance of this fight going to the final round.
Aldo has the better defense of the two athletes. This is likely why he goes into this fight as the favorite with bookmakers worldwide. He may be the favorite pre-fight, but Aldo will have to be at his very best to avoid falling to his eighth career defeat.