3 reasons to watch UFC 265: Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane

Here are three reasons why the UFC 265 pay-per-view is worth watching.

The UFC’s second card during the month of August will see the promotion travel to Houston, Texas, for the second time in the last three months. UFC 265 features an interim heavyweight title fight between Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane in the main event, along with long-time veterans Michael Chiesa and Jose Also also featured during the event’s main card.

While the event may lack a handful of prominent names, there are still reasons to get excited for the upcoming pay-per-view. Unlike pay-per-views of the past, UFC 265 only features one title fight compared to the frequent doubleheader that is seen on most cards. The card was originally scheduled to have two title fights before Amanda Nunes was forced to withdraw due to COVID-19.

Here are three reasons why UFC 265 is worth checking out on Saturday night.

1. Ciryl Gane’s unexpected title shot

After defeating Alexander Volkov in June, Gane looked to remain one of the many contenders that would challenge for Francis Ngannou’s title. This was until a bombshell was dropped by the UFC, as failed negotiations prevented the newly-crowned heavyweight champion from fighting when he felt ready. Just before the end of the month, the UFC announced that Ngannou would have to sit out and wait for Lewis and Gane to settle each other’s differences in the Octagon, despite being ready and willing to step up. Gane could turn a lot of heads with an upset and title shot berth come Saturday night.

2. Is UFC 265 worth the money?

UFC 265 has taken a ton of heat for the lack of star power that the card has. Despite that claim, the event will feature a critical bantamweight bout between Jose Also and Pedro Munhoz that could determine a future title contender in the night’s main event. Is the interim heavyweight title fight and Aldo-Munhoz worth $84.98? The answer is no, but sometimes, the cards with the least amount of buzz tend to deliver a plethora of memorable moments.

3. Could Pedro Munhoz get FOTN for a third time in a row?

If No. 9 ranked Pedro Munhoz gets past No. 5 ranked Jose Aldo it would set him up nicely for a run at the bantamweight title. Munhoz hit a bit of a rough patch with two decision losses but got back in the win column with a Fight of the Night win over Jimmie Rivera. If he and Aldo throw down like many expect it could also set up Muhoz for his third FOTN bonus in a row. Keep your eyes on the co-main event because there’s heavy potential there.

UFC 265 takes place on Aug. 7, 2021, live from the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.

Published at Thu, 05 Aug 2021 00:10:04 +0000

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