UFC 265 will feature the heavyweights in the spotlight as Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane will battle for the interim UFC heavyweight championship at the Toyota Center in Houston.
With champion Francis Ngannou unable to compete in August, the UFC decided to book a showdown to determine who will get the next shot at Ngannou once he’s ready to defend his title. Lewis and Gane are riding undefeated streaks, and the two giants will step into the Octagon to find out who will get closer to championship gold.
Lewis is currently the No. 2 ranked heavyweight and actually holds a victory over Ngannou. He’s undefeated in his last four outings with victories over the likes of Curtis Blaydes and Aleksei Oleinik. He has had a shot at the heavyweight title before but came up short when he was submitted by Daniel Cormier in 2018.
The No. 3 ranked Gane heads into the interim title showdown having not lost a fight in either his MMA or Muay Thai careers. After going 13-0 in Muay Thai, the Frenchman made his MMA debut in 2018 and won three straight fights by knockout or submission before getting the call to join the UFC in 2019. He’s been unstoppable since then with a 6-0 record in the UFC with victories over Junior dos Santos, Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Alexander Volkov along the way.
It will be a home game for Lewis as The Black Beast currently fights out of Houston. He may need the home-field advantage against an opponent who has yet to taste defeat in his professional career.
Below is a full rundown of the schedule for UFC 265, with details on the fight matchups, start times, odds and more for the interim heavyweight title fight between Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane.
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When is UFC 265: Lewis vs. Gane?
- Date: Saturday, August 7
- Start time: 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT
- Main card (PPV): 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
- Main event: 12:15 a.m. ET / 9:15 p.m. PT (approximate)
UFC 265: Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane takes place on August 7 with the early prelims kicking the event off at 6 p.m. ET, before the pay-per-view main card begins at 10 p.m. ET. Lewis and Gane should enter the Octagon around 12:15 a.m. ET, depending on the length of the undercard bouts.
How to watch UFC 265: Lewis vs. Gane
- TV channels/live stream: ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+
The main card for UFC 265 is available in the U.S. on the ESPN+ subscription streaming service for a pay-per-view cost. That portion of the event begins at 10 p.m.
Earlier fights, however, are viewable live on ESPN, the WatchESPN app and, for the early prelims, on UFC Fight Pass.
In Canada, the main card pay-per-view is available on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
Lewis vs. Gane price: How much does UFC 265 cost?
- $69.99 (current ESPN+ subscribers)
- $89.98 (new subscribers)
In the U.S., the UFC 265 main card is available via pay-per-view on ESPN+, which also requires a subscription. The PPV price for UFC 265 is $69.99 for current subscribers. New subscribers can pay a bundle price of $89.98 for the UFC 265 pay-per-view and an ESPN+ annual subscription, which offers a savings of over 30 percent.
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Where is UFC 265?
UFC 265 will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, in front of a live crowd.
Lewis vs. Gane odds for UFC 265
- Ciryl Gane: -310
- Derrick Lewis: +240
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Derrick Lewis is a significant underdog despite having the home-field advantage and being the higher-ranked fighter in the division. The undefeated Gane is a -310 favorite, meaning it would take a wager of $310 to earn a $100 profit should Lewis emerge victorious. Lewis is a +240 underdog and a $100 bet on Lewis would see a $240 profit if Lewis manages to pull off the upset.
Derrick Lewis record, bio
- Name: Derrick Lewis
- Nationality: American
- Born: February 7, 1985
- Height: 6-3
- Reach: 79 inches
- Total fights: 33
- Record: 25-7 (1 No Contest)
Ciryl Gane record, bio
- Name: Ciryl Gane
- Nationality: French
- Born: April 12, 1990
- Height: 6-5
- Reach: 81 inches
- Total fights: 9
- Record: 9-0
UFC 265 fight card
- Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane for the interim UFC Heavyweight championship
- José Aldo vs. Pedro Munhoz; Bantamweights
- Michael Chiesa vs. Vicente Luque; Welterweights
- Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill; Women’s Strawweights
- Song Yadong vs. Casey Kenney; Bantamweights
- Bobby Green vs. Rafael Fiziev; Lightweights
- Vince Morales vs. Drako Rodriguez; Bantamweights
- Ed Herman vs. Alonzo Menifield; Light Heavyweights
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jessica Penne; Women’s Strawweights
Fight Pass Prelims
- Manel Kape vs. Ode’ Osbourne; Flyweights
- Miles Johns vs. Anderson dos Santos; Bantamweights
- Victoria Leonardo vs. Melissa Gatto; Women’s Flyweights
- Johnny Muñoz Jr. vs. Jamey Simmons; Bantamweights