We will have another big fight night on our hands this Saturday in the UFC, which is something that we will get to later, but for now we are going to jump ahead to UFC 265. That event goes on August 7th and will feature a pair of title fights. We will have Amanda Nunes defending her Bantamweight title against Julianna Pena as the co-main event, but for the purposes of this piece, we are going to be looking at Derrick Lewis Vs Ciryl Gane, which is for the Interim Heavyweight Championship. Let’s take a closer look at this fight and the impact it might have on the Heavyweight division so you can get ready to bet against their UFC odds.
UFC 265: Lewis Vs Gane: Early Odds, Predictions, Possible Rematch
The Winner Will NOT be the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Before we get into the details of this matchup, it is worth noting that this in an interim title bout. What that means is that the winner will most likely face undisputed champion Francis Ngannou next. Ngannou won the title back in March and his camp is more than a little surprised that an interim title fight has already been put on the cards. If he does fight the winner of this one next, he is looking at several months before that takes place.
Records and Form of Lewis and Gane
Lewis comes into this fight with a record of 25-7 and a run that has seen him win each of his last 4 fights. Interestingly enough, he has a victory over Ngannou, a decision win that came back in 2018. He is ranked #3 in the Heavyweight division coming into this one. This is far and away the biggest fight of Ciryl Gane’s career. He has had 9 professional fights, all of which he has won, and while he has had some big wins in that run, this is arguably his toughest matchup yet.
Odds and Predictions
With the edge in experience, plus a win over NGannou, you might be excused for thinking that Derrick Lewis would be in as the favorite here. It is in fact Ciryl Gane who has that distinction, as he is currently at -340, while Lewis is +265. The fact that Gane is unbeaten and has some big wins over his last few fights probably is the bookies are leaning in this direction, but this is not going to be an easy fight for him
The bookies seem to be of the opinion that this one has a real shot at going the distance, as the OVER/UNDER for this fight is set at 4 ½. When you consider that both of these men have some serious stopping power in their fists, it might not be a bad idea to take a look at the UNDER, which you can get at odds of -160. If you like it to go the distance, then you are looking at +130.
I tend to like to go with experience in big fights, but it is hard to look at Gane and not see a potential champion. I am on Gane to get the win and the UNDER.