UFC 265: Lewis vs. Gane Main Card Betting Odds, Preview, and Prediction

UFC 265 Lewis vs Gane

The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s premier event returns to the Toyota Center in Houston this Saturday for UFC 265: Lewis vs. Gane, with the two titular heavyweights set to clash in order to decide the next contender to Francis Ngannou’s heavyweight title. Not only that, but the rest of the main card arguably has some of the most unpredictable set of matchups in recent memory.

Read on for our odds, preview, and predictions for the main card of UFC 265: Lewis vs. Gane below. And for all the latest news and updates in and out of the Octagon, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.

UFC 265: Lewis vs. Gane Betting Odds and Preview

Where: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
When: Saturday, August 7, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
Where to watch: ESPN+

Main Event: Heavyweight Bout

Derrick Lewis (+277) vs. Ciryl Gane (-385)

Not only did Derrick Lewis recover from a significant knee injury in 2019 without a hitch, but the “Black Beast” appears to be even better than before. Lewis is on a four-fight win streak since his injury and cemented his place as the top contender to Francis Ngannou’s heavyweight title thanks to his second-round knockout of Curtis Blaydes this February.

However, perhaps an even more worthy contender to Ngannou’s crown approaches in Parisian pugilist Ciryal Gane, who’s undefeated in nine-career professional MMA fights. Three of Gane’s last four victories in the UFC have gone the distance, and the 31-year-old Frenchman will likely look to gas out and dodge most of Lewis’ power punches in hopes of handing the Texas local a loss in front of his home crowd.   

Co-Main Event: Bantamweight Bout

Jose Aldo (-116) vs. Pedro Munhoz (-109)

The All-Brazilian bantamweight brawl between Jose Aldo and Pedro Munhoz should further muddy up the title contention scene over in their weight class. Aldo, a former UFC flyweight champion, will be entering his 13th title fight in the Octagon. However, “Junior” went 0-2 in his first two fights at bantamweight until securing a decision victory over Marlon Vera last December.

Fellow 34-year-old Munhoz will also look to capitalize on his win over Jimmie Rivera this past February. The veteran from Sao Paulo is 2-2 in his last four bouts but has had more experience than Aldo going up against the elite bantamweight competition. Avenging the loss to reigning bantamweight champ Aljamain Sterling in UFC 238 will be on the back of Munhoz’s mind and will serve as his motivation to take down a living UFC legend.

 

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Welterweight Bout

Michael Chiesa (-103) vs. Vicente Luque (-122)

A fighter who’s had more success since moving up a weight class is Michael Chiesa, who is 4-0 against the stacked welterweight division to date. All three of his most recent victories were via unanimous decision and it will be fascinating to see if his crisp grappling skills can weather his next opponent’s assault.

Sanford MMA standout Vicente Luque is also on a three-fight win streak himself. But unlike Chiesa, Luque’s three victories were all via stoppage, with his first-round submission win over Tyrone Woodley earlier in March being his best showing in the Octagon by far. With four Fight of the Night bonuses in his last seven fights, “The Silent Assassin” could very well quietly deliver the best match of the night whilst also skyrocketing up the welterweight standings.

Women’s Strawweight Bout

Tecia Torres (-141) vs. Angela Hill (+111)

The odds would state that the rematch between Tecia Torres and Angela Hill will yield a similar result to their previous bout. Although Torres suffered a four-fight slump from 2018 to 2019, it appears that “Double T” is back on the right track with wins over Brianna Van Buuren and Sam Hughes last year.

Meanwhile, Hill also found herself back on the win column this past March against Ashley Yoder to end her own two-fight losing streak. It was Torres who handed the 36-year-old Maryland native her first professional defeat back in 2015, and Hill has less ring rust to shake off than her opponent on Saturday to give her a bit of an edge in hopes of getting her payback from that maiden loss. 

Bantamweight Bout

Song Yadong (-109) vs. Casey Kenney (-116)

23-year-old MMA prodigy Song Yadong began his stint in the UFC with six wins and a draw in his first seven fights for the promotion. However, the pride of Heilongjiang, China did just suffer his first loss in the Octagon this past March against Kyler Phillips.

Luckily for Song, his next opponent in Casey Kenney is also coming off a defeat at the hands of Dominic Cruz. While that loss put a quick damper on Kenney’s Fight of the Night win against Nathaniel Wood in UFC 254, the BJJ and Judo black belter did put in a ton of work in the Octagon in 2020 with four fights to just one by Song, going a respectable 3-1 that year with wins over Wood, Louis Smolka, and another Chinese fighter in Heili Alateng.

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