Ciryl Gane’s star shined bright in enemy territory at UFC 265. The unbeaten heavyweight delivered a near-flawless showing against one of the sport’s hardest hitters and in turn, secured France’s first UFC championship.
In the event’s co-headliner, Jose Aldo implemented a vintage performance, proving he’s still a contender at bantamweight. Speaking of contenders, enter Vicente Luque into the upper echelon of the welterweight division following his fourth straight finish victory. Several other notable outings added to a riveting UFC 265 card.
UFC 265 Takeaways
Gane Sets Up Meeting With Ngannou
As long as the UFC 265 main event lasted, Ciryl Gane was in complete control, despite being the far less experienced fighter than Derrick Lewis. The fact that “Bom Gamin” began training MMA full time just three years ago is nothing shy of remarkable. His flawless performance has people craving to see him and Francis Ngannou meet inside the cage.
Numbers-wise, Gane out-struck Lewis 112 to 16. He’s now out-classed Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Alexander Volkov, and “The Black Beast” all on the feet. The French product is a code that the best strikers in the division have yet to crack.
Aldo Proves Worthy of Contendership
The legend that is Jose Aldo grew to even greater lengths with his victory over Pedro Munhoz at UFC 265. The future Hall of Famer looked almost as good as ever in several aspects. His hands were lightning-fast and precise. His defense was on point and his physique was statuesque.
The win inserted Aldo right back into the top-contender mix, joining the likes of Rob Font, Cory Sandhagen, and TJ Dillashaw. The 34-year-old already expressed interest in fighting Dillashaw, but either Font or Sandhagen appears as the more likely next step. Regardless, the Brazilian is clearly still as hungry for championship status as when he was in the mid-2010s.
Kape Saves His Job
To say that Manel Kape was in big need of a victory at UFC 265 would be an understatement. In fact, after missing weight, there’s a real chance that he was fighting for his job against Ode Osbourne. Credit the former RIZIN star for answering the bell with a show-stealing flying knee knockout.
The early ongoings of the fight were reminiscent of his first two UFC appearances in the sense that he was very willing to wait back and look for counters. Yet, when he struck it was with cobra-like quickness. We’ll see if this performance pushes the 27-year-old towards the flyweight top-15, somewhere he strongly believes he belongs.
Fiziev and Green Put On a Masterclass
One of, if not the most entertaining fight of the night was Rafael Fiziev vs Bobby Green. Their styles just matched perfectly with one another. Fiziev’s power and kicking game against Green’s hands-down approach was a sight to behold.
Green got off to a slow start, but the third round was all his and if it were a five-round affair most would agree he’d be favored heading into the later rounds. Even so, it was a great stepping stone in the rising and promising career of Fiziev. Meanwhile, Green proved he can duke it out with the young studs of the division. A phenomenal fight.
UFC 265 Results
Heavyweight: Ciryl Gane def. Derrick Lewis via TKO, Rd. 3
Bantamweight: Jose Aldo def. Pedro Munhoz via UD (30-27 x3)
Welterweight: Vicente Luque def. Michael Chiesa via SUB (D’arce) Rd. 1
Strawweight: Tecia Torres def. Angela Hill via UD (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Song Yadong def. Casey Kenney via SD (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Lightweight: Rafael Fiziev def. Bobby Green via UD (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Bantamweight: Vince Morales def. Drako Rodriguez via UD (30-27, 29-28, x2)
Light-Heavyweight: Alonzo Menifield def. Ed Herman via UD (30-27, x3)
Strawweight: Jessica Penne def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via SUB (armbar), Rd. 1
Flyweight: Manel Kape def. Ode Osbourne via KO, Rd. 1
Bantamweight: Miles Johns def. Anderson Dos Santos via KO, Rd. 3
Flyweight (W): Melissa Gatto def. Victoria Leonardo via TKO (doctor’s stoppage), Rd. 2
Bantamweight: Johnny Munoz def. Jamey Simmons via SUB (RNC), Rd. 2
Bonus Awards: FOTN-Rafael Fiziev vs Bobby Green/POTN-Gane, Luque, Penne, Johns
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