Two championship belts will be on the line when mixed martial arts returns to the Toyota Center in Houston on August 7 for UFC 265. Derrick Lewis will be looking to claim the interim UFC heavyweight title when he battles undefeated Frenchman Ciryl Gane as a lengthy underdog in the night’s main event. The ladies step into the spotlight in the evening’s co-main event. Amanda Nunes seeks to defend her UFC women’s bantamweight title for a fifth time as she clashed with the No. 5 contender in the division, Julianna Pena, as a heavy favourite.
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Black Beast Showing Winning Form
Derrick Lewis makes his second career bid for a UFC championship belt when he takes on Cyril Gane at UFC 265. “The Black Beast” suffered a second-round loss by submission in his previous bid for the UFC heavyweight title against Daniel Cormier at UFC 230. The popular 36-year-old followed up with a disappointing third-round TKO loss to Junior dos Santos that earned Fight of the Night honours at UFC Fight Night 146 but has shown steady improvement since.
Derrick Lewis doing this to Curtis Blaydes really isn’t talked about enough pic.twitter.com/fLvWENxZP3
— Jason Williams (@jasoneg33) May 1, 2021
Lewis recently returned to familiar form, posting second-round knockout wins over Aleksei Oleinik and Curtis Blaydes at UFC Vegas 6 and UFC Vegas 19, respectively. The victory over Blaydes proved to be particularly gratifying for loyal sports bettors, with a $20 bet on the former Legacy FC heavyweight champion paying out as much as $80. But can the Louisiana native pull off two straight victories as a heavy underdog?
Can Lewis Survive a Marathon Clash?
Despite his recent success, Lewis has failed to make a breakthrough on the UFC 265 odds, with a $20 bet at 10bet (3.90) on the Black Beast set to produce a return of $78. While Lewis has seen three of his past six victories come by decision, he has regularly demonstrated his ability to finish opponents during his 11-year pro MMA career, with 20 of his 25 career wins coming by knockout.
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It’s heating up, and Jon Jones hasn’t even arrived yet. 😳 pic.twitter.com/uew9Ph88YP
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However, it is uncertain how Lewis will fare in a marathon clash with Gane, who has seen each of his past two outings go a full five rounds. While Lewis is no stranger to the main event spotlight, he has limited experience fighting in championship rounds, with just two of his 33 career fights lasting longer than three rounds.
Undefeated Frenchman on the Rise
Gane recently passed the endurance test with his recent wins over Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Alexander Volkov, which also proved to silence the naysayers who questioned whether the Frenchman could compete against UFC heavyweights. Indeed, Gane has been nothing short of dominant since joining the UFC two years ago. After making his mark in Quebec by claiming the TKO heavyweight crown, and going on to successfully defend his belt with a pair of crushing wins, “Bon Gamin” wasted no time establishing himself as a bona fide contender for the UFC heavyweight crown. Gane finished opponents inside two rounds in three of his first four Octagon appearances and now sports an unblemished 9-0 pro-MMA record.
But what makes Gane such a strong bet to remain perfect at UFC 265 is his Muay Thai experience. In addition to his unbeaten MMA record, the 31-year-old also sports a 13-0 pro kickboxing record. That skill and experience adds a huge dynamic to Gane’s arsenal and should serve him well against hard-hitting Lewis. The challenge for sports bettors between now and fight night is finding the best betting value for Gane. Currently, that exists at Betway (1.30), where a $20 bet on Gane to claim the interim title pays out $26.
Expect Nunes to Face Challenge from Pena
Finding betting value is also a major challenge for sports bettors getting on the UFC 265 co-main event. Fresh off her crushing first-round submission win over Megan Anderson while defending her UFC women’s featherweight title at UFC 259, Nunes will be back fighting at 135 pounds for the first time since her five-round unanimous decision win over Germaine de Randamie at UFC 245.
Overall, the “Lioness” has won 12 straight fights, with seven of those victories coming inside of five minutes, and currently offers the best value at 888 Sport (1.13), where a $20 bet on her to defeat Pena pays out just 22.60. But while there may be an irresistible urge to jump on betting props, when available, favouring Nunes to end things early, sports bettors should think twice.
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Pena enters the octagon sporting a somewhat checkered, with losses in two of her past four fights. That is reflected on the odds, with a $20 bet at Spin Sports (7.00) on the “Venezuela Vixen” to claim the title promising a tidy payout of $140. But while victory is likely out of reach for Pena, a long hard battle is not. The 31-year-old has seen three of her past six fights decided by the judges and is well-positioned to do it again against Nunes.
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The End is Near for Jose Aldo
Earlier in the evening, a pair of bantamweight rivals looking to overcome recent struggles clash. Former champion Jose Aldo is coming off a unanimous decision win over Marlon Vera at UFC Vegas 17, and has emerged as a slim favourite is his upcoming clash with Pedro Munhoz. A $20 bet at Betway (1.68) on Aldo winning two in a row for the first time in two years pays out $33.60.
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Munhoz has earned just one win in his past three fights, but held his own in recent losses to current UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling and Frankie Edgar, with each of those defeats coming by decision. Look for “The Young Punisher” to build on that experience with a victory over a fading legend at UFC 265, with a $20 bet at 10bet (2.25) paying out a tidy $45.