UFC 265: Ciryl Gane beats Derrick Lewis to win interim heavyweight title

Ciryl Gane stops Derrick Lewis, wins interim heavyweight title at UFC 265

Just over three years after Gane (10-0) made his mixed martial arts debut, the Frenchman dominated the championship bout at the Toyota Center in Lewis’ hometown.

Ciryl Gane stopped Derrick Lewis with a flurry of ground-and-pound strikes in the third round at UFC 265 on Saturday night, winning an interim UFC heavyweight title and the next shot at champion Francis Ngannou.

Gane was booed vociferously from the moment he stepped onto the arena floor, but he largely avoided every strike thrown by the slower, more deliberate Lewis before hurting the veteran and finishing him on the ground.

The popular Lewis (25-8) had won four straight fights over the past two years, revitalizing his hopes of winning his first UFC title. But he lost to Daniel Cormier in his only previous title shot three years ago, and he appeared to be overmatched against Gane.

Gane launched a huge uppercut that clipped Lewis and he continued to blast away while still being wary not to overcommit and possibly catch a haymaker in return. Finally after he hammered Lewis with another shot that finally dropped him to the canvas, Gane was firing away with punches from the top and referee Dan Miragliotta had no choice but to stop the contest.

It was an ultra-impressive showing from Gane, who is remains undefeated and now holds a piece of the heavyweight title as he awaits an eventual unification fight with Ngannou.

When asked about his expected clash with “The Predator,” Gane only had a few words for arguably one of the most terrifying knockout artists to ever compete in the UFC and a fighter he previously called a teammate.

“Let’s go,” Gane said. “Just let’s go.”