UFC 247 Mixed Martial Arts
Derrick Lewis, right, connects with a kick to Ilir Latifi during a heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 247 on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)


Houston, TX will be the home to UFC 265 on Saturday night when #2 ranked Derrick Lewis (25-7) will fight #3 ranked Ciryl Gane (9-0) for the Heavyweight interim belt. 

Lewis has gone a perfect 4-0 since undergoing knee surgery in the spring of 2019. In February, Lewis scored a spectacular KO of Curtis Blaydes and cemented himself atop the Heavyweight rankings. This was one of many of Derrick Lewis’ highlight reel knockouts as he has recorded many throughout his UFC career. 

Undefeated at 9-0, Gane will look to continue his perfect record in the UFC. The France native will look to beat his biggest opponent yet with the interim belt on the line. 

This will be an entertaining one where a feared knockout artist will clash with a well-rounded and strategic fighter. Ciryl Gane comes in as the heavy favorite at -380 and Lewis at +290. This is a line that makes sense as Derrick Lewis is not known for his technical abilities so his only real chance at a win would be a KO/TKO. Gane has shown how good he is technically and seems to be the better athlete out of the two. 

Analysis & Picks 

These two have never fought, but the experience is definitely an advantage for Derrick Lewis. Though, this is probably one of the only advantages for Lewis. Gane is a tough task for him as he is fresh and has showed his abilities to fight in every category of MMA. If Gane can control the pace of this fight, I believe he has a great chance at winning the interim belt. Derrick Lewis will be looking for one of his patented KO’s with his home crowd behind him. Though, I believe Gane will fight smart and avoid any sort of dangerous blows and I have him via decision. 

Ciryl Gane  -380  

O/U 4.5 Rds – Over (+150)

In the co-main event we will see Brazilian legend, Jose Aldo (29-7) clash against Pedro Munhoz (19-5) in a bantamweight bout. Aldo and Munhoz will both be looking to put their name at the top of the bantamweight division to hopefully get a chance at the belt next. 

Jose Aldo is coming off a unanimous decision win over Marlon Vera last December. We have seen flashes of the old Jose Aldo in his last three fights and has brought hope to fight fans that he has another run in him to get to a championship fight. 

Last time out, Munhoz was able to win his rematch fight against Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision after losing their first fight via split decision. 

This should be a fast-paced fight as both guys have similar fight styles. Aldo comes in as a slight favorite at -115 and Munhoz at -105. This is a really good fight and is basically a toss up for who is going to win. I’ll take Munhoz to win as Aldo has already been at the top of the division and I believe he will never be the same after his loss to Mcgregor. 

Pedro Munhoz  -105

O/U 2.5 Rds – Over (-225)

In a Welterweight bout, Michael Chiesa (18-4) will take on Vicente Luque (20-7-1). The #5 and #6 ranked opponents will battle it out in a fight that will have huge implications for their futures. Chiesa will be looking for his fifth consecutive victory since moving up to the welterweight division. 

Vicente Luque will enter Saturday’s fight with a three fight stoppage win streak. The Brazilian has been showing his serious power especially in his last bout where he KOed the former champ, Tyron Woodley. 

This is another very close fight that should entertain fight fans in Houston. Luque comes in as a slight favorite at -115 and Chiesa at -105. This fight has the potential to be a war and I’m here for it. I’ll take my chances with Vicente Luque as I think his power could be too much for Michael Chiesa. 

Vicente Luque  -115

O/U 2.5 Rds – Under (+110)

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