UFC 265 rolls into Houston, Texas this weekend — right in Derrick Lewis’ back yard.
The PPV event, which recently lost a title fight when Amanda Nunes tested positive for COVID-19, will crown an interim heavyweight champion when Lewis takes on the undefeated Ciryl Gane. While the necessity of that interim belt can and should be debated, it shouldn’t lessen the anticipation for the fight by any means — as the sold out Toyota Center proves.
Aside from Lewis vs. Gane, there’s a key bantamweight scrap between Jose Aldo and Pedro Munhoz also featured on the card. Not to mention a welterweight showdown between Michael Chiesa and Vicente Luque (a booking first reported by Cageside Press) that could leave the winner in title contention.
In a change of pace, the UFC had the full main card on hand for Thursday’s pre-fight press conference. You can watch the affair in the live stream embedded above starting at 6PM ET. The full card as it stands to date is below.
UFC 265: Lewis vs. Gane
Main Card (PPV)
Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane
Bantamweight: José Aldo vs. Pedro Munhoz
Welterweight: Michael Chiesa vs. Vicente Luque
Women’s Strawweight: Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill
Bantamweight: Song Yadong vs. Casey Kenney
Preliminary card (ESPN / TSN)
Lightweight: Bobby Green vs. Rafael Fiziev
Bantamweight: Vince Morales vs. Drako Rodriguez
Light Heavyweight: Ed Herman vs. Alonzo Menifield
Women’s Strawweight: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jessica Penne
Early preliminary card (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass)
Flyweight: Manel Kape vs. Ode Osbourne
Bantamweight: Miles Johns vs. Anderson dos Santos
Women’s Flyweight: Victoria Leonardo vs. Melissa Gatto
Bantamweight: Johnny Muñoz Jr. vs. Jamey Simmons