Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White had to be persuaded to let Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane get as close as they did at their star down at the UFC 265 pre-fight press conference (see press release here).
Lewis (25-7) and Gane (9-0) went head-to-head in Thursday’s duel in front of UFC 265, which was played on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas via ESPN + pay Foot against each other at -pro-view (PPV). “The Black Beast” wanted to get very close to its opponent; However, White was reluctant to allow this to happen after various physical altercations at faceoffs. The UFC boss gave in and everything went smoothly.
The winner of Lewis (# 2) vs. Gane (# 3) will become the rightful challenger to the crown of UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. Other notable fights on the map include the ranked bantam weights Jose Aldo co-headlining Pedro Munhoz, as well as Michael Chiesa versus Vicente Luque, Tecia Torres versus Angela Hill, and Song Yadong versus Casey Kenney.
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