Ciryl Gane captured the UFC interim heavyweight championship at UFC 265 without taking so much as a scratch on his face.

Gane dominated Derrick Lewis from bell to bell, breaking down the heavyweight knockout leader at distance before moving in to finish at the 4:11 mark of the third round.

Gane will now move on to face undisputed heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou, whose request for one-month delay led to the decision to put up an interim title.

Seeing hometown favorite Lewis lose, the crowd at the Toyota Center was far more happy for UFC 265’s co-headliner Jose Aldo cruise to victory in a masterful performance over Pedro Munhoz.

Here’s what fighters had to say about UFC 265.


Impressive performance from Gane !

He’s now a legit contender.

See you soon boy. When you know you know. #ufc265

— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) August 8, 2021

Man gane put on a clinic he’s a problem

— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) August 8, 2021

Jones vs Francis vs gane vs stipe fatal four way match

— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) August 8, 2021

France wins the interim heavyweight title.

— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) August 8, 2021

Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane is going to be something else . Shiiii Dana what’s your cashapp, take my money right now #ufc265

— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) August 8, 2021

Man as much as a beast I think Gane is it still doesn’t feel right calling him “champ” feel like he’s got to beat a couple more dudes to get that title ‍♂️

— Deron Winn (@DeronWinn) August 8, 2021

He’s a real problem! I’m super excited about the unification fight! If I am team @francis_ngannou I’m game plan meeting right now! We haven’t seen a heavyweight like this with these abilities!

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) August 8, 2021


135 aldo beats 155 mcgregor

— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) August 8, 2021

After all the years and all the fights it’s remarkable to see @josealdojunior still evolving. A truly special and inspiring fighter #ufc265

— Frank Mir (@thefrankmir) August 8, 2021

When someone ask me,

What is a dream fight past or present regardless of weight class?

Aldo has to be on top of that list.

His legendary status and the way he carries himself is something to applaud. #UFC265

— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) August 8, 2021


Man that was a smooth transition

— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) August 8, 2021



Don’t be upset when you leave it to the judges.

— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) August 8, 2021

I was going to tweet that the fight was so close that it didn’t matter how Texas judges fucked up the scoring… 30-27?? I was wrong. #UFC265

— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) August 8, 2021

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