French kickboxer Ciryl Gane remained undefeated, won the interim heavyweight belt and earned a shot at unseating heavyweight champion Francis ‘The Predator’ Ngannou all in a night’s work against Derrick ‘The Black Beast’ Lewis this past Saturday night in the UFC 265 headliner at Toyota Center in Houston.
Gane (10-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) was dominant from start to finish against Lewis, who saw his four-fight winning streak snapped in a third-round knockout loss. Gane hooked up his betting supporters as a favorite in the -300 to -350 range.
The proposition bet for Gane to win in Round 3 paid out a return in the +800 to +900 neighborhood. For him to win by KO, his supporters garnered a payout in the +130 to +170 range. Gamblers taking ‘under’ 3.5 rounds at a -145 price were winners.
Ngannou offered props to Gane after his victory via his Twitter account:
FanDuel has installed Ngannou as a -116 favorite vs. Gane, who has a -102 price. As of early on Aug. 10, BetOnline had the looming scrap as a pick ’em (-110 eitherway). BetOnline opened Gane as a -130 ‘chalk.’
Ngannou has won five fights in a row by knockouts since dropping a unanimous decision to Lewis at UFC 226 on July 7 of 2018. Four of those KOs came in 71 seconds or fewer.
In other UFC 265 action, former featherweight champ Jose Aldo coasted to a UD win over Pedro Munhoz as a -120 favorite in the co-main event. Aldo called for a bout with former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw later this year.
Vicente Luque improved to 14-2 with 13 finishes since December of 2015 with a first-round submission win over Michael Chiesa, who lost for the first time at welterweight after winning his first four fights in the division. Chiesa appeared as if he was going to win by submission just seconds before he tapped, but Luque did an incredible job of reversing the position on the ground.
Luque and Gane bagged Performance of the Night honors along with Jessica Penne and Miles Johns. Penne defeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz via first-round submission (armbar), while Johns beat Anderson dos Santos via third-round KO.
Ngannou and Gane will probably fight in late December or early in 2022.