Two Heavyweights battle it out for the Interim title in the main event of UFC 265 as the ‘Black Beast’ Derrick Lewis faces off against ‘Bon Gamin’ Cyril Gane in an intriguing contest. The legend Jose Aldo looks to continue his resurgence in the co-main as he faces the divisions dark horse Pedro Munhoz and Angela Hill looks to rise back up the ranks as she meets a full of confidence Tecia Torres. All that and more on this weekend’s pay-per-view card.
UFC 265 Betting Tips
Derrick Lewis vs Cyril Gane
Heavyweight clashes like this I never like to get involved in so I will be brief. Derrick Lewis carries one shot knock out power, which while not uncommon in the Heavyweight division is still an X-Factor. Lewis has also exponentially improved in the last 24 months as his striking has become more patient and precise.
That being said Cyril Gane is technically better everywhere. If this fight was solely on paper the undefeated Frenchman would win every time. However, when taken down Lewis seems to just be able to stand back up against everyone that isn’t Daniel Cormier and his gas tank has improved to the stage, he can carry his power for all five rounds making him incredibly dangerous.
I do, however, believe Cyril Gane is technically as good if not better than everyone in the Heavyweight division, which is crazy considering how relatively new he is to the sport. Yet when everyone hits like a double decker bus, technical ability doesn’t always carry you to the top. The odds are about right and there is no way I want my money riding on this type of fight as I just don’t need that type of risk in my life.
Tecia Torres vs Angela Hill
Angela Hill is a tricky opponent for anyone to face. She prefers to fight from kickboxing range but can close the distance and overpower opponents in the clinch with her knees and combinations in tight. Early in her career her wrestling was a bit of an Achilles heel but it has developed to a point in which it is now a strength rather than a weakness.
Tecia Torres has put together two straight wins but neither were over noteworthy opponents. I expect this fight to go similar to her fight with Marina Rodriguez, where she struggled at range and can’t get it to the mat. Hill lands enough visible damage that she wins on the judges’ scorecards.
Jamey Simmons vs Johnny Munoz Jr.
Jamey Simmons entered the UFC on a nice winning streak but was met with a fierce Giga Chikadze on short notice. While he fell fairly quickly to a head kick and ground and pound, I try not to take too much out of short notice debuts for better or for worse. His opponent Johnny Munhoz Jr also failed to make his UFC debut a winning one as he dominated the first round before gassing against Nate Maness in a short notice fight of his own.
I personally believe that he would have addressed the cardio issues since and he has proven he can go five rounds previously. On the mat Munoz should be too much for Simmons and I expect he takes him down and puts him away in the first round. Even if he doesn’t manage the early finish, I doubt the cardio issues will present once more and he should be able to rack up top control on route to a dominant victory.