Ciryl Gane stuns Derrick Lewis, wins interim HW title

Derrick Lewis took on the undefeated young gun, Ciryl Gane. Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images.

Houston fight fans showed up and were loud on Saturday night at UFC 265, unfortunately the hometown hero, Derrick Lewis, did not. Toyota center was packed full of screaming fight fans ready to cheer on Derrick, as he took on the talented Ciryl Gane for the interim Heavyweight Championship. While this matchup was the Main event and the only title fight, several other fights on the main card were just as exciting.

The first fight on the main card went the distance between Bantamweight Song Yadong from China and Casey Kenney out of Portland, Oregon. Yadong, entered the bout at 16-5-1 despite being only 23 years old. While Kenney showed plenty heart, Yadong was convincing in his split decision victory, out striking Kenney 121-85. During the post-fight press conference, Dana White said "If Yadong is this good at 23, imagine how good he will be at 27." Clearly, Yadong has a bright future in the UFC.

The second of 5 bouts on the main card also went the full three rounds between 12-5 Strawweight Tecia Torres and 13-9 Angela Hill. The fight seemed to lean in Tecia's favor right out of the gate. The Tiny Tornado, as she is so rightfully nicknamed, was awarded a unanimous decision victory for her dominance, out striking Hill 166 to 99, with 144 of those strikes being deemed significant.

The first fight that did not go all three rounds was a shocking submission victory for the very impressive welterweight Vicente Luque. Facing off against Michael Chiesa, known for his wrestling abilility, Luque was able to submit the 18-4 veteran Chiesa with a D'arce Choke in the first round, leaving the entire arena in awe. Dana White said after the fight that, Vicente Luque should be in the conversation for best welterweight in the world.

Jose Aldo, a fan favorite was put to the test in the fourth bout. The former UFC Featherweight Champion took on the 19-5 Pedro Munhoz. Munhoz, nicknamed "The Young Punisher", did not live up to his name on this night, as Jose Aldo dominated all three rounds convincingly. Seemingly returning to championship form, Jose Aldo was awarded a unanimous victory for his performance. Aldo, now 30-7 in his career, says he is on a mission to become champion once again.

The night was almost over at Toyota center, but there was still one more huge fight to go. Houston's own Derrick Lewis took on the undefeated young gun, Ciryl Gane for the Interim Heavyweight Championship. Houston showed up in force and made their presence known in support of their guy, but it was not meant to be on this night.

Ciryl, already in hostile territory, trolled the Houston crowd by using legendary Houston single "Still Tippin" as his ring walk song. The unrelenting boos began to rain down on Ciryl Gane, but it didn't seem to faze him as he went on to finish the fight convincingly by TKO in the third round. Dana White said after the fight that "This was Ciryl Gane's coming out party." The toughest challenge for Gane however, is still yet to come as Dana White has made it very clear his next fight will be a Heavyweight Unification bout against Undisputed Heavyweight Champion, Francis Ngannou.

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The Houston Texans have just a couple of practices before their preseason debut. Here are 11 observations from Tuesday’s workout.

1.The offense stunk on Tuesday. It was inconsistent and resembled more of last year’s disappointing performances than any other practices in this training camp.

2. Davis Mills and his receivers had a few miscommunications on Tuesday. Mills sailed a pass to nobody when he and Brandin Cooks weren’t on the same page. There were some other throws to nowhere in the day. It was something that hadn’t been present at all in training camp to this point.

3. There were a few “good coverage” notes on Tuesday. Not to say there was one specific player, but a handful of team-level efforts that led to the note.

4. It wasn’t all wrong from the offense. After a pass to nowhere Davis Mills and the offense bounced back. It was a second down during a team drill and Mills fired a pass to Chris Moore for six yards. Rex Burkhead would pick up a first down on a rush a play later. A non-positive play last year on first down doomed this team. That hopefully won’t be the case for this year’s team.

5. Chad Beebe is going into his fifth season in the NFL, his first with the Texans. The former Vikings pass catcher has flashed a few times in training camp. He has an uphill battle being new to the team but is trying to make himself a factor.

6. Phillip Dorsett had a big catch over the middle. Davis Mills stood back and delivered as the offensive line held up and Dorsett reeled it in for a huge gain. No defenders were around him. It is between Dorsett and Chris Moore for the chance to be the slot wideout opening day. With Dorsett’s return to practice, it is becoming a fun camp battle.

7.Speaking of returns to practice, Tytus Howard was back. Howard has his reps managed and after practice, offensive line coach George Warhop Howard was “getting his wind” back. When Howard was having his reps managed rookie tackle Austin Deculus played at right tackle. Deculus looks much more consistent than minicamp and OTAs.

8. Kenyon Green is still out with an injury. It is getting to a critical time where the time missed might prevent the first-rounder from starting week one. Max Scharping hasn’t looked bad in his chances with the first team. Offensive line coach George Warhop said they believe in Green and his ability and he has been in meetings to stay up to date.

9. Ka’imi Fairbairn was perfect in one of the special team periods. He drilled all five kicks, each further than the last, and was crushing the football.

10. Derek Stingley was very sticky in some early reps on Nico Collins. The third overall pick is so smooth when he is working. Later his coverage forced a throw from the offense that had no chance of being completed.

11. The play of the day was made by Derek Stingley. The offense was about five or six yards out of the end zone needing a touchdown to win. With six seconds left on the clock, any completed pass that wasn’t a touchdown was game over. Davis Mills dropped back a step and fired to Nico Collins who Stingley covered. The rookie kept the second-year player out of the end zone to earn the defense a win. This was one of the better Stingley days and he did a lot of work. At one point, it looked as though he and Rex Burkhead had some words and almost led to an offense and defense scuffle, but it stayed to just some shouting. The rookie shined today.

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