Ciryl Gane stuns Derrick Lewis, wins interim HW title

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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Ronel Blanco pitched seven strong innings and Chas McCormick homered twice to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Yordan Alvarez added a two-run shot to help Houston extend its winning streak to four games.

Blanco (8-2), who threw seven hitless innings in his last start, allowed four hits and a run with three strikeouts for his third straight win.

Alvarez put the Astros on top with his 16th homer, which came off Corbin Burnes (8-3) in the third, and McCormick made it 4-1 in the fifth. McCormick got his fifth career multihomer game when he connected again in the eighth.

Burnes allowed five hits, including a season-high two homers and a season-most four runs in seven innings to snap his career-best streak of 10 consecutive quality starts. He was 5-0 in seven starts since a loss at Washington on May 7.

Jordan Westburg homered in the second for the Orioles, who set a franchise record with 21 straight games with a home run to surpass the 1998 squad's 20-game streak.

Baltimore had troubled stringing hits together Saturday after scoring 28 runs combined in the last two games. The top four batters in their order combined to go 1 for 13 against Blanco and Houston's bullpen.

Ryan Pressly threw a scoreless eighth before Josh Hader struck out two in a perfect ninth to end it.

Westburg connected off Blanco with one out in the second to put the Orioles up 1-0.

Yainer Diaz opened Houston’s second with a triple on a line drive to right field. The Astros tied it when he scored on a sacrifice fly by Mauricio Dubón with one out.

McCormick singled with no outs in the third and the shot to center field by Alvarez came with two outs to put Houston on top 3-1.

McCormick’s home run to the seats in left field extended the lead to 4-1 with one out in the fifth.

Cedric Mullins tripled off the wall in center with one out in the seventh. Colton Cowser hit a sharp line drive, but was robbed of a hit when shortstop Jeremy Peña made a leaping catch for the second out. Blanco then retired Ramón Urías to end the inning and leave Mullins stranded.


Astros: RHP Jake Bloss, who made his major league debut Friday night, was placed on the injured list with right shoulder discomfort.


Astros: RHP Nick Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land on Friday night. ... LHP Bryan King was selected to the MLB roster and RHP Luis Contreras was recalled from Sugar Land on Saturday. … RHP Alex Speas was designated for assignment.


Houston LHP Framber Valdez (5-5, 3.91 ERA) opposes RHP Albert Suárez (3-1, 2.05) in the series finale Sunday.

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