UFC 265 REACTION

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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TEXANS MAKE SURPRISING CUT

Texans to release prominent player on defense

Zach Cunningham is on his way out of Houston. Composite image by Jack Brame.

According to multiple reports, the Texans are waiving LB Zach Cunningham. Cunningham was benched last Sunday for disciplinary reasons, which reportedly stemmed from a missed COVID test. Cunningham was also benched for a quarter earlier in the season for breaking team rules.

According to Ian Rapoport, the Texans will have to eat his 12.8 million dollar cap hit next season.

Cunningham started in seven of the 10 games he’s played this season recording 67 tackles and a forced fumble. The Texans are at a point where there's hardly anyone left on the team that has any name recognition with what's left of the fan base. And now the Texans have another position that will have to be addressed this offseason.

Cunningham will likely command a lot of attention from other teams interested in his services.

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