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Cyril Gane and the Genuine Winners and Losers from UFC 265 — UsaDots

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Lyle Fitzsimmons@@fitzbitzTwitter LogoFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2021

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    Who says 13 is downhearted?

    A baker’s dozen bouts were on the invoice for the UFC’s pay-per-look return to Houston, topped by a compelling heavyweight scrap between KO artist Derrick Lewis and kickboxing ace Ciryl Gane.

    Lewis arrived on the Toyota Heart ranked 2nd amongst contenders to champion Francis Ngannou’s throne, whereas Gane was as soon as a slot below at No. 3.

    Ngannou wasn’t ready to protect the strap he won from Stipe Miocic in March, prompting UFC czar Dana White to be conscious the bout in Lewis’ native land as an intervening time title match.

    A supplied-out crowd was as soon as in dwelling, and the UFC 265 broadcast was as soon as carried live to the masses in other places by ESPN, with the acquainted trio of Jon Anik, Dominick Cruz and Daniel Cormier on the advise desk and Megan Olivi working the rest of the room for breaking news and aspects.

    And as is outmoded on an MMA Saturday, the B/R combat sports actions workers was as soon as in situation as neatly to put off all of it in and inform together the authoritative series of winners and losers on your perusal. Exhaust a be taught at what we came up with and be conscious up by losing a opinion or two of your bear in the comments.

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    Houston, we now catch a celeb.

    But to the alarm of the fans on the Toyota Heart, it’s now not Lewis.

    As an alternative, it was as soon as Gane who dominated the thrown-together title match for every and every minute, strafing his greater, slower opponent with punches and kicks and bamboozling him with movement.

    Indirectly, it was as soon as a onerous kick to Lewis’ left leg that rendered him immobile and a be conscious-up aggregate of punches that introduced about him to flip his attend and plunge to his knees.

    Gane straight pounced and unleashed a series of 14 straight honest-handed hammer fists sooner than referee Dan Miragliotta in the slay intervened at 4: 11 of Round 3.

    And, in actual fact, it wasn’t that finish.

    “He’s a arena. He’s a arena for all of them,” Cormier acknowledged. “If he can combat love this. If he doesn’t let Francis Ngannou glean rolling downhill. Heavyweights must brawl. (Lewis) never had a likelihood. Cyril Gane lawful actually outclassed him. This man’s ready for a title. That’s all there may maybe be to it.”

    Gane turned the first Frenchman to consume a UFC title belt, and his seven-combat consume plug with the promotion is the 2nd-longest of all time in the heavyweight division.

    The closing striking numbers read 99-8 in Gane’s favor.

    And again, it didn’t seem that finish.

    Gane was as soon as clearly the faster and more athletic man from the beginning, and he repeatedly pressed the action in the outlet spherical whereas repeatedly changing stances, bouncing on hie toes and giving Lewis multiple angles and appears.

    The outlet turned more pronounced and Lewis regarded wretched on his stool following the 2nd spherical, and the leg kicks in the slay left him defenseless deep into the third.

    It was as soon as Lewis’ first loss since he dropped consecutive fights to Cormier and Junior Dos Santos in dead 2018 and early 2019. He’d won four straight since then, including two straight KOs that tied him for the UFC’s all-time heavyweight lead with 12.

    Gane, meanwhile, improved to 10-0 as an expert and didn’t hesitate to name for a showdown with Ngannou, with whom he has trained in the previous.

    “I originate now not catch any message for him. The combat’s gonna stride off,” he acknowledged. “Let’s stride. Correct let’s stride.”

    Cruz concurred.

    “This man’s ready for a title,” he acknowledged. “That’s all there may maybe be to it.”

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    Jose Aldo was as soon as nearing 35 years frail.

    He’d won lawful four of his closing nine fights.

    And he was as soon as ruthlessly crushed by then-champ Petr Yan for nearly every minute of a bout that ended in a fifth-spherical TKO lawful 13 months previously.

    So to imagine he was as soon as previous his most productive and would lose to fellow 34-year-frail Brazilian Pedro Munhoz was as soon as now not frequently an unreasonable recommendation.

    But Aldo was as soon as having none of it.

    As an alternative, the King of Rio turned attend the clock, established a brand new personal file for most famous strikes and reestablished himself as a bantamweight commodity with a optimistic-lower unanimous dedication consume over the ninth-ranked Munhoz in Saturday’s co-principal tournament.

    Aldo arrived ranked fifth and may maybe perhaps maybe survey an elevate.

    “I’ve been working a lot. I catch to be a champion in this division,” he acknowledged. “I am coaching more difficult, and you will be ready to wager that the following guys are going to glimpse a glorious more aggressive Jose Aldo.”

    The former champion at 145 kilos was as soon as faster, sharper and busier in all three rounds in opposition to Munhoz, mixing in leg kicks with frequent aggregate punching. He dropped Munhoz with a kick to the leg in the third spherical and opened a bloody slice alongside his left perceive with a be conscious-up two-punch aggregate.

    Aldo won all three rounds on all three playing cards.

    He accomplished with a 114-75 margin in most famous strikes, including edges of nine and 33 in the final two rounds after Munhoz outlanded him, 28-25, in the first five minutes.

    “That was as soon as a formidable efficiency,” Cormier acknowledged. “You show me, how is he at this age and aloof convalescing?”     

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    Vicente Luque is now not on the total the callout kind.

    But a submission consume over streaking welterweight Michael Chiesa was as soon as a assorted occasion.

    So the Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace broke character and called his shot in the aftermath.

    “Kamaru Usman asked the welterweights to point him something,” Luque acknowledged. “I speak I’ve been exhibiting. I speak or now not it is our time. I am the appropriate man up there you have not fought but.”

    Already the sixth-ranked challenger at 170 kilos, Luque staked his claim by forcing No. 5 contender Chiesa to tap out from a D’Arce choke at 3: 25 of the first of a scheduled three rounds.

    Usman rapid spoke back on Twitter, asserting the 2 warring parties will possible be “dancing soon.”

    The live ended a tumultuous stretch that began when Chiesa countered a Luque punch by executing a double-leg takedown and chasing a rear-bare choke submission. Luque admitted the maneuver was as soon as 80 percent locked in, but he spun out and defended as Chiesa subsequently chased an armbar.

    Luque slid out of that anxiety, too, after which worked his honest arm below Chiesa’s chin, cinched it in with his left arm and isolated Chiesa’s honest arm whereas doing so, forcing the renounce.

    “As soon as he was as soon as in the placement where I could maybe perhaps maybe sink in the D’Arce,” Luque acknowledged, “or now not it is in actual fact onerous to glean out.”

    The submission consume was as soon as the 13th live of his UFC occupation, inserting him 2nd on the division’s all-time checklist.

    “That was as soon as crazy,” Cormier acknowledged. “He is an right contender now. That you just may now not ignore Vicente Luque anymore.”

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    2nd verse, same because the first.

    Correct love she had in their initial meeting greater than six years previously—June 13, 2015, to be precise—Tecia Torres usual superior speed, vitality and work payment to most productive prolonged-term strawweight opponent Angela Hill on the reach to a three-spherical, unanimous dedication.

    The three judges scored it 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

    B/R also had it 30-27.

    The consume was as soon as Torres’ ninth in her occupation amongst the UFC’s strawweights, giving her the 2nd-most octagonal victories in the division’s history. And it effectively attach to relaxation a contention that had gone from the cage to social media and in other places.

    “I am delighted,” Torres acknowledged. “She acknowledged the first time I beat her was as soon as her first UFC combat. But now that I’ve crushed her twice, I is now not going to must hear that excuse anymore.”

    The winner had margins of 18 and 21 in most famous strikes through the first two rounds, respectively, sooner than the outlet narrowed to lawful nine strikes in a more aggressive closing spherical.

    “I am surely an elite striker,” Torres acknowledged, “surely one of essentially the most productive strikers in the division.”

    She entered the combat ranked 10th, two slots earlier than Hill, and called for a top-five opponent for her subsequent foe.

    “Tecia Torres fought an incredible, winning combat tonight,” Cormier acknowledged.

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    Rafael Fiziev is a man who enjoys his work.

    The 28-year-frail from Kyrgyzstan smiles, taps himself on the chin and drops in the occasional primal bawl as he pursues his aggressive quarry in the Octagon.

    And matched with respected stale lightweight Bobby Inexperienced, he had a entertaining dance partner.

    “I originate now not know that there’s two guys on this card that catch this well-known showmanship,” Cruz acknowledged. “They clearly revel in what they’re doing.”

    The two blended for a 15-minute scrap that was as soon as both wildly combative and theatrical, matching every assorted gesture for gesture sooner than Fiziev was as soon as awarded a unanimous dedication.

    One assume gave him all three rounds, whereas the various two gave him two of three and a 29-28 margin.

    B/R agreed with the bulk and saw it one point in Fiziev’s favor.

    “Enormous appreciate for this man,” acknowledged the victorious Fiziev, who emerged with a corrupt red abrasion below his left perceive. “Here’s an right gangster.”

    A gathering crowd in Houston booed the verdict, largely for the reason that 34-year-frail Inexperienced was as soon as a optimistic winner in the third spherical, landing the cleaner and heavier punches that tempered Fiziev’s consistent aggression from the initial 10 minutes. The younger man had managed the first 10 minutes by the same solutions, catching Inexperienced with shots that landed despite his low-handed, shoulder-rolling defense.

    Inexperienced did out-land Fiziev by reach of mighty strikes, winning by a 143-104 margin. Inexperienced concentrated well-known of his assault to the head, whereas Fiziev had a more concentrated assault on the body and legs—landing 26 and 31 strikes to those targets, respectively.

    “You survey my face,” Fiziev acknowledged. “How repeatedly did I luxuriate in his jab, or luxuriate in assorted punches?”

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    Principles matter.

    Flyweight Manel Kape was as soon as understandably pleased after starching Ode’ Osbourne with a flying knee with 16 seconds closing in the first spherical of their preliminary bout.

    So well-known so, in actual fact, that the former Rizin champion seized the microphone from Cormier for the length of the post-combat interview and acknowledged his case for a efficiency bonus in an obscenity-laced rant.

    And he will catch had a case were it now not for Friday.

    Unfortunately for him, the combat came a chunk greater than 24 hours after he’d badly missed weight—tipping in at 129, three kilos previous the contracted limit. As a result, he now not excellent was as soon as penalized 20 percent of his reported $90,000 putrid purse but also disqualified from consideration for bonuses.

    Bonus or now not, the knee was as soon as a thing of class, coming as Osbourne simultaneously dipped and Kape sprang, resulting in a squawk connection on Osbourne’s chin.

    Kape accomplished the maneuver with a two-handed shove, pushing Osbourne to his attend, where four more ground strikes drew a rescue from referee Jeff Rexroad.

    The winner is 16-6 overall and 1-2 in the UFC.

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    Conception your work. Work your understanding.

    It’s now not lawful a rhetorical mannequin anymore.

    Bantamweight Miles Johns and his teaching workers had a optimistic strategy for their bout in opposition to Anderson dos Santos, and or now not it is onerous to deem it going better than it did.

    The Dallas-based mostly fully fighter staked a claim for efficiency-bonus money with surely one of many prettiest KOs you will ever survey, blasting his Brazilian foe into semi-consciousness with a one-two aggregate that ended the scheduled three-rounder at 1: 16 of the final session.

    “The sport understanding is to search out our targets,” Johns acknowledged on the published. “We bought all these instruments in our arsenal, and we inform out whatever ones we need in the combat.”

    He began by battering his foe’s legs with kicks, rendering dos Santos unable to switch spherical the cage. Johns then began chopping away on the body to instructed a stationary dos Santos to tumble his fingers.

    The closing sequence was as soon as a fitting be conscious-up, with Johns landing a onerous left hook to the body sooner than coming over the pause with a honest hand that laid the Brazilian flat on his attend and introduced about a squawk wave-off from referee Kerry Hatley.

    It was as soon as also a stress-free return to Houston after Johns was as soon as stopped in two rounds on the Toyota Heart on the undercard of the UFC 247 indicate in February 2020.

    “To come attend right here and glean redemption,” he acknowledged, “it feels so, so enormous.”

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    Victoria Leonardo knew the sensation.

    The Louisiana-based mostly fully flyweight exited Dana White’s Contender Sequence with a consume closing plunge but was as soon as foiled in her UFC debut when she suffered a honest arm damage in opposition to Manon Fiorot in January.

    So when it came about again in the 2nd spherical of a Saturday evening combat with Melissa Gatto, it wasn’t onerous to predict the ending.

    Leonardo went to her corner on the 10-minute label and suggested her coach that her honest arm “wasn’t working” but insisted she may maybe perhaps maybe combat through it. Soundless, referee Jacob Montalvo summoned the cageside physician for a be taught and the physician pulled the traipse after interestingly feeling a crack in the ulna bone.

    The reliable result was as soon as a TKO on the tip of two rounds, and it was as soon as greeted by Leonardo falling to her knees and punching the mat in frustration.

    It was as soon as Gatto’s first UFC consume and first combat in any MMA promotion since July 2018.

    “I did feel it reasonably bit [when the injury occurred],” acknowledged Gatto, who landed 70 most famous strikes to Leonardo’s 43 and scored the combat’s lone takedown. “I feel rotten for her.”

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    Fundamental Card

    Ciryl Gane def. Derrick Lewis by TKO (punches), 4: 11, Round 3

    Jose Aldo def. Pedro Munhoz by unanimous dedication (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

    Vicente Luque def. Michael Chiesa by submission (D’Arce choke), 3: 25, Round 1

    Tecia Torres def. Angela Hill by unanimous dedication (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

    Tune Yadong def. Casey Kenney by damage up dedication (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

    Preliminary Card

    Rafael Fiziev def. Bobby Inexperienced by unanimous dedication (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

    Vince Morales def. Drako Rodriguez by unanimous dedication (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

    Alonzo Menifield def. Ed Herman by unanimous dedication (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

    Jessica Penne def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz by submission (armbar), 4: 32, Round 1

    Manel Kape def. Ode’ Osbourne by KO (flying knee), 4: 44, Round 1

    Miles Johns def. Anderson Dos Santos by KO (punches), 1: 16, Round 3

    Melissa Gatto def. Victoria Leonardo by TKO (physician’s stoppage), 5: 00, Round 2

    Johnny Munoz def. Jamey Simmons by submission (rear-bare choke), 2: 35, Round 2

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