The fairytale story wasn’t to be for Derrick Lewis in his hometown of Houston as Cyril Gane claimed the interim UFC heavyweight title at UFC 265.
The entire pay-per-view had been constructed round The Black Beast getting his fingers on the title in entrance of his adoring followers, however they needed to watch him endure a TKO loss to the dominant Gane within the third spherical as an alternative.
The top got here when Gane acquired Lewis up in opposition to the cage and blasted him with kicks to the leg and physique earlier than unleashing a punching mixture which clearly damage the hometown hero. Lewis lined up, however he managed to fireplace again and land one good proper hand that despatched Gane backwards.
However with Gane’s subsequent jabs and straights, Lewis was despatched again to the cage and off his ft. All he may do was cowl up whereas Gane rained pictures down on him till the referee intervened.
“He touched me possibly one time, two occasions,” Gane mentioned within the post-fight information convention. “I feel it was a grasp class.”
The Frenchman isn’t unsuitable. Gane outlanded Lewis 98-16 in vital strikes and 112-16 in complete strikes. That’s an insane connection price of 80% for his vital strikes. The 82-strike distinction in vital strikes is probably the most ever in a UFC heavyweight title combat.
“I feel I’m among the best on the earth now,” Gane mentioned. “I feel this implies one thing. I don’t need to say [I’m the best] as a result of the champion remains to be Francis Ngannou.”
Talking of the UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou tweeted after the combat to let Gane know who the true champion is and that they’re heading in the direction of a combat.
“Spectacular efficiency from Gane! He’s now a legit contender. See you quickly boy. When ,” Ngannou tweeted.
Ngannou gained the UFC heavyweight title earlier this 12 months after defeating Stipe Miocic. He wasn’t able to combat in August and White needed Lewis to get his shot in Houston, so the interim title combat was made.
Ngannou has mentioned lately he can combat earlier than the tip of this 12 months.
“[WWE Chairman] Vince [McMahon] couldn’t have written a greater script than this,” UFC president Dana White mentioned within the post-fight information convention. “It’s lovely. Him and Francis is a foul ass heavyweight combat.
“He’s an enormous, highly effective, bad-ass heavyweight who strikes like a middleweight,” White mentioned of Gane. “He utterly shut him down, placed on a clinic, appeared good doing it. Made it look simple in opposition to a man who can flip the lights off with one punch.”
There’s no denying that Gane is a terrifying proposition for anybody. The six-foot-four Frechman is 31 and a pristine 10-Zero in MMA. Unbelievably, he’s solely been coaching MMA for the previous three years.