Gane dominated Derrick Lewis from bell to bell, breaking down the heavyweight knockout leader at distance before moving in to finish at the 4:11 mark of the third round.
Gane will now move on to face undisputed heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou, whose request for one-month delay led to the decision to put up an interim title.
Here’s what fighters had to say about UFC 265.
Ciryl Gane def. Derrick Lewis
Impressive performance from Gane !— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) August 8, 2021
He's now a legit contender.
See you soon boy. When you know you know. #ufc265
Great fights tonight— BONY (@JonnyBones) August 8, 2021
Man gane put on a clinic he’s a problem— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) August 8, 2021
Jones vs Francis vs gane vs stipe fatal four way match— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) August 8, 2021
France wins the interim heavyweight title.— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) August 8, 2021
Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane is going to be something else . Shiiii Dana what’s your cashapp, take my money right now #ufc265— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) August 8, 2021
Man as much as a beast I think Gane is it still doesn’t feel right calling him “champ” feel like he’s got to beat a couple more dudes to get that title ♂️— Deron Winn (@DeronWinn) August 8, 2021
He’s a real problem! I’m super excited about the unification fight! If I am team @francis_ngannou I’m game plan meeting right now! We haven’t seen a heavyweight like this with these abilities!— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) August 8, 2021
Jose Aldo def. Pedro Munhoz
135 aldo beats 155 mcgregor— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) August 8, 2021
Good fight fellas!!— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) August 8, 2021
When someone ask me,— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) August 8, 2021
What is a dream fight past or present regardless of weight class?
Aldo has to be on top of that list.
His legendary status and the way he carries himself is something to applaud. #UFC265
Man that was a smooth transition— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) August 8, 2021
Tecia Torres def. Angela Hill
Tornado 2-0.— Nina Ansaroff (@NinaAnsaroff) August 8, 2021
Song Yadong def. Casey Kenney
Don’t be upset when you leave it to the judges.— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) August 8, 2021