Welcome to premium MMA artistry as Houston, Texas, hosts the UFC this Saturday, the 7th of August, at the Toyota Centre. UFC 265 will see the French ”Bon Gamin” take on H-Town’s own Derrick “The Beast” Lewis in what appears to be a standoff between a shotgun and an assault rifle.
This Saturday, the unbeaten and artistic Cyril Gane will take on knockout artist Derrick Lewis for the Interim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight title. Also, Jose Aldo will look to continue his Bantamweight comeback against Pedro Munhoz, Micheal Chiesa will battle with the Ferocious Vicente Luque., and Tecia Torres will go head to head with her former castmate Angela Hill. Join us as we give you the best predictions, picks, and tips for what promises to be a scintillating weekend.
UFC 265 General Information:
- Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021
- TV-Time: NBCSN, 10:00 p.m. ET
- Venue: Toyota Center
- Location: Houston, Texas
- Fights: 5 Main Fights, 4 Preliminary Card & 4 Early Prelims
- Main Event: Derrick Lewis vs. Cyril Gane
Expert Pick #1 – Gane to Win @ -380
The UFC 265’s Main event sees the undefeated third-seeded contender Cyril Gane face off against second-ranked Derrick Lewis in his backyard at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Our first expert pick sees Cyril Gane winning. Lewis has the ability to just about one-shot anybody in the game, and he has shown that he is very resilient in the ring. He is also undefeated at home. Despite these crucial factors, we are going with Cyril Gane on this one.
The reason for this is the speed, dexterity, and versatility of the former Muay Thai champion. Additionally, Gane has shown that he has the strength and conditioning to go toe to toe against anybody, as we saw in his match-up against Alexander Volkov. His Fight IQ convinces us that he may try to go the distance and win the match via Decision.
Records: Derrick Lewis 25-7-0 | Cyril Gane 9-0-0
Main Event – Heavyweight – Approx. Start Time: e.g. 10:00 p.m. ET
Expert Pick #2 – Chiesa to Win @+100
The silent assassin is one of the deadliest strikers in the division. This is evidenced by his outstanding bout with Nico Price, where he left his opponent with a torn eyelid. His ability on the mat complements his ferocity. Recently, he won a submission victory against Tyron Woodley.
However, Chiesa is our pick for this match-up. On the back of four consecutive victories by unanimous decision, the Maverick is in the form of his life. While his striking leaves much to be desired when compared against Luque’s, this veteran has shown time and again that he is capable of bringing opponents into his game plan and winning.
With different styles, this promises to be a very tactical matchup. Despite being the underdog in this matchup with odds of +110, We believe Chiesa’s cunning and experience will give him the edge.
Records: Michael Chiesa 18-4-0 | Vicente Luque 20-7-1
Main Card– Welterweight(170lbs) – Approx. Start Time: e.g. 10:00 p.m. ET
Expert Pick #3 – Johns to Win @ -200
Anderson dos Santos comes into this fight in poor form on the back of two back-to-back losses to Andre Ewell and Ned Nariman and a win against Martin Day, who the UFC has since released. Since then, Anderson has had a Covid issue that might affect his performance.
On the other hand, Miles Johns has had an impressive career, registering a sole loss against Mario Bautista and 11 wins, including a split decision against Adrian Yanez. “Chapo” is younger than his opponent, and he has a reach advantage. The culmination of these factors makes him a reasonable bet to win.
Records: Miles Johns 11-1-0 |Anderson dos Santos 21-8-0
Preliminary card – Bantamweight(135lbs) – Approx. Start Time: e.g. 10:00 p.m. ET
Complete Card & Predictions for the Night
UFC 265 is packed with a lot of interesting matchups. There are reasonable bets available at fair odds. The event sees UFC veterans like Lewis, Chiesa and Anderson pitted against blazing up-and-comers like Gane and Johns to dramatic effect. The Interim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight title is up for grabs, and many streaks are there for the making or breaking. Follow us as we take you through the best odds, bets, tips, picks, and predictions for the night.
- Heavyweight (265lbs): Derrick Lewis vs. Cyril Gane – Gane via Decision
- Bantamweight (135lbs): José Aldo vs. Pedro Munhoz – Aldo via Decision
- Welterweight (170lbs): Michael Chiesa vs. Vicente Luque – Chiesa via Submission
- (W) Strawweight (115lbs): Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill – Angela via Decision
- Bantamweight (135lbs): Song Yadong vs. Casey Kenney – Kenny via Decision
- Lightweight (155lbs): Bobby Green vs. Rafael Fiziev – Fiziev via KO/TKO
- Bantamweight (135lbs): Vince Morales vs. Drako Rodriguez – Morales via Decision
- Light Heavyweight (205lbs): Ed Herman vs. Alonzo Menifield – Menifield via Decision
- (W) Strawweight (115lbs): Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jessica Penne– Penne via Decision
UFC 256 promises to be quite an event. The winner of the bout between Derrick Lewis and Cyril Gane will have a shot at Francis Ngannou’s Heavyweight title, with Cyril Gane the clear favorite. Other interesting matchups are available. As always, remember to gamble responsibly. Stay tuned for more UFC bet predictions, odds, and pics.