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Video: Derrick Lewis vs Ciryl Gane staredown at UFC 265 pre-fight press conference

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Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane faceoff at the UFC 265 pre-fight press conference.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President, Dana White, had to be talked into letting Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane get as close as they did for their staredown at the UFC 265 pre-fight press conference (watch the presser here).

Lewis (25-7) and Gane (9-0) went toe-to-toe at Thursday’s face off ahead of UFC 265, which will take place inside Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on Sat., Aug. 7, 2021, via ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV). “Black Beast” wanted to get nice and close to his opponent; however, White was hesitant to let it happen after various physical altercations at face offs.

The UFC boss eventually caved and everything went off without a hitch.

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INTERIM HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE LINE! Watch UFC 265’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event between hometown hero and No. 2-ranked Derrick Lewis taking on undefeated striking sensation and No. 3-seeded Ciryl Gane inside Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on Aug. 7, 2021. In the co-main event, former UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo will lock horns with No. 8-ranked Pedro Munhoz in a pivotal Bantamweight bout that’s all but guaranteed to deliver action.

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The winner of Lewis (No. 2) vs. Gane (No. 3) will be the rightful challenger to UFC Heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou’s crown. Other notable bouts on the card include ranked bantamweights Jose Aldo vs. Pedro Munhoz in the co-headliner, plus Michael Chiesa vs. Vicente Luque, Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill and Song Yadong vs. Casey Kenney.

For the rest of the UFC 265 fight card and PPV line up click here. will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 265 fight card RIGHT HERE, starting with the early ESPN2/ESPN+ “Prelims” matches at 6 p.m. ET, followed by the remaining undercard balance on ESPN2/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

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