Taking main event status, an interim heavyweight title bout between the most prolific heavyweight knockout artist in the organization’s history, Derrick ‘The Black Beast’ Lewis and the undefeated French striking standout, Ciryl ‘Bon Gamin’ Gane.
Last featuring in February, one-time undisputed title challenger, Lewis took home a massive second round uppercut knockout victory over Curtis Blaydes to lodge his fifth consecutive victory.
For the 9-0 Gane, the 31-year-old managed a rather comfortable unanimous decision win over Alexander Volkov in the main event of UFC Vegas 30 in June.
In the night’s co-headliner, former undisputed featherweight champion, Jose Aldo returns opposite compatriot, Pedro Munhoz in a bantamweight clash.
Returning to winning ways at UFC Vegas 17 in December, Aldo bested Team Oyama mainstay, Marlon Vera with a co-main event unanimous judging triumph.
Himself snapping a two-fight slide in his last outing, American Top Team staple, Munhoz took home a rematch win over Jimmie Rivera in February — beneath a main event of Jairzinho Rozenstruik and the aforenoted, Gane.
UFC 265 Results: Lewis vs. Gane
Main Card: (ESPN+/PPV 10 p.m. ET)
Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane
Bantamweight: Jose Aldo vs. Pedro Munhoz
Welterweight: Michael Chiesa vs. Vicente Luque
Strawweight: Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill
Bantamweight: Song Yadong vs. Casey Kenney
Preliminary Card: (ESPN2/ESPN+ 8 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Bobby Green vs. Rafael Fiziev
Bantamweight: Vince Morales vs. Drako Rodriguez
Light Heavyweight: Ed Herman vs. Alonzo Menifield
Strawweight: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jessica Penne
Early Preliminary Card: (ESPN2/ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass)
Catchweight (129lbs): Manel Kape vs. Ode’ Osbourne
Bantamweight: Miles John vs. Anderson dos Santos
Flyweight: Victoria Leonardo vs. Melissa Gatto
Bantamweight: Johnny Munoz Jr. vs. Jamey Simmons