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Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane Booked For Interim Heavyweight Title At UFC 265, Francis Ngannou Reacts

Lewis and Gane will compete for the interim heavyweight title despite Ngannou only winning the undisputed crown three months ago at UFC 260.

Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane Booked For Interim Heavyweight Title At UFC 265, Francis Ngannou Reacts

In news that came out of left field, Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane will compete for the interim heavyweight title.

That’s according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto who reported Monday that it would headline the upcoming UFC 265 pay-per-view event taking place August 7 in Houston, Texas.

“Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) will face Ciryl Gane (@ciryl_gane) in an interim heavyweight title fight in the main event of UFC 265 on Aug. 7 in Houston, per Dana White (@danawhite).”

As per Ariel Helwani, the reason for the booking was simply because Ngannou could only compete a month later in September.

“Once it was clear Ngannou couldn’t fight on Aug. 7, he was asked and accepted Sept. 25 versus Lewis, sources say. UFC went with the IC title fight on Aug. 7 instead.”

Ngannou Not Happy With The News

Ngannou was understandably not pleased with the news.

The heavyweight champion only won the undisputed strap from Stipe Miocic three months ago at UFC 260 and never got an interim title shot himself while he was waiting around and forced to be inactive.

I remember my interim title fight against Jairzinho …. oh wait 🙄”

https://twitter.com/francis_ngannou/status/1409618397957017615

“Nothing has been right here”

Despite the bizarre news, it’s still a big matchup, especially for Gane who is continuing his meteoric rise.

The Frenchman only debuted for the promotion in 2019 but has gone 6-0 since, having most recently outpointed Alexander Volkov at UFC Vegas 30 this past weekend.

Here is how he reacted:

“I never say no to challenges. 🏆 Thank you @mgmtfactory for this supersonic rise. @fernandlopez, we got work to do ! #AnyoneAnywhere”

https://twitter.com/ciryl_gane/status/1409620912140398594

Lewis, meanwhile, will be looking to inflict Gane’s first defeat and try to become the UFC heavyweight champion in what would be his second attempt.

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