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: Ciryl Gane def. Derrick Lewis via third round (4:11) TKO (strikes)
Bantamweight: Jose Aldo def. Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Welterweight: Vicente Luque def. Michael Chiesa via first round (3:25) submission (D’Arce choke)
Strawweight: Tecia Torres def. Angela Hill via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, and 29-28)
Bantamweight: Song Yadong def. Casey Kenney via split decision (28-29, 29-28, and 30-27)
Preliminary Card: (ESPN2/ESPN+ 8 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Rafael Fiziev def. Bobby Green via unanimous decision (30-27, and 29-28 x2)
Bantamweight: Vince Morales def. Drako Rodriguez via unanimous decision (30-27, and 29-28 x3)
Light Heavyweight: Alonzo Menifield def. Ed Herman via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Strawweight: Jessica Penne def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via first round (4:32) submission (armbar)
Early Preliminary Card: (ESPN2/ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass)
Catchweight (129lbs): Manel Kape def. Ode’ Osbourne via first round (4:44) KO (flying-knee)
Bantamweight: Miles Johns def. Anderson dos Santos via third round (1:16) KO (punch)
Flyweight: Melissa Gatto def. Victoria Leonardo via second round (5:00) TKO (doctor’s stoppage as a result of an arm injury)
Bantamweight: Johnny Munoz Jr. def. Jamey Simmons via second round (2:35) submission (rear-naked choke)