Pros react after Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane is announced as interim heavyweight title fight at UFC 265

Derrick Lewis
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Dana White shocked fight fans this afternoon when he announced that Derrick Lewis would be fighting Ciryl Gane for the interim heavyweight title at UFC 265.

After weeks of the UFC President insinuating that a rematch with ‘The Black Beast’ would be next for reigning UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto announced that Lewis vs. Gane was official for August 7 in Houston.

It was a rather shocking announcement considering that Francis Ngannou just captured the belt 3 months ago and is not currently sidelined with any injuries. With that said, ‘The Predator’ and his team have already lashed out at the promotion for their decision to make Lewis vs. Gane an interim title fight (see that here).

Ciryl Gane, Derrick Lewis
Derrick Lewis vs Ciryl Gane

As expected, many of the pros took to social media shortly following the news to share their respective thoughts on an interim heavyweight title fight between Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane being created for UFC 265.

Check out those reactions below:

https://twitter.com/DerekBrunson/status/1409623848073506818

https://twitter.com/bullyb170/status/1409612731171454977

More reactions to Lewis vs. Gane:

https://twitter.com/DerekBrunson/status/1409704334229590020

There is no denying that Derrick Lewis (25-7 MMA) is certainly deserving of a second chance at UFC gold. ‘The Black Beast’ most recently competed this past February at UFC Vegas 19, where he scored a second round knockout victory over perennial contender Curtis Blaydes. The win marked the Texas natives fourth in a row.

Meanwhile, Ciryl Gane recently improved his perfect record to 9-0 on Saturday, this by scoring a unanimous decision victory over former Bellator champion Alexander Volkov. The Frenchman has gone 6-0 under the UFC banner since joining the promotional ranks in August of 2019.

What was your reaction to the news that Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane will be fighting for the interim heavyweight title at UFC 265? Share your thoughts in the comment section Penn Nation!

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