UFC 265: Lewis vs. Gane is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on August 7, 2021 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, United States.
UFC® today announced a multi-event partnership with Toyota Center in Houston, Texas following the record-breaking sell out of UFC 262: OLIVEIRA vs CHANDLER in May. The partnership, which includes a prospective Pay-Per-View event in 2022, kicks off with UFC 265: LEWIS vs GANE on Saturday, August 7, 2021. The main event will see Houston hometown hero and No. 2 ranked Derrick Lewis take on undefeated striking sensation and No. 3 ranked Ciryl Gane for the interim UFC heavyweight championship. In the co-main event, the greatest women’s martial artist of all time graces the Octagon once again as UFC featherweight and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes aims to retain her 135-pound title when she faces No. 6 ranked Julianna Pena.
An interim UFC Heavyweight Championship bout between former title challenger Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane has been slated to headline the event. The original plan was to feature current champion Francis Ngannou defending his title against Lewis, but the promotion opted to move forward with the interim contest due to the alleged refusal of the champion to defend it in August (despite winning the championship just three months earlier and being available for his first defense in September).
A UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship bout between the current champion Amanda Nunes (also the current UFC Women's Featherweight Champion) and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate bantamweight winner Julianna Peña is expected to take place at the event.
Johnny Muñoz and Jamey Simmons were expected to meet in a bantamweight bout at UFC 261, but the latter pulled out due to undisclosed reasons. They were later rescheduled for this event.
A middleweight bout between Uriah Hall and Sean Strickland was expected to take place at this event. However, the pairing was moved to the week prior and was scheduled to headline UFC on ESPN: Hall vs. Strickland.
A women's strawweight rematch between Tecia Torres and former Invicta FC Strawweight Champion Angela Hill is expected to take place at this event. The pairing met previously at UFC 188 in June 2015, when Torres won by unanimous decision. The rematch was originally scheduled to take place in December of 2020 at UFC 256, but Hill tested positive for COVID-19 during the week leading up to the event and was removed from the bout.
Official Fight Card
|Lightweight||Dustin Poirier||vs.||Conor McGregor|
|Heavyweight||Tai Tuivasa||vs.||Greg Hardy|
|Welterweight||Gilbert Burns||vs.||Stephen Thompson|
|Women’s Bantamweight||Irene Aldana||vs.||Yana Kunitskaya|
|Bantamweight||Sean O'Malley||vs.||Louis Smolka|
|Welterweight||Niko Price||vs.||Michel Pereira|
|Welterweight||Kevin Lee||vs.||Sean Brady|
|Middleweight||Omari Akhmedov||vs.||Brad Tavares|
|Flyweight||Zhalgas Zhumagulov||vs.||Jerome Rivera|
|Middleweight||Alen Amedovski||vs.||Hu Yaozong|
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.