UFC 265 will give us a new heavyweight champion, sorta. In an interim match-up that appears to be formed out of spite Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane will do battle for the prize, with champion Francis Ngannou (who wants to fight Jon Jones) waiting in the wings.
The co-main for this one is Jose Aldo taking on fellow Brazilian Pedro Munhoz in the bantamweight division. Before that Vicente Luque takes on Michael Chiesa, Tecia Torres rematches Angela Hill and Song Yadong meets Casey Kenney.
The prelim card is headlined by Rafael Fiziev versus Bobby Green. The prelims also feature former UFC strawweight title contenders Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Jessica Penne going at it.
Before any of these bouts make it to fight night these competitors will all need to beat the scales (and their COVID tests). The main event shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to weighing in, but who knows—in this day and age—what kind of last minute shuffling this card might require.
You can watch all the action below in video provided by our friends at MMA Fighting. The stream begins at 10am ET.
And now that ceremonial weigh-ins are a thing again, you can check that out here. It goes live at 5 PM ET.
Main Card (ESPN+ pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET)
UFC interim heavyweight title: Derrick Lewis (264.5) vs. Ciryl Gane (247)
Bantamweight: Jose Aldo (136) vs. Pedro Munhoz (135)
Welterweight: Vicente Luque (170) vs. Michael Chiesa (170.5)
Strawweight: Tecia Torres (115) vs. Angela Hill (115)
Bantamweight: Song Yadong (135.5) vs. Casey Kenney (136)
Preliminary Card (ESPN2, ESPN+ at 8:00 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Bobby Green (156) vs. Rafael Fiziev (155.5)
Bantamweight: Vince Morales (136) vs. Drako Rodriguez (136)
Light heavyweight: Alonzo Menifield (204.5) vs. Ed Herman (205.5)
Strawweight: Karolina Kowalkiewicz (115) vs. Jessica Penne (116)
Early Prelims (ESPN2, ESPN+ at 6:00 p.m. ET)
Flyweight: Manel Kape (129)* vs. Ode Osbourne (125)
Bantamweight: Miles Johns (136) vs. Anderson dos Santos (135.5)
Flyweight: Victoria Leonardo (125) vs. Melissa Gatto (124)
Bantamweight: Johnny Munoz (135.5) vs. Jamey Simmons (136)
*Manel Kape missed weight by 3 lbs.
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