UFC 265 Fight Card Preview, Predictions & Best Bets

Tecia Torres celebrate her victory. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP
Tecia Torres celebrate her victory. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

 

The UFC 265: Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane & the pay-per-view main card UFC Odds are available. Read on for our complete betting guide and preview on this weekend’s UFC main card matchups, including updated odds and our free expert betting predictions.

 

UFC 265 Main Event Prediction

Ciryl Gane vs. Derrick Lewis

UFC Interim Heavyweight Title Bout

Toyota Center

Ciryl Gane (9-0)

Ciryl Gane, otherwise known as “Bon Gamin”, has taken the UFC heavyweight by storm since his promotional debut in August of 2019. There were always high hopes for Gane, but he’s taken a low experienced 3-0 record into a 9-0 undefeated streak and a title opportunity on the horizon.

There has been no luck or fluke victories involved; Gane owns one of the most technical skill sets the UFC heavyweight division has witnessed. A background in Muay Thai transitioned beautifully into the cage, as Gane added the tools required to make a career in MMA in a short period of time.

Derrick Lewis (25-7-0)

“The Black Beast” Derrick Lewis is a monster amongst men; twenty-five professional MMA wins, where twenty of those fights ended via knockout, has been a dominant path to victory for the Houston native.

Lewis will now return to his hometown, where he remains undefeated, in front of a packed Toyota Center with a chance at claiming UFC gold.

UFC 265 Main Event Prediction

The current bookmakers’ odds heavily favour the Frenchman, and it’s difficult to discredit their line making when Gane has outmatched every fighter put in front of him. It’s KO or bust for Derrick Lewis, and long-term, relying on knockout power alone will not draw in profits.

We must favour Gane based on his technical ability, don’t get me wrong, Lewis only needs one precise hook or uppercut, and it could be lights-out for “Bon Gamin”. But in the long run, making predictions based on knockout power isn’t viable.

UFC 265 Best Bet: Ciryl Gane to win on points @ +200 with Bet MGM [1u returns 1u profit]

UFC in Vegas 265 Main Card Prediction

Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill

UFC Women’s Strawweight Bout

Toyota Center

 

It’s a rematch that nobody asked for, but it also makes complete sense as both Tecia Torres and Angela will scrap it out for the second time during their UFC careers as the #8 and #9 ranked strawweight fighters.

American Top Team’s Tecia Torres has seemingly evolved her MMA skillset to a new level, and it’s no surprise when such a talented team surrounds her in ATT. Fierce aggression we’ve never witnessed has now dictated the pace during her two-fight winning streak, and we must recognise that her career losses have been against former champions and contenders only.

Angela Hill is no slouch herself, but relying on her muay thai striking background has often given the Alliance MMA athlete small room to improve. Hill has undoubtedly figured out her takedown defensive issues, but her ability to find her feet if the takedown lands is still a problem.

Aged 36, Hill isn’t getting any younger, and a 13-9 record is evidence that she’s struggled against specific attributes – mainly, grapplers with a strong base.

The first fight saw Torres earn a decision win, mainly based on a strict boxing and takedown offense. I believe that Torres has raised these skills, and despite believing that Hill has improved her takedown defense, I still don’t think it’ll be enough to prevent Tecia Torres from having her hand raised.

UFC 265 Best Bet: Tecia Torres to win @ -137 with Unibet [1.37u returns 1u profit]

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