The UFC is back in Texas on August 7th, and instead of the actual heavyweight title being on the line at UFC 265, fans will have to settle for an interim title. In the main event, Houston’s own Derrick Lewis takes on Ciryl Gane for the interim strap after the UFC decided Francis Ngannou wanting to fight in September was too long a wait for someone who just fought in March. No doubt it’ll be a partisan crowd in Lewis’ favor.
In the co-main event, two-division champion Amanda Nunes puts her women’s bantamweight title on the line against Julianna Pena. Whatever dislike you may have of the main event and the process behind it, this card as a whole is pretty damn good. Vicente Luque and Michael Chiesa are slated to square off in a key welterweight matchup, while former UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo faces bantamweight contender Pedro Munhoz.
Here’s the lineup for UFC 265 in Houston:
Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane
Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena
Vicente Luque vs. Michael Chiesa
Jose Aldo vs. Pedro Munhoz
Song Yadong vs. Casey Kenney
Manel Kape vs. Ode Osbourne
Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill
Victoria Leonardo vs. Melissa Gatto
Ed Herman vs. Alonzo Menifield
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jessica Penne
Vince Morales vs. Drako Rodriguez
Johnny Munoz Jr vs. Jamey Simmons