UFC 265 will decide the interim heavyweight champion

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  • Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane will fight for the title of interim heavyweight champion at UFC 265.
  • UFC 265 will be held in front of a full crowd in Houston, Texas, tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
  • The UFC 265 main card PPV costs $70 and requires an ESPN subscription ($6/month) to watch.

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Top UFC heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis and undefeated Ciryl Gane will fight for the title of interim champion in the main event of UFC 265. The pay-per-view (PPV) event will be held in front of a full crowd at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The main card will stream exclusively on ESPN tonight starting at 10 p.m. ET.

Lewis is a celebrated veteran known for his strikes, earning 20 knockouts in 25 career victories. Gane is undefeated through nine career fights, including two victories by decision in 2021. The winner between Lewis and Gane will be matched up against reigning champion Francis Ngannou, who won the belt in March.

Lewis defeated Ngannou by decision in July 2018, and was expected to fight the champion again at UFC 265 instead of Gane. However, contract negotiations with Ngannou fell short, leading UFC to book Lewis versus Gane as an interim champion fight. The organization still plans to reach an agreement for Ngannou to fight later this year.

The UFC 265 main card costs $70 and requires an ESPN subscription for $6 a month or $60 per year. ESPN is also offering a bundle price of $89.98 for UFC 265 and one year of ESPN ; a 30% discount.

Here’s the fight card for UFC 265: Lewis vs. Gane



Early Prelims — 6 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. PT on UFC Fight Pass

  • Johnny Munoz versus Jamey Simmons (Bantamweight)
  • Victoria Leonardo versus Melissa Gatto (Women’s flyweight)
  • Miles Johns versus Anderson Dos Santos (Bantamweight)
  • Manel Kape versus Ode’ Osbourne (Flyweight)

Prelims — 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on ESPN and ESPN

  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz versus Jessica Penne (Women’s strawweight)
  • Alonzo Menifield versus Ed Herman (Light heavyweight)
  • Vince Morales versus Drako Rodriguez (Bantamweight)
  • Bobby Green versus Rafael Fiziev (Lightweight)

Main Card — 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT on ESPN for $70

  • Song Yadong versus Casey Kenney (Bantamweight)
  • Tecia Torres versus Angela Hill (Women’s strawweight)
  • Michael Chiesa versus Vicente Luque (Welterweight)
  • Jose Aldo versus Pedro Munhoz (Bantamweight)
  • Derrick Lewis versus Ciryl Gane (Heavyweight interim title bout)

How to watch UFC 265

To watch the main event of UFC 265, you need to be an ESPN member and order the PPV. An ESPN subscription costs $6 a month or $60 a year. The UFC 265 main event requires a one-time fee of $70 on top of your ESPN subscription.

The main card will be streamed live tonight via ESPN at 10 p.m. ET. The early prelims started at 6 p.m. ET and were only available to UFC Fight Pass subscribers. The prelims began at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and the ESPN cable channel. 

You can access the ESPN app on all major mobile and streaming devices, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast , PS4, Xbox One, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, and more.

Ways to save on the UFC 265 pay-per-view price

If you plan on signing up for ESPN to watch UFC 265, you can take advantage of a special discounted package.

New subscribers can purchase a year-long ESPN membership with access to UFC 265 included for a total of $89.98. That’s over 30% off the regular combined price of an annual plan and a PPV match. Following your first year of service, ESPN will then renew for the regular annual price of $60.

Bundle the next UFC PPV with an ESPN Annual Plan to save over 30%

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