The BEST fights at UFC 265 ranked

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UFC 265 will be a major night on the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s 2021 schedule. It’s what comes with having an event headlined by two title fights. Even if one of the belts on the line is for interim gold. Furthermore, whenever the promotion takes their content to pay-per-view, it’ll always be with a stacked card of talent beyond just the top fights. With that in mind, here is a ranking of the five best fights taking place inside Houston’s Toyota Center on August 7.

UFC 265’s best fights: 1. Derrick Lewis vs Ciryl Gane

Yes, there is some controversy surrounding this heavyweight title fight that doesn’t have heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou involved. Yes, an interim title is not as meaningful as Amanda Nunes’ legitimate gold. But it’s two of the best heavyweight mixed martial arts strikers on planet earth, and that is always must-see sports television.

What makes this fight so interesting is the way each man approaches his stand-up attack. Ciryl Gane (9-0) is a technical striker who can win a precision points fight as he did against Alexander Volkov in June or wreck shop like he did against former division champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 256. Derrick Lewis (25-7) is an absolute brute of a brawler with freakish athleticism for his size. He is the thesis of a man that is always one punch away from turning your lights out. What wins on fight night: Technique or power?

2. Jose Aldo vs Pedro Munhoz

In ways, the matchup between Jose Aldo (29-7) and Pedro Munhoz (19-5) mirror’s that of Gane and Lewis. However, when you add in bantamweight speed, it takes on a whole different look.

Fourth-ranked UFC bantamweight Aldo is an MMA legend and his latest exploits are always worth watching. Because, at 34, the sand in his fighting hourglass is more than half empty. In the eighth-ranked Munhoz, “Junior” faces a durable and talented striker who has yet to be finished in his 24-fight career. There’s no reason to expect anything less than fireworks in this battle of top-10 Brazilians.

3. Vicente Luque vs Michael Chiesa

The new welterweight version of Michael Chiesa (18-4) has been terrific. The Ultimate Fighter season 15 winner has gone unbeaten in four fights at 170-pounds and has taken down ranked talent in Neil Magny and Rafael dos Anjos en route to his spot in the top-five. In Vicente Luque (20-7-1), “Maverick” gets another skilled striker that may test his weak spots on the feet. However, if “The Silent Assassin’s” takedown defense isn’t up to snuff, he’ll likely suffer the same fate as the top-10 contemporaries before him.

4. Rafael Fiziev vs Bobby Green

After getting handed his first professional loss, and knock out a defeat in his 2019 UFC debut, Rafael Fiziev (9-1) has been outstanding inside the Octagon. Dominating with his skilled striking as he’s barely any rounds in racking up three straight wins. While his UFC 265 opponent Bobby Green (27-11) may not be the most flashy and offensively diverse opponent he has faced, “King” has always been a handful for foes.

During his 15 fight UFC run, the 34-year-old has only been stopped once, and that came against the division’s top contender in the McGrergor-slayer himself Dustin Poirier. Fiziev is the favorite to win, but he will have to earn every bit of the victory on fight night against Green.

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