Ciryl Gane is the new interim heavyweight UFC champion after dominating Derrick Lewis winning with a third round TKO in Houston on Saturday.
The referee intervened in the third round after Gane hurt Lewis numerous times before finishing the American with a series of hammerfists while he lay on the ground.
The Frenchman, who boasted an undefeated 9-0 record coming into the fight, dominated throughout, with Lewis' corner asking him to be more active to combat Gane.
Gane switched between jabs and leg kicks in a cagey first round, before asserting his dominance with a 34-2 advantage in significant strikes, controlling range and proving evasive for Lewis.
Lewis could not land any big hits before a series of strikes from Gane floored the 36-year-old American.
Gane's victory means he now has former teammate and heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in his sights.
"The fight is gonna go up, so let's go, just let's go," Gane said during the post-game interview in the octagon.
STILL PLENTY OF FIGHT IN ALDO
Jose Aldo defeated Pedro Munhoz by unanimous decision to defend his men's bantamweight crown for the second time.
The 34-year-old Brazilian, who was formerly a champion in the featherweight division, was shrewd and sharp against Munhoz.
Aldo beat Munhoz in total strikes 75-56 across to UFC Stats and appeared a class above.
"I've been working a lot," Aldo said via a translator after the bout. "I want to be a champ in this division. I've been dedicating myself a lot in Brazil. That's why I'm here."
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LUQUE WINS AND CALLS OUT USMAN
American-born Brazilian Vicente Luque won his pivotal welterweight fight with a choke submission against Michael Chiesa.
Luque is lining up a bout with champion Kamaru Usman and called him out following the fight.
"I think it's our time," Luque said. "I'm the only guy up there you haven't fought yet. Let's go." Usman, who is due to face Colby Covington in November, responded on Twitter, indicating he was up for it.
Tecia Torres made it two-for-two against Angela Hill as she won by decision in the women's strawweight.