Gane (10-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) kept his undefeated record in tact on Saturday when he went into enemy territory and scored a third-round TKO victory over Lewis (25-8 MMA, 16-6 UFC) to pick up the heavyweight belt.
The stoppage came at 4 minutes, 11 seconds of Round 3.
Gane had Lewis trapped against the cage. He landed a leg kick, a kick to the body and punching combination that hurt Lewis badly. Lewis covered up, survived the onslaught and fired back. But then Gane let loose with another big combination, landing with diverse techniques, and Lewis could not escape. He covered up, went to his knees and turtled up. Referee Dan Miragliotta had no choice but to call the bout.
The athletic, 6-foot-4 Gane was dominant throughout. He kept Lewis at bay, using his length and superior kicking game. Lewis seemingly could never get close enough to land a big shot, his specialty. Gane mixed it up well offensively and kept Lewis guessing. The fight — and the finish — left the crowd disappointed. Lewis is a Houston resident and the card was built around him.
Gane will likely fight heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou next to unify the title.