Derrick Lewis defeated Curtis Blaydes with an emphatic KO within the second spherical of their Heavyweight contest. Lewis was the underdog coming into the battle, however his stoppage now ties him to the joint most UFC knockouts in history alongside Vitor Belfort with 12.
Throughout the opening 30 seconds of spherical one, Lewis showcased his energy instantly when a counter overhand proper caught Blaydes on the chin which damage him momentarily. Blaydes reacted effectively thereafter with leg kicks and physique feints to gradual the tempo of the battle down. The quantity two ranked Heavyweight was successful plenty of the putting exchanges, touchdown counter hooks and leg kick combos which had Lewis on the again foot at instances.
Two swift jabs to the pinnacle had Lewis troubled within the ultimate minute of the spherical, who lined up whereas nonetheless standing however pushed his opponent away simply in time to recuperate. Blaydes continued to cut down the leg and do injury by means of his counter putting, the place Lewis regarded weak regardless of connecting early on and with the information he has vicious one-punch knockout energy.
After the primary spherical, Blaydes received the vast majority of the exchanges and was in management within the putting division. The sequence of preventing we noticed was shocking with Blaydes but to aim a takedown regardless that he has a superior wrestling background. However, Blaydes recreation plan was working to date within the opening spherical.
Initially of the second spherical, the wrestling of Blaydes was lastly on present as he tried a single leg takedown which was defended effectively by Lewis to maintain the battle standing. Blaydes landed one other fast counter mixture quickly after which had been working effectively on his opponent up till that time.
Though simply 90 seconds into the second, Blaydes tried one other takedown which was met with a brutal proper uppercut by Lewis and despatched Blaydes unconscious to the canvas. With the flip of a swap, Lewis turned the competition on its head to safe a fourth straight win for the 36 12 months outdated.
With Jon Jones trying more likely to battle the winner of subsequent month’s title battle between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou, the win for Lewis means a title shot should be some time away however did no hurt in making an announcement of himself but once more within the Heavyweight division.
Within the co-main occasion of the night, Yana Kunitskaya beat Ketlen Vieira through unanimous resolution (29-28×3) in a Catchweight bout of 138 kilos after Vieira missed weight. That’s now the Russian’s fourth win in 5 fights since her return to Bantamweight.
Vieira began the battle with a takedown try that Kunitskaya defended however had her pushed in opposition to the fence. Inside a matter of moments, Vieira secured the takedown and turned the battle right into a grappling contest. Kunitskaya was in a position to reverse place and execute strikes to the physique earlier than Vieira carried out one other takedown in the direction of the centre of the mat. Vieira was locked into full mount for the remaining minutes on the bottom, trying the take the pinnacle however her opponent was conscious and defended appropriately till the sound of the horn. It was a giant first spherical for the Brazilian Vieira.
The roles had been reversed at first of the second spherical when Kunitskaya herself pushed Vieira in the direction of the fence, earlier than dragging her in the direction of the bottom and into mount. The Russian started to fireside pictures into the physique while Vieira was unsuccessfully trying to submit her opponent. Kunitskaya utilised the bottom and pound completely all through the course of the spherical to ware down Vieira after the storm she introduced within the first, and evened the scoring with all of it to play for within the ultimate spherical.
Vieira started spherical three with yet one more takedown earlier than taking management in full mount which resulted in taking the again of Kunitskaya to search for a choke. The 31 12 months outdated retaliated in again place with some intelligent reverse strikes to the pinnacle of Vieira that allowed her to go to full mount herself and go to work with the bottom and pound. Kunitskaya executed a number of vicious elbows within the ultimate seconds of the bout which led to a narrow win in a closely contested fight.
Remainder of the cardboard
In one other Heavyweight bout on the primary card, Chris Daukaus defeated Aleksei Oleinik through TKO lower than two minutes into spherical primary for his third successive first-round win since his UFC debut. It got here when a counter proper hand and mixture had his opponent damage, earlier than a flying knee and extra punch combos in opposition to the fence gave referee Herb Dean no alternative however to finish the competition shortly. Oleinik has received an unimaginable 46 fights through submission in his MMA profession however was unable to get the battle to the bottom within the quick area of time earlier than the stoppage.
In the meantime, British Heavyweight Tom Aspinall beat UFC veteran Andrei Arlovski through a second-round submission for his sixth successive MMA victory. Many of the battle was contested on the toes till Aspinall went for a double leg takedown and had Arlovski squirming to get again to his toes. In doing so, the Belarus native gave up his again the place Aspinall took benefit to execute a rear bare choke to finish the battle inside an occasion. It was just the nineteenth rear naked choke in UFC Heavyweight history, and the spectacular win continues to point out that the 27 12 months outdated is one to look out for within the close to future.
5 of the six prelim fights completed in knockout victories, with the decide of the bunch being Aiemann Zahabi defeating Drako Rodriguez a couple of minutes into the primary spherical. At a Catchweight of 140 kilos, after Rodriguez missed weight, the Canadian caught him with an overhand proper, connecting cleanly to go away Rodriguez stiff as a board and unconscious within the centre of the octagon. It was Zahabi’s first win since 2017 and a giant one to interrupt a two battle shedding streak.
One other sensational knockout victory got here within the Featherweight division when Julian Erosa defeated Nate Landwehr through a flying knee simply 56 seconds into the primary. Erosa had Landwehr in bother moments earlier than the stoppage with a flurry of hook combos, till the flying knee related straight onto the jaw to finish the battle early. That’s now Erosa’s third straight win after occurring a three-fight skid prior.