Derrick Lewis added another feature reel knockout to his resume Saturday.
At UFC Battle Night 185, Lewis (25-7 MMA, 16-5 UFC) took out Curtis Blaydes with a fierce counter uppercut at 1:26 of Cycle 2. The completion came following a difficult opening nine minutes for Lewis.
The heavyweight session was the UFC Battle Night 185 headliner at the UFC Summit in Las Vegas. It spilled on ESPN+.
The first round was a striking showcase from Blaydes (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC). In one of the main trades, Blaydes ate a major punch. From that point, in any case, Blaydes dominated. He landed punches to the head and hefty leg kicks on Lewis.
In Cycle 2, Blaydes went for a takedown, yet Lewis denied it. Presently, Blaydes shot once more. This time, Lewis handled an entirely coordinated uppercut that collapsed Blaydes over in reverse. Before ref Spice Senior member could step in, Lewis landed two casket nail punches to a hardened Blaydes.
Blaydes was down on the material through the accompanying transmission business break, yet he was alert and present for the authority choice.
With his twentieth vocation knockout, Lewis stretched out his series of wins to four. He presently shares the record for UFC knockouts with Vitor Belfort at 12. Of his latest nine trips, Lewis has won seven. During that stretch of battles, Lewis has crushed Francis Ngannou, Alexander Volkov, and Marcin Tybura, among others.
With respect to Blaydes, the misfortune snaps a four-battle series of wins. It was the primary professional thrashing he endured to somebody other than Francis Ngannou. It’s the third time Blaydes has lost by technical knockout in his expert profession, however the first occasion when he has been taken unconscious.