Abdurakhimov frustrated Lewis for over three rounds with timely takedowns that won him the first three rounds. In the fourth round, Lewis finally scored a takedown of his own off a Thai clinch, and took full advantage of it, getting full mount and raining punches until referee Dan Miragliotta was forced to call the bout at 3:42.
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Gian Villante and Saparbek Safarov earned Fight-of-the-Night, while Francis Ngannou and Gerald Meerschaert earned performances-of-the-night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.
In case you missed the prelims.
Juliana Lima def JJ Aldrich via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ryan James def Keith Berish via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Marc Diakese def Frankie Perez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Shane Burgos def Tiago Trator via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-27)
Andrew Sanchez def Trevor Smith via via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Gerald Meerschart def Joe Gigiotti via submission R1 4:12
Randy Brown def Brian Camozzi via TKO R2 1:25
Justine Kish def Ashley Yoder via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
#14 GIAN VILLANTE VS SAPARBEK SAFAROV
WINNER: GIAN VILLANTE VIA TKO R2 2:54
ANDREWS PREDICTION: GIAN VILLANTE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Villante started off fast, and then withstood some offence from the injured Russian in the second half of the first round to pick him apart in the second. Good win for Villante.
#9 COREY ANDERSON VS SEAN O’CONNELL
WINNER: COREY ANDERSON VIA TKO R2 2:36
ANDREWS PREDICTION: COREY ANDERSON VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Anderson just blasted, and that’s the Corey Anderson I want to see every time. Took down the striker and and kept pounding him out. Excellent win for Anderson.
#12 FRANCIS NGANNOU VS ANTHONY HAMILTON
WINNER: FRANCIS NGANNOU VIA SUBMISSION R1 1:57
ANDREWS PREDICTION: FRANCIS NGANNOU VIA TKO
Andrews: Ngannou not only has power, but is crafty on the ground as well. And he continues to wrack up clean and tidy victories. My hat is off to the Frenchman.
#10 DERRICK LEWIS VS #15 SHAMIL ABDURAKHIMOV
WINNER: DERRICK LEWIS VIA TKO R4 3:42
ANDREWS PREDICTION: DERRICK LEWIS VIA TKO
Andrews: Abdurakhimov fought a defensive fight once he racked up the first three rounds, which forced Lewis to step things up. He finally got the takedown and went to work in the fourth. Excellent comeback win for The Black Beast.