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UFC on ESPN+ 4: Junior Dos Santos stops Derrick Lewis via 2nd round TKO

Junior dos Santos (21-5-0) slugged his way to a convincing TKO victory over Derrick Lewis (21-7-0, 1NC) in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 4 in Wichita, Kansas Saturday evening.

Dos Santos used an assortment of kicks and strikes to wear down Lewis, who landed some good shots of his own in the first round. Lewis started off well in the second, landing a shot and getting the former champion briefly to the mat, but then got caught by a right hand counter while going for a trip that forced him to cover up. Subequent strikes made referee Herb Dean call the bout at 1:58 of the second frame.

With the win, Dos Santos notched his third consecutive win and is likely to rise from his current No. 8 ranking. Lewis now has a two fight losing streak.

Dos Santos and Lewis earned Fight of the Night, with Beneil Dariush and Niko Price earning performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

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Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

ALEX WHITE DEF. DAN MORET VIA UD (29-28, 29-28 29-28)

ALEX MORONO DEF. ZAK OTTOW VIA VERBAL SUBMISSION (ELBOWS) R1 3:34

MATT SCHNELL DEF. LOUIS SMOLKA VIA SUBMISSION (TRIANGLE CHOKE) R1 3:18

MAURICE GREENE DEF. JEFF HUGHES VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

GRANT DAWSON DEF. JULIAN EROSA VIA UD (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)

YANA KUNITSKAYA DEF. MARION RENEAU VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANTHONY ROCCO MARTIN DEF. SERGIO MORAES VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MAIN CARD 

TIM BOESTCH VS. OMAR AKHMEDOV 

WINNER: OMAR AKHMEDOV VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION OMAR AKHMEDOV VIA UD

Andrews: Good win for Omar. It might be time for The Barbarian to consider hanging them up.

BENEIL DARIUSH VS. DREW DOBER 

WINNER: BENEIL DAIRUSH VIA SUBMISSION (TRIANGLE ARMBAR) R2 4:41

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DREW DOBER VIA UD

Andrews: Great job by Dariush to get the armbar.

#15 BLAGOY IVANOV VS. BEN ROTHWELL 

WINNER: BLAGOY IVANOV VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BEN ROTHWELL VIA TKO

Andrews: It was too much to ask for vintage Big Ben. Too much rust.

TIM MEANS VS. NIKO PRICE

WINNER: NIKO PRICE VIA KO (PUNCES) R1 4:50

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TIM MEANS VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow, what what a quick right hand by Price!

#14 ELIZEU DOS SANTOS VS. CURTIS MILLENDER 

WINNER: ELIZEU DOS SANTOS VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R1 2:35

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CURTIS MILLENDER VIA UD

Andrews: Dos Santos come through with a nice and tidy ground game and RNC.

MAIN EVENT

#3 DERRICK LEWIS VS. #8 JUNIOR DOS SANTOS 

WINNER: JUNIOR DOS SANTOS VIA TKO R2 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JUNIOR DOS SANTOS VIA TKO

Andrews: Another great win for JDS. Will Lewis retire again?

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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