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UFC on ESPN+ 32: Derrick Lewis floors Aleksei Oleinik

Lewis secures heavyweight knockout mark in victory

Derrick Lewis overcame the clutches of veteran Aleksei Oleinik and emerged with an impressive TKO victory in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 32 Saturday night.

Oleinik as expected used his grappling to drag Lewis to the ground in the first round and almost secured a bulldog choke and an armbar submission, but Lewis was able to survive.

Lewis subsequently took advantage of Oleinik’s fatigue in the second round and landed a right hand floored Oleinik. Follow-up strikes forced referee Herb Dean to call the bout 21 seconds into the second round.

The win gave Lewis 11 knockout finishes, a record in the heavyweight division. It also ties him with Anderson Silva, and is only one knockout behind overall record holder Vitor Belfort.

The loss snapped Oleinik’s two fight winning streak.

Lewis said in the post-fight press conference that he would like to fight Curtis Blaydes next.

Gavin Tucker, Darren Stewart, Andrew Sanchez and Kevin Holland all earned performances of the night and a $50,000 USD apiece. No Fight of the Night award was given.

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

MAIN CARD 

BENEIL DARIUSH VS. SCOTT HOLTZMAN

WINNER: Beneil Dariush VIA TKO (SPINNING BACKFIST) R1 4:38

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BENEIL DARIUSH VIA TKO

Andrews: Another good performance from Dariush.

YANA KUNITSKAYA VS. JULIJA STOLIARENKO

WINNER: YANA KUNITSKAYA VIA UD (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JULIJA STOLIARENKO VIA TKO

Andrews: Julija struggled, I thought she would land some shots but Yana grinded her out. Good win.

DARREN STEWART VS. MAKI PITOLO 

WINNER: DARREN STEWART VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R1 3:41

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAKI PITOLO VIA UD

Andrews: Good bounceback win for Stewart.

CHRIS WEIDMAN VS. OMARI AKHMEDOV

WINNER: CHRIS WEIDMAN VIA UD (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: OMARI AKHMEDV VIA TKO

Andrews: Weidman used his grappling, but he still look drained. I don’t think he gets away with this performance against the top contenders.

DERRICK LEWIS VS. ALEKSEI OLEINIK

WINNER: DERRICK LEWIS VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 0:21

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEKSEI OLEINIK VIA TKO

Andrews: Lewis needs to land. If he doesn’t, Aleksei will make him gas, then drag him to the mat for the tap.

Andrews Prediction: Aleksei Oleinik via TKO

@kenaiandrews UFC on ESPN+ 32: Derrick Lewis floors Aleksei Oleinik

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

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