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UFC Vegas 45: Derrick Lewis starches Chris Daukaus

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Derrick Lewis returned to form against Chris Daukaus in the main event of UFC Vegas 45 in Las Vegas Saturday night.

Lewis (26-8-0, 1NC) atoned for his disappointing performance in his last fight against interim champion Ciryl Gane by stopping the No. 7 Daukaus (12-4-0) emphatically. After a brief feeling out process, Daukaus tried to press Lewis with some strikes but Lewis took them without issue. Then Lewis pressed forward with a jumping kick followed by strikes, overwhelming Daukaus until a strike knocked Daukaus down and forced referee Mark Smith to stop the bout at 3:36.

Lewis’ 13th knockout puts him at the top of the all-time UFC KO list and has now won five of his last six bouts.

Daukaus had a five fight win streak snapped.

Amanda Lemos and Angela Hill secured Fight of the Night, while Cub Swanson and Melissa Gatto 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:

JORDAN LEAVITT DEF. MATT SAYALES VIA SUBMISSION (INVERTED-TRIANGLE CHOKE) R2 2:05

DON’TALE MAYES DEF.JOSH PARISIAN VIA TKO (ELBOWS) R3 3:26

RAQUEL PENNINGTON DEF. MACY CHIASSON VIA SUBMISSION (GUILOTTINE CHOKE) R2 3:07

CHARLES JOURDAIN DEF. ANDRE EWELL VIA UD (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)

MELISSA GATTO DEF. SIJARA EUBANKS VIA TKO (BODY KICK AND PUNCHES) R3 0:45

JUSTIN TAFA DEF. HARRY HUNSUCKER VIA KO (HEAD KICK) R1 1:53

GERALD MEERSCHAERT DEF. DUSTIN STOLTFUS VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R3 2:58

MAIN CARDย 

CUB SWANSON VS. DARREN ELKINS

 

WINNER: CUB SWANSON VIA TKO (SPINNING WHEELKICK AND PUNCHES) R1 2:12

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DARREN ELKINS VIA UD

Andrews:ย Wow! Just when you think Swanson is fading, he comes back with a great performance.

CARLOS DIEGO FERREIRA VS. MATEUSZ GAMROT

 

WINNER: MATEUSZ DAMROT VIA TKO (VERBAL SUBMISSION KNEE TO THE BODY) R3 3:26

ANDREWS PREDICTION MATEUSZ GAMROT VIA UD

Andrews:ย Gamrot came in and got the job done as expected.

#12 RAPHAEL ASSUNCAO VS. RICKY SIMONย 

 

WINNER: RICKY SIMON VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 2:14

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RICKY SIMON VIA UD

Andrews:ย I think it’s time for Assuncao to hang ’em up. He had a good run.

#11 AMANDA LEMOS VS. #12 ANGELA HILLย 

 

WINNER AMANDA LEMOS VIA SD (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: AMANDA LEMOS VIA UD

Andrews:ย Another close and disappointing result for Hill.

#5 STEPHEN THOMPSON VS. #10 BELAL MUHAMMADย 

WINNER: BELAL MUHAMMAD VIA UD (30-25, 30-26, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BELAL MUHAMMAD VIA UD

Andrews: Muhammad studied Gilbert Burns and turned up the aggression to get the win.

MAIN EVENT

#3 DERRICK LEWIS VS. #7 CHRIS DAUKAUS

WINNER: DERRICK LEWIS VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 3:36

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHRIS DAUKAUS VIA TKO

Andrews:ย Give Lewis credit as he took care of business quickly.

The next UFC event is UFC Vegas 46, which is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2022 at a venue to be determined, but likely the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Calvin Kattar takes on Giga Chikadze in the featherweight main event.

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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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