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UFC Vegas 45: Derrick Lewis starches Chris Daukaus

"The Black Beast" sets UFC KO record

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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