Derrick Lewis closed 2021 for the UFC in his style. It took the Black Beast just over three and a half minutes to knock out Chris Daukaus. For a former Philadelphia police officer, this is his first defeat within the UFC, and he experienced it in his fifth appearance.
Lewis on the other hand came back with wins after losing to Cyril Gane in August in a match for the interim heavyweight champion. The duel between the third-ranked challenger (Lewis) and the seventh-ranked (Daukaus) heavyweight challenger began cautiously.
Both fighters are known as excellent knockouts, and Derrick Lewis is one of the deadliest hitters in UFC history. We didn't see almost a single shot for the first 60 seconds, and then Daukaus tried to do something directly from a distance.
Derrick Lewis was patient and welcomed the opportunity in the second half of the round. Lewis threw an attractive "roundhouse" kick after which Daukaus ended up with a wire. Although Daukaus was not shaken, nor did that blow sit down cleanly, Lewis smelled blood and quickly closed the distance after Chris began to retreat.
"Black Beast" placed a series of blows, and Daukaus was a bit hesitant. He got into exchanges and then decided to cover and defend against blows.
Lewis was tireless, he hit right-handed from the clinch a few times, and no one can take that many blows in a row from such a powerful hitter.
Daukaus fell asleep for a moment, and the referee reacted quickly and stopped the match. Derrick Lewis recorded his 13th knockout victory within the UFC and thus made history. Namely, Lewis no longer shares first place with Vitor Belfort and Matt Brown when it comes to knockouts under the auspices of the UFC.
Lewis is now lonely in the first place, that is, the record is only his. It was also the 17th UFC win for Lewis. Andrei Arlovski is the heavyweight record holder with 21 wins, and Lewis is currently in second place. In the co-title fight of the evening, Stephen Thompson repeated the fight he had against Gilbert Burns.
Belal Muhammad "rewrote" Burns' work, and by wrestling and control in the ground floor, he came to a convincing victory with a unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-26). Referee cards say enough about the dominance, and Muhammad tookdown "Wonderboy" as many as seven times.
Thompson is without a doubt one of the best UFC fighters when it comes to stance. However, his takedown defense and ground skills create problems for him every time he faces fighters to whom these segments are a strong side.