The Black Beast is back in the saddle. Derrick Lewis defeated Chris Daukaus at the UFC 199 and broke one of the most popular UFC records.
Lewis KOd Daukaus at 3:36 of the opening round, becoming the guy with the most knockouts in the UFC history. Saturday’s one was his 15th since joining the organization.
Up until this point, the Black Beast was tied with Vitor Belfort and Matt Brown. But to be honest, everyone knew that he would eclipse these guys at some point. This was his third KO win in his past four events.
Derrick Lewis 1ST ROUND KO 💥https://t.co/BP8iejkD6X
— Sideline Views (@SideIineViews) December 19, 2021
The bout started with both guys measuring one another and staying on distance. But Lewis started exploding pretty quickly, realizing that Daukaus wasn’t threatening him in any way. It seemed that Daukaus wasn’t aware of Lewis’ strength until he entered the ring, and after discovering that he was somewhat more cautious than expected.
Lewis smelled blood pretty fast, starting to throw punches all over his rival. He used powerful swings and combos to pressure Daukaus to the fence. The police officer from Philly tried to find salvation in the clinch, but he made a big mistake while doing that, giving Lewis a chance to properly target his chin.
One strong right, and then another put Daukaus to sleep, earning Lewis a place in history.
This impressive win puts back Lewis in title talks even though he recently lost the interim title bout against Ciryl Gane. Gane and Ngannou are set to meet in the title bout at the UFC 270, and Lewis admitted that if someone becomes unavailable, he will jump in. Though, he had one remark.
“Yeah, I would love to get a title fight, for sure,” he said. “If they can change that rule and make it three rounds for a title fight, hit me up. But if not, don’t call my phone.”
Dana White backed up the option of having Lewis as the first option for replacement, stating that “he should keep his phone close to him.”
As for Daukaus, he didn’t show anything worth mentioning in this event, and is bound to get back to the basics before challenging one of the elite heavyweights. With all due respect, wins against Alexey Oleinik and Shamil Abdurakhimov aren’t a spectacular achievement, and a leap from that level to Lewis is way too big. Not only for him but any heavyweight.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) December 19, 2021
In other fights of the night, Bellal Muhammad destroyed Stephen Thompson, winning via unanimous decision 30-25, 30-26, and 30-26. This was one-sided domination, in which Muhammad landed 100 strikes, 54 more than his opponent. It was the main reason why the judges scored 30-25 or 30-26 in his favor.
This was the seventh straight event in which Muhammad didn’t lose, and he already became one of the guys in the mix for challenging the undisputed welterweight ruler, Kamaru Usman.
Amanda Lemos beat Angela Hill via split decision in the ladies’ strawweight bout. It is interesting that Hill last all four split decision outcomes in her career.
Cub Swanson blew away Darren Elkins in the men’s featherweight, finishing the bout after 2:12 in the first round. He would KO the rival via punches, delivering one strong and very convincing victory.
This is all from UFC for 2021. The next event is set for January 15th, 2022, with Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze highlighting the main card.
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