Derrick Lewis finished a stacked UFC Vegas 19 with an exclamation point, taking out Curtis Blaydes in a main event that followed a night full of finishes.
UFC Vegas 19 results: Derrick Lewis lands record-tying knockout on Curtis Blaydes
Derrick Lewis was ranked No. 4 in the UFC heavyweight division coming into Saturday night. He will move up at least one spot after blasting No. 2 ranked Curtis Blaydes.
Blaydes kept his distance early and for good reason. As soon as he moved in, Lewis landed a hard punch that briefly staggered him. After getting his legs back, Blaydes approached more cautiously, darting in and out of Lewis’s punching power.
Lewis got off balance midway through the round and Blaydes took advantage, hitting him with a couple punches and a few leg kicks that backed him up.
Lewis finally came forward, but ate a couple of hard shots from Blaydes, staggering away from him. Blaydes pressed on, driving a knee to the chin and following with an arching elbow.
Just as Blaydes appeared to be doing some damage in the waning moments of the first round, the action was halted after he accidentally caught Lewis with a finger to the eye.
Blaydes shot early in round two, but couldn’t score the takedown. He took the center of the Octagon, Lewis gingerly backing away.
Confident from his earlier shot, Blaydes attempted another takedown, this time running straight into a Lewis uppercut. The explosive punch sent Blaydes crashing to the canvas. Lewis dropped a couple more punches to the head of his downed opponent before referee Herb Dean stepped in to stop the fight.
With the knockout of Blaydes, Lewis tied Vitor Belfort for most knockouts in UFC history with 12.
So what’s next? Lewis isn’t sure.
“I heard Jon Jones is coming up. So it ain’t make no sense for me to say I’m fighting for the title. So we’ll just see,” he said after the fight.
If he were given a shot at the winner of the upcoming fight between UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and No. 1 ranked Francis Ngannou, Lewis has a preference.
“Stipe. I guess Stipe. I like them wrestlers,” Lewis said, having just knocked out a fighter that was supposed to be able to out-wrestle him.
UFC Vegas 19 results: Yana Kunitskaya takes hard fought nod over Ketlen Vieira
Yana Kunitskaya, ranked No. 7, took a huge step up the UFC bantamweight rankings with a decision victory over No. 6 ranked Ketlen Vieira.
Vieira came out firing with punches, which set up an early takedown. Kunitskaya briefly regained her feet, but Vieira again took her to the canvas. Vieira smothered her for the majority of the round, trying to advance to full mount, but had to settle for the dominant position in half guard, as Kunitskaya defended well from the bottom.
Round two was the opposite of the first frame. Vieira again stormed Kuntiskaya, but this time Kunitskaya got control in the clinch and took top position in Vieira’s guard as they hit the canvas. Kunitskaya ground and pounded Vieira, who returned to her feet on several occasions, only to have Kunitskaya put her back on the canvas.
Toward the end of round two, Kunitskaya took top side position, driving knees and elbows into Vieira’s side.
Round three started with both women being a little more hesitant to storm the other, but then Vieira scored a double-leg, quickly taking half mount. She moved to full mount midway through the round. Kunitskaya tried to escape, but Vieira moved to her back, constantly attacking and punching.
Kunitskaya eventually turned the tables, ending the final frame with some heavy punches from inside Vieira’s guard.
When the scores were read, all three judges saw it 29-28 in favor of Kunitskaya.
Kunitskaya admitted after the fight that she felt like she had done enough to win, but wasn’t confident that the judges would see it the same way. “I feel like I did do my job.”
UFC Vegas 19 results: Darrick Minner routes Charles Rosa
Darrick Minner put on the most impressive performance of his career, as he dominated Charles Rosa from bell to bell.
All three rounds, Minner came out swinging for the fences, looking to take Rosa’s head off. He rocked Rosa, but was unable to score the knockout that he was looking for.
Despite that, when the fight hit the canvas, which was expected to be Rosa’s world, Minner continued his domination.
Though Rosa searched for submission after submission throughout the fight, Minner maintained control, bludgeoning Rosa with his ground and pound attack.
By the end of the fight, Rosa’s face was bloodied, and Minner new he had the victory. The judges agreed, scoring the fight unanimously in his favor.
UFC Vegas 19 results: Chris Daukaus stakes his claim in the UFC heavyweight division
Relative newcomer Chris Daukaus scored the biggest victory of his career on Saturday night. He was already 2-0 in the Octagon with two first-round finishes, but made it three for three with his first-round stoppage of No. 10 ranked heavyweight Aleksei Oleinik at UFC Vegas 19.
Oleinik, who has 46 career submission victories to his credit, immediately tried to put Daukaus on the canvas. He was unable to do so. Daukaus fended off the takedown attempts and cracked Oleinik with a right hand.
He followed the right hand with numerous punches, unloading until the referee stepped in and stopped the fight at 1:55 of the first frame.
With little more than seven minutes of time in the Octagon, Daukaus improved to 3-0 under the UFC banner, likely forcing his way into the UFC heavyweight rankings.
UFC Vegas 19 results: Phil Hawes takes a majority nod over Nassourdine Imavov
Phil Hawes got out to an early start, controlling the fight against Nassourdine Imavov in rounds one and two. He seemed to be well ahead going into the third frame, when Imavov turned the tide. Imavov rocked Hawes, had him wobbled, but couldn’t put him away.
In the end, not getting the finish cost Imavov the fight. The judges scored it 28-28 on one card, while the other two judges notched it in Hawes’s favor, handing him a majority decision.
UFC Vegas 19 results: Tom Aspinall submits former champ Andrei Arlovski
Tom Aspinall, 15 years younger, took the fight to former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.
He backed Arlovski to the fence in round one, unloading with punch after punch, unable to put him away. In round two, Aspinall immediately took Arlovski to the canvas, where he quickly transitioned to a rear-naked choke for the submission finish.
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UFC Vegas 19 Results
UFC Vegas 19 Main Card
Main Event – Heavyweight Bout: Derrick Lewis def Curtis Blaydes by KO (punch) at 1:26, R1
Co-Main Event – Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Yana Kunitskaya def Ketlen Vieira by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Featherweight Bout: Darrick Minner def Charles Rosa by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)
Heavyweight Bout: Chris Daukaus def Aleksei Oleinik by TKO (punches) at 1:55, R1
Middleweight Bout: Phil Hawes def Nassourdine Imavov by majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Heavyweight Bout: Tom Aspinall def Andrei Arlovski by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:09, R2
UFC Vegas 19 Prelims
Featherweight Bout: Jared Gordon def Danny Chavez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Lightweight Bout: Drakkar Klose vs Luis Pena— CANCELED
Bantamweight Bout: John Castaneda def Eddie Wineland by TKO (punches) at 4:53, R1
Featherweight Bout: Julian Erosa def Nate Landwehr by TKO (flying knee) at 0:56, R1
Featherweight Bout: Rafael Alves vs Patrick Sabatini— CANCELED
Women’s Flyweight Bout: Casey O’Neill def Shana Dobson TKO (punches) at 3:41, R2
Featherweight Bout: Chas Skelly vs Jamall Emmers— CANCELED
Bantamweight Bout: Aiemann Zahabi def Drako Rodriguez by KO (punch) at 3:05, R1
Heavyweight Bout: Serghei Spivac def Jared Vanderaa by TKO (punches) at 4:32, R2