As we’ve got discovered through the years, all it takes is one punch from Derrick Lewis to finish a combat.
Curtis Blaydes discovered that out the onerous method.
The No. 4-ranked Lewis might have actually punched his method into the heavyweight title dialog with a brutal second-round knockout of Blaydes in the principle occasion of UFC Fight Night on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday evening.
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Lewis knew what Blaydes had come to do, and on the first alternative to show again the No. 2 contender’s wrestling, he did so in devastating vogue.
Blaydes stayed simply out of putting vary in an efficient first spherical, and he additionally stunned Lewis by placing collectively punches and kicks that obtained the “Black Beast’s” consideration. He appeared to stun Lewis on a number of events.
Blaydes made his first takedown try within the second spherical however Lewis was in a position to stay upright. Sensing that Blaydes would look to get the combat to the mat, Lewis met his opponent’s takedown attempt with a superbly timed uppercut that landed with a sickening thud.
Blaydes collapsed to the canvas and Lewis adopted him, throwing a pair of brutal hammerfists to put an finish to the evening.
“That was the punch I was waiting for the entire fight,” Lewis stated. “I knew he was going to come in and that’s what I wanted. I didn’t care about throwing the 1-2 or anything else.”
Lewis might have to attend for his title alternative with Francis Ngannou difficult UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in March. If he doesn’t get a shot immediately, then he would like to welcome Jon Jones to the division.
“I heard Jon Jones is coming up, so it don’t make no sense for me to say that I’m a fight for the title,” Lewis stated.
But he additionally made it clear that he would take pleasure in a shot on the champion. “I guess (I want to fight) Stipe. I like them wrestlers,” he stated.