As we’ve learned over the years, one punch from Derrick Lewis is enough to end a fight.
Curtis Blaydes found that out the hard way.
The fourth-placed Lewis may have literally sneaked into the heavyweight title talk with a brutal second-round knockout from Blaydes at the UFC Fight Night main event on Saturday night at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
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Lewis knew what Blaydes had come to do, and on the first opportunity to reverse competitor # 2 wrestling, he did so in a devastating way.
Blaydes stayed out of reach in an effective first round and also surprised Lewis by putting together punches and kicks that caught the attention of the “Black Beast”. He seemed to stun Lewis several times.
Blaydes made his first shutdown attempt on the second lap, but Lewis was able to stay upright. Sensing that Blaydes would try to bring the fight to the mat, Lewis hit his opponent’s attempted farewell with a perfectly tuned uppercut that landed with a disgusting bang.
Blaydes fell to the canvas and Lewis followed him, throwing a few brutal hammer fists to end the night.
“That was the punch I’ve been waiting for the whole fight,” said Lewis. “I knew he was going to come in and that was what I wanted. I didn’t care if I threw the 1-2 or anything else.”
Lewis may have to wait for his title chance while Francis Ngannou challenges UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in March. If he doesn’t get a shot right away, he’d love to see Jon Jones in the division.
“I heard Jon Jones showing up so it doesn’t make sense for me to say I’m fighting for the title,” said Lewis.
But he also made it clear that he would enjoy a shot at the champion. “I think (I want to fight) Stipe. I like her wrestlers,” he said.