UFC Vegas 19: Derrick Lewis knocked out Curtis Blaydes in spectacular fashion.
Derrick Lewis defeated Curtis Blaydes via knockout (strikes), Round 2 – 1:26 at UFC Vegas 19 on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2020, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV.
“That was the only punch I was waiting for the whole fight. I was waiting on the uppercut or the knee, I didn’t care about throwing the 1-2 or jab or anything,” said Lewis following the knockout victory. The win was Lewis’ fourth in a row and improved his career mark to 25-7 with 20 knockouts.
Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis round 1 recap
The first round opened with Lewis standing in the middle of the Octagon and Blaydes circling to the outside. Lewis landed a sharp combination that sent Blaydes moving in the opposite direction, spinning out of danger. Not deterred after getting caught, Blaydes continued to press forward. The two heavyweights traded punches. Lewis attempted a pair of kicks, both failing to land. Blaydes came forward, fainted, and caught Lewis with a counter combination.
To finish the combination, Blaydes landed a painful-looking leg kick that made Lewis’ knee buckle. Both fighters traded punches with Blaydes winning the exchange, sending Lewis stumbling backward. Blaydes landed another strong leg kick. In the final 45 seconds, Blaydes appeared to hurt Lewis but his momentum was stuffed following an accidental eye poke that led to a temporary stoppage.
Referee Herb Dean warned both of the fighters about eye pokes. The fight resumed but with only a few seconds left in the round.
FanSided Scored it: 10-9 Blaydes
Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis round 2 recap
Dean immediately warned Lewis about extending his fingers towards his opponent. Blaydes went for a takedown but Lewis was able to fight it off. Lewis looked to Dean for another eye poke but Dean told both fighters that it was a slap and not a poke. Out of nowhere, Lewis landed a vicious uppercut that caught Blaydes coming in for a takedown. Blaydes’ body fell backward unconscious. Lewis jumped ontop and landed two more shots before Dean could run in and stop the fight.
What’s next for the heavyweight contenders?
The heavyweight title picture is a bit of a logjam. Reigning champion Stipe Miocic is scheduled to defend his title at UFC 260 against Francis Ngannou. Dana White has suggested that former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will fight the winner in his heavyweight debut. That leaves Lewis, to make a decision after his win as a +350 underdog on Saturday night. Lewis has two choices, wait his turn until he gets his shot at the heavyweight championship or he can stay active and fight another contender. If Lewis decides he would like to stay busy, he could fight the winner of next weekend’s fight between Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Ciryl Gane.
Blaydes dropped to 14-3 in his career with his loss against Lewis and his two previous losses against Ngannou the only marks against his otherwise stellar record. The 30-year-old will likely take some time off to recover but when he makes his return to the Octagon next, he will be matched up against another top 10 ranked heavyweight.
UFC Vegas 19 took place on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.