Derrick lewis was just crowned UFC's heavyweight knockout king
“The Black Beast” delivered a nasty KO to
just 21 seconds into the second round in the UFC on ESPN+ 32 main event Saturday night.
For Lewis (24-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC), this marks 11 knockouts under the UFC banner, the record for the heavyweight weight divison. Overall, Lewis is now tied for second in knockouts with Anderson Silva, both of whom are one behind record holder Vitor Belfort.
Analysts suspected an interesting fight, as Lewis' heavy-hitting KO style, would see an interesting competition from Oleinik (59-14-1 MMA, 8-5 UFC), one of the greatest mat competitors in heavyweight history.
Oleinik maintained control in the first round. The Russian worked Lewis into several submission attempts, including a bulldog choke that had Lewis almost finished. Lewis eventually managed to escape, but Oleinik transitioned to an armbar, which he couldn’t quite straighten out before the horn sounded.
Lewis, however, is known to play from behind, and Saturday was no different. Lewis started the second round with a running knee to Oleinik's chest. He followed that up with a powerful right hand which took Oleinik to the floor. A series of ground-and-pound strikes continued until referee Herb Dean waved things off.
“It feels good, especially that he had that British bulldog, whatever the hell the head submission was he put on me pretty deep,” Lewis said. “I couldn’t breathe at all.”
This fight snapped Oleinik's two-game winning streak, and represents Lewis' third straight dub.
The heavyweight bout was the UFC on ESPN+ 32 main event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It streamed on ESPN+.
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