The main event of UFC on ESPN+ 32 saw a clash of styles; one a submission specialist while the other a brawler. The latter is typically a slow starter, but when he connects, his shots are deadly. Derrick Lewis was able to connect immediately, making history along the way.
Lewis (24-7, 1 NC) beat Aleksei Oleinik (59-14-1) via TKO to start the second round. By getting his 19th win via knockout, Lewis now holds the record for most knockouts in UFC heavyweight history (11), while also tied for second for most knockouts in UFC history.
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Right from the start, Lewis came in hot with a high leg kick and combination shots. Lewis would end up posting Oleinik along the cage, but “The Boa Constrictor” would look for the Ezekiel Choke. Lewis would end up taking Oleinik down the floor and would follow it up with the ground and pound.
Defensively, Oleinik was able to take control of Lewis while on the floor. The veteran would grapple the legs of Lewis for a single takedown and land on top of him. He would end up locking in a scarf hold, but Lewis would back out and land hammer fists. However, Oleinik would once again look for the scarf hold. Lewis would pull off to the side, but his breathing was getting affected by the hold. The round ended before further damage could be done.
Lewis’ corner was adamant that he needed to avoid Oleinik’s holds. He appeared to listen, as he landed a flying knee and a right that put Oleinik down to the floor. “The Black Beast” would then land hammer fists until referee Herb Dean saw enough.
Lewis has now won three in a row and has won two fights in 2020. He mentioned slimming down and coming back later in the year, against an opponent to be determined.
“Hopefully, in December,” Lewis stated. “Right now, that’s all I’m focused on, trying to get my weight down.”
Making his MMA debut in 1996, the loss ended Oleinik’s two-fight win streak and he is 2-3 in his last five fights.