Underdog Derrick Lewis declared an upset win over Curtis Blaydes in the primary occasion at UFC Battle Night 185 in Las Vegas as Britain’s Tom Aspinall acquired his most significant profession success.
Lewis knocked out Blaydes with a sensational uppercut one minute and 26 seconds into round 2.
Heavyweight Aspinall required ex-champion Andrei Arlovski to send through a second-round rear naked choke.
” I didn’t anticipate to complete him with a submission,” stated the 27-year-old.
” I have actually viewed him for a long period of time so this implies a lot to me. I enjoy with the outcome however not the efficiency. I found out a lot out there.”
Aspinall, a previous sparring partner of Tyson Fury, made his intents clear early on, instantly taking the centre of the cage and bold Arlovski to participate in a striking match.
The 42-year-old took the bait however was captured with a heavy strike which permitted Aspinall to let loose a flurry of quick-fire punches.
Nevertheless, the veteran endured the early barrage and handled to capture his more youthful challenger with a couple of tidy shots as the preliminary waned.
As Arlovski attempted to resume the striking match, Aspinall required his challenger up versus the cage with a double leg takedown.
Arlovski tried to leave, however in doing so provided Aspinall a window to take his back which he did simply over a minute into the 2nd round.
In the primary occasion, Lewis was available in with the most knockouts in UFC heavyweight history and included another for his 4th straight win.
Although he linked on simply 7 overall strikes – compared to 28 for Blaydes – he made the last one count with Blaydes left unconscious as he struck the mat.
” That was the only punch I was waiting on the whole battle,” Lewis stated.
” I understood he was gon na be available in. I wasn’t fretted about tossing a one-two, a jab or anything.”