Derrick Lewis knocks Chris Daukaus out at UFC Vegas 45

In the main event of UFC Vegas 45, we saw a big time showdown in the heavyweight division. Former two-time title challenger Derrick Lewis (25-8, 1 NC) returned as he took on the surging Chris Daukaus (12-3).

This was a massive step up in competition for Daukaus who was getting his first taste of a UFC main event. The last time we saw Daukaus was back in September when he took on Shamil Abdurakhimov.

Daukaus scored a second round knockout. That win moved him to 4-0 in the UFC and all four of those wins have come via knockout. Now, he was tasked with taking on the greatest knockout artist in heavyweight history.

The record holder for the most knockouts in UFC history is ‘The Black Beast’. Derrick Lewis has ungodly one-punch knockout power and that power has made him a star with the promotion.

Well, that power and his personality. The last time we saw Lewis was at UFC 265 when he had a shot at the interim heavyweight champion against Ciryl Gane. He came up short that night, but he was hoping to turn things around at UFC Vegas 45.

UFC Vegas 45 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 45 main event kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Lewis holds the center as Daukaus circles on the outside. Both men just trying to feel the other out here in the opening seconds. Lots of feints from Daukaus as Lewis is just stalking him here.

Daukaus throws his first combination but was a bit out of range. Nice leg kick from Daukaus. Lewis just plotting forward here. Leg kick from Daukaus and Lewis explodes forward with a right hand that just misses but Daukaus felt that power.

Heavy leg kick from Lewis then both men exchange big shots. Now it’s Daukaus moving forward. High kick attempt from Lewis and now he’s coming forward. Beautiful leg kick lands from Daukaus and he lands another on The Black Beast.

Here comes Lewis. Massive power shots in the clinch and Daukaus is covering up but Lewis is all over him. Daukaus is fighting back but Lewis is giving him no room to breathe. Crippling shot from Lewis and Daukaus is out cold. Another huge knockout win for The Black Beast.

Derrick Lewis def. Chris Daukaus by KO – Round 1

UFC Vegas 45 Preview: Derrick Lewis – Chris Daukaus

Tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Vegas 45, we will see a big time showdown in the heavyweight division. Former two-time title challenger Derrick Lewis (25-8) returns as he takes on the surging Chris Daukaus (12-3).

This is a massive step up in competition for Daukaus who is getting his first taste of a UFC main event. The last time we saw Daukaus was back in September when he took on Shamil Abdurakhimov.

Daukaus scored a second round knockout. That win moved him to 4-0 in the UFC and all four of those wins have come via knockout. Now, he’s taking on the greatest knockout artist in heavyweight history.

The record holder for the most knockouts in UFC history is ‘The Black Beast’. Derrick Lewis has ungodly one-punch knockout power and that power has made him a star with the promotion.

Well, that power and his personality. The last time we saw Lewis was at UFC 265 when he had a shot at the interim heavyweight champion against Ciryl Gane. He came up short that night, but he’s hoping to turn things around at UFC Vegas 45.

UFC Vegas 45 Prediction

If you want someone who can give Derrick Lewis problems, you want someone who is really fast and slick on the feet. Someone like a Ciryl Gane who was able to really expose Lewis when they fought.

Chris Daukaus possesses a lot of those qualities which will make him a challenge for Lewis at UFC Vegas 45. Daukaus is very quick on the feet and he does a great job of throwing combinations.

Not too mention he’s also very good on the ground, we just haven’t seen that part of his game. Daukaus is more technical and slick on the feet. That said, Derrick Lewis can win any fight he’s in due to his power alone.

It doesn’t matter how good Daukaus looks, Lewis can turn the lights off with one shot and we’ve seen Daukaus finished before. That power has really made the UFC Vegas 45 main event so intriguing.

I really like Daukaus as a prospect for the heavyweight division. However, I don’t think I can pick against Lewis here. The odds of him landing one bomb are decent and I’m not sure Daukaus will be standing after it lands.

Prediction: Derrick Lewis by KO – Round 2

UFC close to booking Derrick Lewis – Chris Daukaus

The Black Beast is ready to make his return to the UFC. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report this evening that the UFC is close to finalizing a matchup between Derrick Lewis (25-8, 1 NC) and Chris Daukaus (12-3).

The fight would take place and likely headline a UFC Fight Night on December 18th. Dana White broke the news to Okamoto that the promotion was planning this matchup between these two knockout artists.

This is a massive step up in competition for Chris Daukaus who has been on a roll in the UFC. Daukaus got his first shot on the big show last August when he took on Parker Porter.

He made a splash by getting a first round knockout, however, he wasn’t done there. After that matchup, Daukaus would fight three more times including last Saturday at UFC 266.

All three of those fights ended the same way the first one did and that’s with Daukaus securing a knockout. Daukaus has been splitting his time between the UFC and his job as a police officer. However, he’s decided to take a leave from the force to focus on his fighting career.

Black Beast’s UFC Return

One of the more charismatic and loveable heavyweights on the roster will be back in December. Derrick Lewis has been itching to get back in the cage after he fell completely flat in his last performance.

At UFC 265, Lewis got a dream opportunity. He got to fight for the interim heavyweight title in his hometown of Houston, Texas. Lewis was never able to get anything going in that interim title fight with Ciryl Gane and ultimately got stopped.

That loss snapped a four-fight win streak for Lewis which included a devastating knockout over Curtis Blaydes earlier this year. Lewis holds the record for the most knockouts in the UFC and it’s easy to see why.

When he lands on you, you’re likely going to sleep. The problem was that Ciryl Gane was just a little too quick for him. Perhaps Chris Daukaus will be as well or perhaps we will be in for another Black Beast celebration on December 18th.

After big win at UFC Vegas 19, what’s next for Tom Aspinall?

This past weekend at UFC Vegas 19 was a card of the heavyweights. Out of the six main card matchups, half took place in the heavyweight division. The fight that opened the card was one that a lot of folks were paying attention to.

One of the best prospects in the division, Tom Aspinall (10-2), took on former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski (30-20, 2 NC). The matchup was incredibly intriguing and had a great story behind it.

UFC 70 took place in England and a young Tom Aspinall was in attendance. He was just a kid and he got to witness Andrei Arlovski fight Fabricio Werdum in the co-main event. Watching Arlovski made Aspinall want to become a mixed martial artist.

Fast forward 14 years and Aspinall was fighting the very man who inspired him to become a professional fighter. Sure, Arlovski is not the same anymore at 42 years old, but he had just won two straight in 2020 over top heavyweight prospects.

The fight was going to be a tough test for Aspinall. Aspinall is so exciting due to how well rounded he is. He’s known for his incredible striking, however, his ground game is sensational and he showed that off at UFC Vegas 19.

In the first round, Aspinall hurt Arlovski on the feet. For a minute, it looked like he was going to get his third straight first round knockout in the UFC. However, Arlovski stayed composed and the fight continued.

In the second round, after some back and forth on the feet, Aspinall shot in for a beautifully timed takedown. While along the fence, Arlovski tried to stand and Aspinall locked in a rear-naked choke for the win. If you would’ve blinked, you would’ve missed Aspinall’s third UFC finish.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 19?

Aspinall made his debut with the UFC back in July and he’s already 3-0 with three stoppages. As mentioned, he’s got sensational striking and he just showed how slick he is on the ground. He looks to be the total package.

After the fight was over, Aspinall called for one of the other heavyweight winners on the card. He said he knows he wouldn’t get the winner of the main event, but any other winner would do as he builds up.

Personally, I think that one of the other winners from UFC Vegas 19 makes for the perfect fight. That winner would be Chris Daukaus (11-3). Daukaus made quick work of top ten contender, Alexey Oleynik on Saturday night.

Like Aspinall, Daukaus is now 3-0 with three stoppages in his UFC career. Daukaus earned a contract on The Contender Series and he hasn’t looked back. Both of these men look like great prospects for the heavyweight division and I would love to see them square off.