Curtis Blaydes apologized for the huge heavyweight battle with Derrick Lewis. Brades will use his dominant wrestling early and often. He told anyone who would listen.
Maybe it’s bait. But Brades should have stuck to his original game plan, because Lewis beat him 1:26 in the second round of the second round of the UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Brades gained confidence at his feet in the first round and only attempted a knockdown. Lewis was full of the ball. Lewis was one of the most dangerous KO artists in MMA history, and he was paid for it.
According to ESPN Stats & Information research, this is the biggest mistake in the UFC Main Event since Michael Bisping defeated Luke Rockhold in UFC 199 in 2016. According to ESPN odds provider Caesar William Hill, Lewis is a +350 loser. Five years ago, Bisping made a +400 profit in a game against Rockhold.
Due to the work stoppage, Lewis linked Vito Belfort to the man with the most knockouts in UFC history (12). Lewis is now tied with Frank Mir for the second largest victory in UFC heavyweight history (16). Andrei Arlovski (Andrei Arlovski) is the UFC heavyweight champion, he won the championship with a record of 19.
Blaydes flinched, trying to narrow the distance to win or lose, and the game ended on Saturday. Lewis saw it coming and released it with a huge hook. Brades’ body trembled from the impact and lost consciousness when he fell on the canvas. Lewis punched the ground until the referee Herb Dean came in and pulled him down.
Lewis said: “That was the only punch I waited for the entire fight.” “I knew he would come in… That’s all I was waiting for. I’m not worried about throwing one or two, jabs, and the like. .”
Brades was very effective in the first round of footwork training, combining hard and kicking Lewis in the front leg. He eventually defeated Louis 28-7 in a major blow. Lewis stiffened with his right hand early and shook Brad briefly, but otherwise, Brad was still under control.
This is also the beginning of the second round, but Lewis always threatens to put his opponent to sleep. Brades was hit by a bomb.
Brades did not win any victory in this battle. In UFC competitions, he has 59 professional landings, which is the most in UFC heavyweight history.
“At the end of the first round, I was like he was screwing up, screwing up,” Lewis said of Brades not landing. “That’s what I said in my head… I was like, keep playing this game. This is what I said to myself.”
The game was originally scheduled to be held on November 28, but Brades tested positive for COVID-19 and the game was kicked off the day before the game until the official weighing. ESPN topped the list, Blaydes ranked third among heavyweights, and Lewis ranked fifth in the world.
Francis Ngannou will win the next title in UFC 260 champion Stipe Miocic on March 27, while the pound-for-pound great Jon Jones ( Jon Jones) seems to be waiting for the championship. Lewis is now in pole position just in case anything happens to these athletes, but he said that if Nganu and Jones are ahead of him, it would be foolish to say that he wants the next title.
Instead, Lewis said that even though Overeem lost to Alexander Volkov, he still wanted to fight Alistair Overeem.
He said: “It would be cool to fight him because he is a so-called legend.” “It is cool to fight with someone like that….We have been fighting with him for years, and he has refused four times. There was a fight.”
UFC Fight Night was held at UFC Apex, which is the location opposite the company campus in Las Vegas.
Lewis (25-7, 1 NC) won four consecutive victories. He won the championship in August by defeating Aleksei Oleinik by KO. Houston residents had the most knockout games in UFC heavyweight history before Saturday. The 36-year-old fan favorite Lewis (Lewis) has won seven of nine games and 13 of 16 games.
Brades (14-3, 1 NC) has won four consecutive victories, most recently defeating Alexander Volkov with a unanimous decision in June last year. The Illinois native trained with the Colorado High Altitude Combat Team lost to a man in the UFC before Saturday: Ngannou, twice.
The 30-year-old Blaydes is a former NJCAA national wrestling champion and usually sells his style based on fall and ground control in MMA.