UFC Fight Night live updates and results: Curtis Blaydes versus Derrick Lewis
Two of the best heavyweights on the planet will conflict with title suggestions on the line.
Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis meet Saturday in the headliner of UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas. The session was at first booked for back on Nov. 28, yet Blaydes tried positive for COVID-19 and the challenge was pulled one day preceding the occasion.
ESPN has Blaydes positioned No. 3 and Lewis positioned No. 5 at heavyweight. While Francis Ngannou is getting the following title took shots at champion Stipe Miocic one month from now at UFC 260, and unsurpassed incredible Jon Jones appears to be standing ready for the victor, the Blaydes versus Lewis victor places himself in shaft position on the off chance that something occurs with any of those competitors.
Blaydes (14-2, 1 NC) has won four straight and is falling off a consistent choice win over Alexander Volkov last June. The Illinois local, who prepares out of Colorado's Elevation Fight Team, has lost to just one man in the UFC: Ngannou, and he has done that twice. Blaydes, 30, is a previous NJCAA public victor in wrestling and makes no expressions of remorse for his takedown and ground-control style in MMA.
Lewis (day in and day out, 1 NC) has won three straight, remembering a knockout success over Aleksei Oleinik for August. The Houston occupant claims the most knockouts in UFC heavyweight history (11). Lewis, a 36-year-old fan top choice, has won six of eight and 12 of 15 in general.
In the co-headliner, Ketlen Vieira meets Yana Kunitskaya in a catchweight session. Vieira missed weight Friday by two pounds. ESPN has Vieira positioned No. 7 on the planet at ladies' bantamweight and Kunitskaya at No. 9. Vieira (11-1) skiped back from her first profession misfortune by beating Sijara Eubanks in September. Kunitskaya (13-5, 1 NC) has won three of four.
Likewise on the card, Oleinik meets Chris Daukaus in an interesting heavyweight session, veteran lightweight Charles Rosa faces Darrick Minner and previous UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski battles up-and-comer Tom Aspinall.
Jeff Wagenheim and Marc Raimondi recap the activity as it occurs. You can likewise watch the battles on ESPN+.
Heavyweight: Tom Aspinall (10-2, 3-0 UFC) massacres Andrei Arlovski (30-20 1 NC, 18-14 1 NC UFC) by means of second-round accommodation
Aspinall won for the third time in three UFC sessions. In any case, this one was unique.
For a certain something, it was the first of his successes inside the Octagon that endured longer than 1:35, as he had scored snappy knockouts of his past adversaries. This battle kept going into the second round, and something else that was diverse about it was that it finished in accommodation, Aspinall's first tapout win since 2015.
Generally extraordinary of all, making this the greatest triumph in his profession, was the resistance. Aspinall, 27, presently claims a success over a previous UFC champion.
In getting his 6th consecutive success, Aspinall flaunted quick hands that put Arlovski in risk early. Yet, the 42-year-old Belarusian, who lives and prepares in Chicago, endured a hardship of lightning-fast punches against the confine, and emerged from the whirlwind terminating back. Arlovski's face was increased yet he completed the first round looking new.
At that point Aspinall utilized his briskness in an entirely different manner. A moment into Round 2, he amazed Arlovski with a takedown and squandered not a second prior clasping on a back bare stifle, inspiring a practically quick tapout at 1:09 of the round.
For Arlovski, who reigned as UFC heavyweight champ in 2005 and 2006 and was in his 52nd vocation session, the misfortune finished a two-battle series of wins.
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Men's featherweight: Jared Gordon (17-4, 5-3 UFC) routs Danny Chavez (11-4, 1-1 UFC) by consistent choice
Against a strong striker with quick hands, Gordon put in a veteran execution.
Gordon brought down Chavez in the second and third adjusts and pounded out a consistent choice win (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) in a catchweight session. Gordon missed load by four pounds Friday morning for what ought to have been a featherweight session. Gordon relinquished 30% of his satchel to Chavez.
Chavez had accomplishment on the feet with brisk blends in the first round. However, before the finish of the main, Gordon planned Chavez's speed and begun landing hard blends of his own. In the second and third, Gordon had accomplishment on the feet, however he had the option to get Chavez down in the two rounds and on the tangle the session was uneven. Chavez didn't have numerous answers as Gordon landed shots from top position.
Gordon, 32, has won two straight and three of four. The New York local, who trains at Sanford MMA in Florida, has lost distinctly to top lightweight Charles Oliveira since 2018. Chavez, a 33-year-old Florida inhabitant, had a four-battle series of wins snapped.
Men's bantamweight: John Castañeda (18-5, 1-1 UFC) massacres Eddie Wineland (24-15-1, 6-9 UFC) by first-round TKO
Castañeda was getting gotten the best of ahead of schedule, yet once he took a stab at driving the dance halfway through Round 1, he was unable to miss, creating a TKO at 4:44 of Round 1 to get his first UFC triumph.
The 29-year-old local of Mexico, who battles out of Minneapolis, couldn't get rolling in the initial minutes, as Wineland marked out the focal point of the confine and sought after him forcefully with mixes of punches and kicks. At that point, in the last moment of the round, Castañeda handled a straight right hand flush on the jawline, wobbling Wineland. Castañeda went in pursuit, releasing a whirlwind of six additional punches, all of which associated, the last one dropping his veteran rival and prompting the stoppage.
For Wineland, 36, a previous WEC bantamweight champion from Chesterton, Indiana, who was in his 40th profession battle, it was the fourth misfortune in his last five sessions.
Castañeda is a veteran of 23 professional battles yet only one past one in the UFC. He came into the session having lost three of his previous four sessions, including his UFC debut last July.
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Men's featherweight: Julian Erosa (25-9, 4-4 UFC) routs Nate Landwehr (14-4, 1-2 UFC) by means of first-round TKO
Erosa experienced Landwehr in difficulty with uppercuts in the secure. As Landwehr withdrew toward the pen, Erosa approached and handled an immense flying knee. Landwehr collided with the material - and that was it.
Ref Mark Smith stepped in and pulled Erosa off. Landwehr contended. Be that as it may, Erosa was granted a TKO succeed at :56 of the first round. Landwehr appeared to in any case be intelligent and endeavoring to protect toward the completion, however Smith suspected something.
"[Smith] saved his life," Erosa said. "[Landwehr] was going to pass on. He pulled me off him."
Landwehr really cut Erosa with a punch and momentarily dropped him, before Erosa terminated back amazingly.
"I'm willing to pass on this evening in that confine, I advised myself in the back," Erosa said. "He got me with a punch, I don't actually even recall it. I simply recollect getting up off my knee and pushing forward."
Erosa, 31, has won three straight, remembering his last two for the UFC. The Seattle local was really delivered by the UFC in 2019 after three straight misfortunes, however has worked his way back and is presently discovering achievement. Landwehr, a 32-year-old Tennessee local, has dropped two of three.
Ladies' flyweight: Casey O'Neill (6-0, 1-0 UFC) routs Shana Dobson (4-5, 2-4 UFC) by second-round TKO
O'Neill didn't seem as though a contender making her UFC debut. She seemed as though somebody who's undefeated.
The 23-year-old from Australia, who was brought into the world in Scotland and has lived Down Under since age 10, was predominant from start to forgiving completion in keeping her record amazing in her first Octagon appearance.
O'Neill got an early takedown, and when she lost the position, she just took the plunge once more. Before the finish of Round 1, she was on top of Dobson, dropping elbows and compromising an accommodation.
Cycle 2 was business as usual. O'Neill took the battle to the material promptly and held onto predominant situation, for back control and afterward full mount. Dobson made an honest effort to get away from the position, however O'Neill deftly looked after control. She conveyed elbows and punches until the arbitrator bounced in at 3:41 of the round.
Dobson, who is 31 and a Miami local, trains in Denver as a feature of Team Elevation, a similar group as primary eventer Curtis Blaydes. She has lost four of her previous five sessions.
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Dropped: Men's featherweight: Chas Skelly (18-3 1 NC, 7-3 1 NC UFC, +180) versus Jamall Emmers (18-5, 1-1 UFC, - 220)
Chas Skelly remained in the Octagon and sat tight for his adversary, Jamall Emmers, to make his passageway. However, Emmers won't ever come out.
The UFC Fight Night session among Skelly and Emmers was dropped Saturday when Emmers couldn't contend subsequent to enduring back fits behind the stage, as indicated by the UFC broadcast.
Skelly was at that point in the confine at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas when Octagon commentator Joe Martinez made the declaration that the battle would not occur.
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Men's bantamweight: Aiemann Zahabi (8-2, 2-2 UFC) massacres Drako Rodriguez (7-2, 0-1 UFC) by first-round KO
Zahabi had not been in a battle since 2019. Why might three more sit minutes matter?
The 33-year-old from Montreal, who trains in the Tristar Gym of his more established sibling, Firas Zahabi, tossed scarcely a strike over the principal half of the opening round. However, at that point he released an overhand right that imploded Rodriguez for the one-punch knockout at 3:05 of Round 1.
In Zahabi's first battle since May 2019 and second appearance since 2017, he finished a two-battle losing streak.
Rodriguez, who is 24 and battling out of Sioux City, Iowa, was making his UFC debut. He came out as the assailant and handled some perfect shots early, a few lead uppercuts. In any case, when Zahabi at last associated, it was lights out for Rodriguez, who saw a three-battle series of wins reach a conclusion.
This session initially was planned to occur in December, yet Zahabi tried positive for COVID-19. The rescheduled battle occurred at 140.5-pound catchweight after Rodriguez missed as far as possible on Friday.
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Heavyweight: Serghei Spivac (12-2, 3-2 UFC) defeats Jared Vanderaa (11-5, 0-1 UFC) by second-round TKO
Spivac left Vanderaa in a puddle blood.
On top for the vast majority of the second round, Spivac beat away from the position. The punches were not the hardest - the two men were obviously drained. Yet, official Chris Tognoni canceled the session at 4:32 of the second, administering Spivac the champ by TKO.
The first round went likewise. Spivac overwhelmed on the ground and Vanderaa had not many answers. Spivac appears to be a genuine possibility in the heavyweight division.
Spivac, 26, has won two straight and three of five battles in the UFC. The Ukraine local, who battles out of Moldova, has nine completions in 12 vocation wins. Vanderra, a 28-year-old Washington local, was making his UFC debut following a first-round TKO against Harry Hunsucker on Dana White's Contender Series last November.
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Still to come:
Heavyweight: Curtis Blaydes (14-2 1 NC, 9-2 1 NC UFC, - 380) vs. Derrick Lewis (24-7 1 NC, 15-5 UFC, +300)
Ladies' bantamweight: Ketlen Vieira (11-1, 5-1 UFC, - 280) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (13-5, 3-2 UFC, +230)
Men's featherweight: Charles Rosa (13-4, 4-4 UFC, - 190) vs. Darrick Minner (25-11, 1-1 UFC, +160)