In a fight that could have ended at a moments notice, Junior Dos Santos’ damaging spinning back kick to the body allowed the Brazilian to grow in strength before a right hand marked the beginning of the end for Derrick Lewis.
After exchanging powerful punches early in the fight, Dos Santos landed a flush spinning back kick in the first round that keeled Lewis over but ‘The Black Beast’ still offered a dangerous proposition for Dos Santos due to his mammoth power.
With Lewis never quite the same after absorbing the punishing strike to the body however, JDS’s boxing quality began to shine through before a range finding one-two grounded Lewis. With Lewis turtled on the mat, Dos Santos piled on the pressure with a flurry of punches to earn his third straight win in the heavyweight division.
Junior dos Santos def. Derrick Lewis via TKO (Round 2, 1:58)
Elizeu Zaleski def. Curtis Millender via submission (rear-naked choke) (Round 1, 2:35)
Niko Price def. Tim Means via TKO (Round 1, 4:50)
Blagoy Ivanov def. Ben Rothwell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Beneil Dariush def. Drew Dober via submission (armbar) (Round 2, 4:41)
Omari Akhmedov def. Tim Boetsch via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Anthony Rocco Martin def. Sergio Moraes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Yana Kunitskaya def. Marion Reneau via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Grant Dawson def. Julian Erosa via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)
Maurice Greene def. Jeff Hughes via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Matt Schnell def. Louis Smolka via submission (triangle choke) (Round 1, 3:18)
Alex Morono def. Zak Ottow via TKO (Round 1, 3:34)
Alex White def. Dan Moret via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
(Performance of the Night bonus winners: Niko Price & Beneil Dariush; Fight of the Night bonus winner: Junior dos Santos vs. Derrick Lewis)