A puncher’s chance is enough.
And Derrick Lewis, who has maybe the scariest one-punch knockout power in the UFC, completed one of the biggest upsets of 2021 with a brutal finish of Curtis Blaydes on Sunday (AEDT).
A huge underdog going into the Las Vegas main event between two top heavyweight contenders, Lewis, as he’s made a habit of doing, found a finish — in the form of a right uppercut — that left Blaydes stiff as a board on the canvas.
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He didn’t stop there; laying two more strikes on the chin of an unconscious Blaydes, the No. 2 contender in the division, before Herb Dean could stop the fight.
After controlling the first round, Blaydes, who had eyes on the big names at the top of the division, went looking for the takedown in the second. But Lewis was waiting.
A right uppercut timed perfectly sent Blaydes to sleep as Lewis secured his fourth straight win in the organisation.
“That was the game plan from the start — either the uppercut or the jab,” Lewis, who equalled the record for most knockouts in UFC history (12), said post-fight.
Lewis’ finishing touches — two crushing blows after Blaydes was already asleep — left many watching on in shock.
“I can’t just turn the switch off just like that,” Lewis said of the extra shots. “Some fighters can do that, but I can’t do that.”
“I got to wait until the referee pulls me off, because you never know what happens. Anything could happen. He could turn into the Undertaker and sit straight up, and eat all those shots.”
Lewis pointed to Blaydes after the stoppage, and said: “That’s Herb Dean’s fault.”
“His corner, his coaches were talking about, ‘that was bullsh*t.’
“And I was saying, that’s not my fault, that’s Herb Dean’s fault. I’m going to keep fighting until the referee pulls me off.”