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Derrick
Lewis
’ massive knockout of Curtis
Blaydes
halted the championship aspirations of his opponent,
and it made “The Black Beast” $50,000 richer in the process.

Lewis received a “Performance of the Night” bonus thanks to a
finish of Blaydes 1:26 into the second round of their heavyweight
headliner at
UFC Fight Night 185
on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
After getting outstruck for a round, Lewis timed a Blaydes’
takedown attempt and blasted his foe with an uppercut. The Houston
native sealed his win with a pair of brutal ground strikes.

Elsewhere, Chris
Daukaus
garnered a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award for
making short work of Alexey
Oleynik
in a featured heavyweight matchup. Daukaus forced the
submission specialist to remain standing and rocked the Russian
with a right hand, then swarmed with punches and knees against the
fence to secure a stoppage 1:55 into Round 1.

Tom
Aspinall
was the third heavyweight on the main card to take
home a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” check, as he submitted
Andrei
Arlovski
with a rear-naked choke. The Englishman rocked his foe
with a combination in Round 1 but was unable to put “The Pit Bull”
away. In Round 2, Aspinall shifted, gears, scored a double-leg
takedown and quickly locked in the fight-ending hold 69 seconds
into the frame.

Earlier, Aiemann
Zahabi
returned from hiatus to earn the event’s final $50,000
“Performance of the Night” payday with a resounding knockout of
Drako
Rodriguez
in a preliminary bantamweight encounter. While
Rodriguez fared well in early exchanges, Zahabi landed the decisive
blow when he countered an uppercut with an overhand right to end
the bout 3:05 into the opening stanza.


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