Underdog Derrick Lewis claimed an upset win over Curtis Blaydes in the principle occasion at UFC Fight Night 185 in Las Vegas as Britain’s Tom Aspinall gained his greatest profession victory.
Lewis knocked out Blaydes with a shocking uppercut one minute and 26 seconds into spherical two.
Heavyweight Aspinall pressured ex-champion Andrei Arlovski to submit through a second-round rear bare choke.
“I didn’t expect to finish him with a submission,” stated the 27-year-old.
“I’ve watched him for a long time so this means a lot to me. I’m happy with the result but not the performance. I learned a lot out there.”
Aspinall, a former sparring associate of Tyson Fury, made his intentions clear early on, instantly taking the centre of the cage and daring Arlovski to have interaction in a putting match.
The 42-year-old took the bait however was caught with a heavy strike which allowed Aspinall to unleash a flurry of quick-fire punches.
However, the veteran withstood the early barrage and managed to catch his youthful opponent with a couple of clear pictures as the primary spherical drew to a detailed.
As Arlovski tried to renew the putting match, Aspinall pressured his opponent up towards the cage with a double leg takedown.
Arlovski tried to flee, however in doing so gave Aspinall a window to take his again which he did simply over a minute into the second spherical.
In the principle occasion, Lewis got here in with essentially the most knockouts in UFC heavyweight historical past and added one other for his fourth straight win.
Although he linked on simply seven complete strikes – in comparison with 28 for Blaydes – he made the final one depend with Blaydes left unconscious as he hit the mat.
“That was the only punch I was waiting for the entire fight,” Lewis stated.
“I knew he was gonna come in. I wasn’t worried about throwing a one-two, a jab or anything.”