Main Card Results
Derrick Lewis def. Chris Daukaus via KO – Rd, 3:36
Belal Muhammad def. Stephen Thompson via UD (30-25, 30-26, 30-26) Amanda Lemos def. Angela Hill via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28) Ricky Simon def. Raphael Assuncao via KO (punches) – Rd 2, 2:14
Mateusz Gamrot def. Diego Ferreira via TKO (referee stoppage) – Rd 2, 3:26 Cub Swanson def. Darren Elkins via TKO (strikes) – Rd 1, 2:12
Preliminary Card Results
Gerald Meerschaert def. Dustin Stoltzfus via sub (rear-naked choke) – Rd 3, 2:58
Justin Tafa def. Harry Hunsucker via TKO (head kick) – Rd 1, 1:53
Melissa Gatto def. Sijara Eubanks via TKO (body kick) – Rd 3, 0:45
Charles Jourdain def. Andre Ewell via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)
Raquel Pennington def. Macy Chiasson via sub (guillotine choke) – Rd 2, 3:07 Don’tale Mayes def. Josh Parisian via TKO (strikes) – Rd 3, 3:26
Jordan Leavitt def. Matt Sayles via sub (inverted triangle choke) – Rd 2, 2:05
…And that’s a wrap for the UFC for 2021! UFC Vegas 45 was the last event of the year and there was plenty to talk about. The Apex center this weekend saw 10 finishes in 13 bouts providing another successful weekend for the leading MMA company.
Derrick Lewis vs Chris Daukaus
With plenty of speculation around Lewis’ headspace, he managed to dismantle the heavy-handed copper Daukaus inside the very first round. While there was a gentle feeling out process, Lewis’s 30 lbs weight advantage was clearly on display as he looked to wobble Daukuas after every strike.
Knowing he had to make up for his last performance, Lewis delivered in more ways in one as he cracked Daukaus with several right hands to fold up the heavyweight prospect in a devastating fashion.
Lewis, who owns a win over the current heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou mentioned, in his typical jokey-lazy way that he still has eyes on the gold strap, but only if it’s a two-round affair.
Stephen Thompson vs Belal Muhammad
In theory, this duel could only go two ways; Wonderboy operating in a technical stand-up clinic or Belal suffocating Thompson with consecutive takedowns. Unfortunately from an entertainment standpoint, it was the latter that occurred with Belal landing 7 out of 9 takedowns throughout the fight. Despite not being the most adventurous fight you’ve ever seen, Belal had to stick to his game plan and put on an impressive cardio-mania wrestling clinic to mute Wonderboy’s stand-up game, only allowing the striker to land 19 significant strikes all fight.
Knowing the difficulties of stopping a fighter like Thompson, Belal made it clear that the difficulties were extended due to the ignorant fan in the stands. Despite both fighters being from America, the loudmouth drunk chanted “USA! USA!” throughout the fight with both Belal and commentary calling out the confused fan separately on air.
Fans aside, Belal has now made it a 7 undefeated streak and will be hoping to stand across welterweight champ Kamaru Usman sooner rather than later.
Amanda Lemos vs Angela Hill
This fight held lots of anticipation. Lemos carried hype through clear knockout power, defeating 7 of her previous 10 opponents via KO / TKO, which is rather impressive for a strawweight. But standing in her way is the always game Angela Hill.
The fight played out as most may expect, an unforgiving stand-up war between a fresh up-and-comer and the veteran striker Hill. As the fight was back and forth, there was no doubt that both fighters took a round each. While the third was down to discussion, the controversy came after the bout with one of the judges bizarrely gave all three rounds to the Brazilian Lemos. But being no stranger to dodgy decisions, Hill took the defeat with class and gave full respect to Amanda Lemos, who also followed suit.
The fight night had plenty of great fights with particular shoutouts to Cub Swanson rampaging through fellow veteran Darren Elkins, Justin Tafa bombarding Harry Hunsucker as well as Charles Jordain spartan kicking his way through Andre Ewell.
The fight night was a fun fight to end another crazy year and will be back on the 15th January 2022 headlined by Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze. We shall see you then!
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