It was vintage Derrick Lewis in the main event of UFC Vegas 6, knocking out Aleksei Oleinik after a grueling first round.
As contrasts in styles go, the UFC Vegas 6 main event was a big one. In one corner, “The Black Beast,” Derrick Lewis. Sledgehammers for hands, a ferocious attack, and surprisingly explosive and agile for such a large athlete. In the other, Aleksei Oleinik. The crafty “Boa Constrictor” capable of laying traps, luring an opponent in, and choking them out before they realized they’d been had.
Really, the UFC could have had a much better poster for this one.
In any case, both men were entering the octagon Saturday off back-to-back wins, and a third would put the winner within striking distance of title contention.
Lewis kicked things off at a blistering pace, throwing a head kick and a heavy combination that drove them into the clinch. Lewis threw Oleinik to the ground and followed him there into half guard. Oleinik reversed positions with a single leg, then went for a scarf hold. Lewis spun out and returned to top position. Oleinik reversed again and had to eat a few punches on the way to top position. Another scarf hold was attempted, but Lewis held strong for over a minute, forcing Oleinik to let go right before the end of the round.
Lewis came out blitzing in the second round, throwing a flying knee out of the gate that hit Oleinik in the chest. As Oleinik was regaining his balance, Lewis clocked him with a massive right hand. Oleinik was knocked down and Lewis delivered murderous finishing blows to end the fight.
— UFC (@ufc) August 9, 2020
Derrick Lewis def. Aleksei Oleinik by TKO (Punches) in Round 2 (0:21)