The year 2021 ended with fireworks as UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LEWIS VS DAUKAUS aired live in Asia on Sunday, December 19 from UFC APEX in Las Vegas. Out of 13 high-quality fights, a remarkable ten were finishes, which is tied for the 3rd most in modern UFC history.
Heavyweight knockout artist #3 Derrick Lewis made the record for the most knockouts in UFC history (13) when he finished #7 Chris Daukaus with three right hands in the first round. The always entertaining Lewis said, "I'm happy to be the number one fighter in knockouts. This feels real good, that's all I wanted to do. I don't want five rounds. I would love to get a title shot. If you can make it three rounds, hit me up. If five rounds, don't call my phone."
In the co-main event, top welterweights #10 Belal Muhammad shut out #5 Stephen Thompson with three rounds of terrific, dominant wrestling. Muhammad said,
"The only thing I'm feeling right now is... Kamaru Usman, I need that title shot. Leon Edwards, there's unfinished business there. Bully B is the boogeyman. Nobody's ever beat Wonderboy like that. I'm the real dud right now, I'm the hype in the division."
In a battle of featherweight veterans, Cub Swanson halted Darren Elkins in the first round of the main card opener with his sniper style of striking and earned a Performance of the Night award.
On the prelims, Melissa Gatto made a statement in the flyweight division, keeping her unbeaten record intact while taking out Sijara Eubanks in the third round and got a bonus for the performance.
OFFICIAL RESULTS FROM UFC Vegas 45:
Fight of the Night:
Performances of the Night:
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