Junior dos Santos defeated Derrick Lewis in a battle of the heavy-hitters at UFC Wichita last night, stopping “The Black Beast” two minutes into the second round.
Coming off the back of two straight wins over Blagoy Ivanov and Tui Tuivasa, Dos Santos knew that a big victory would shoot the former heavyweight champion back into title contention.
Lewis, on the other hand, was looking to bounce back from defeat to Daniel Cormier in November with a statement victory over the 35-year old Brazilian.
Dos Santos dominated this one from the get-go, landing a massive overhand right in the first round which staggered Lewis, however “Cigano” could not follow up and almost tasted a counter left from the Houston native; a stark reminder of the one punch KO power his opponent possesses.
Weathering Lewis’ offence as the round went on, dos Santos landed a spin-kick to the body which hurt the 34-year-old, the effects of which he was clearly still feeling as the fight entered the second.
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Midway through round two, the former heavyweight champion again landed a massive right, which signalled the beginning of the end for Lewis who suffered back to back defeats for the first time in his career.
With Lewis struggling up against the fence, dos Santos unleashed a barrage of punches which eventually led to “The Black Beast” dropping to his knees as referee Herb Dean called a stop to the contest at 1:58 of the second round.
Dos Santos’ impressive performance now sees him on a three-fight win streak and following the victory he outlined, in quotes reported by MMAFighting.com, that he has a heavyweight title shot in his sights.
“I don’t care as long as I get active,” dos Santos said. “I want fights, UFC. Man, to tell you the truth, how can these guys be in front of me in the rankings? They put me back there, I don’t know why, but that’s fine, that’s fine, I’m here to fight again and regain my belt.”