UFC Fight Night 185 ‘Blaydes vs. Lewis’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round Scoring

By Jay Pettry Feb 20, 2021
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Sergey Spivak (245) vs. Jared Vanderaa (265)

Round 1

We’re back with a long-winded Fight Night card that should bring 13 fights over the course of the next several hours. Starting off at the heavyweight division – a weight class that will both begin and end the night – two men who post only a single decision win throughout each of their careers in Spivak (11-2, 2-2 UFC) and Vanderaa (11-4, 0-0 UFC) will cross swords. A whole 510 pounds weighs down the cage, not counting referee Chris Tognoni, and the two big men touch gloves to get the night started. Vanderaa opens up with several long jabs and a leg kick, and he catches a counter on the jaw coming in. Vanderaa pressures Spivak and pushes him into the fence with strikes, but Spivak is ready to return fire with several big right hands. As Vanderaa backs off to throw a leg kick, the Moldovan crashes through it to hit a takedown and drag “The Mountain” to the canvas. Vanderaa scoots his way on his knees to the cage wall, but Spivak has his man right where he wants him, raining down heavy punches while nearly taking the back. Vanderaa muscles his way back to his feet but he is instantly greeted with a clinch, as Spivak presses his full body weight on his foe before hitting a throw that makes Vanderaa stumble and fall over. Spivak climbs over into half guard, and he uses the position to yank Vanderaa away from the cage wall. The American takes several heavy punches on the jaw as he is flattened out, and Spivak switches to elbows until Vanderaa ties his foe up in his guard. Vanderaa steps back into half guard easily, where his heavy pressure and sporadic ground-and-pound is keeping Tognoni from considering a standup while steadily grinding his opponent out. Spivak postures up as he tries to climb to mount, but he bails on it to drill Vanderaa repeatedly with thudding punches and face-grinding elbows. Spivak sits up to hammer a few down, and Vanderaa has started to resort to throwing punches from his back. The American keeps Spivak from taking mount, but he gets pieced up with several more heavy elbows all the while. Without enough time to secure any submission and do any serious damage, Spivak is content to ride out the round comfortably in this position.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Spivak
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Spivak
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Spivak

Round 2

When the round begins, it only takes seconds for Spivak to look to take the fight down. Vanderaa pushes him away, and he avoids a big overhand right that follows. Vanderaa tries to put a few punches together, but Spivak slaps them away and brushes of a head kick, circles around and takes Vanderaa’s back. Along the way, Spivak wrenches Vanderaa down to the ground once more, where his effective and methodical half guard grind-embracing approach starts up again. Vanderaa eats some punches and elbows on the chin, but none seem to leave any mark, but they are no less effective while they keep scoring. Spivak’s ground game pace wanes as the round progresses, with something more akin to “lay and pray” as he presses Vanderaa flat on his back using his chest. Spivak is able to occasionally sit up and drop down a shot, but it is more about racking up control time at this point. Whenever Spivak sits up, Vanderaa pulls him back down but cannot get up. A few of Spivak’s strikes have finally started to amount some damage, as a cut is opened up somewhere on Vanderaa’s face. Seeing the blood, Spivak turns up the pace and Vanderaa rolls to his side. Spivak fishes for a rear-naked choke but abandons it to keep pummeling Vanderaa, where he lands a bevy of powerful punches that nearly draw intervention from Tognoni. “The Polar Bear” hunts for another choke, and when it is not there to be found, Spivak again returns to keep pounding on him. With Vanderaa trapped on his side, Spivak rails into him with punch after punch, and Tognoni is taking a hard look at the fight as he implores Vanderaa to fight back. Spivak does not relent, as he continues to maul Vanderaa with thumping punches, until Tognoni finally decides Vanderaa is not intelligently defending himself any longer. This was one-way traffic for Spivak, who answers Vanderaa’s callout violently with a drubbing that could have been stopped several strikes sooner.

The Official Result

Sergey Spivak def. Jared Vanderaa R2 4:32 via TKO (Punches)

Aiemann Zahabi (136) vs. Drako Rodriguez (140.5: Missed Weight)

Round 1

The first of several catchweight contests tonight comes to us next, in the form of a 141-pound affair between two finishers, who, like the previous match, have both fighters with a single decision win across their respective careers. Zahabi (7-2, 1-2 UFC) will have the pleasure of welcoming the heavy Rodriguez (7-1, 0-0 UFC) to the Octagon, and their match will be overseen by referee Mark Smith. A touch of gloves clocks in the fight, and Rodriguez is quick to take the center of the cage, and the two have a brief striking exchange. Rodriguez backs off and fires off a big right hand, and although he connects squarely with Zahabi, the Canadian does not flinch. Rodriguez presses forward into the clinch, and Zahabi is quick to break free and block an overhand right. Rodriguez wings a few punches and Zahabi covers up and backs off. Rodriguez nails the lead leg twice, and he advances to land a sharp uppercut. Zahabi circles away and stings Rodriguez with a jab, but he cannot take advantage of it. Rodriguez fires off a head kick that gets blocked, and a right hand that does not. Zahabi stumbles backwards but keeps his footing, only to take a strong kick to the calf. “The Great Drakolini” keeps his man at bay with several jabs that are more about touching his foe than doing any damage, and this disrupts Zahabi from getting anything going. Out of nowhere, the Canadian sticks out a jab and winds up a monster right hand and unloads it square on the jaw. The strike crumples Rodriguez to the canvas on his side hard, who appears to be out cold. Zahabi leaps down to smack him on the side of the head, but it is academic at that point as Smith leaps in to stop the fight. Although he hit the ground strangely and was dazed and confused with his arm trapped beneath him on his side, Rodriguez eventually comes to and is able to stand back up. What a wild knockout!

The Official Result

Aiemann Zahabi def. Drako Rodriguez R1 3:05 via KO (Punch)

Chas Skelly (146) vs. Jamall Emmers (145.5)

Round 1

In one of the strangest situations in recent memory, Skelly (18-3, 1 NC; 7-3, 1 NC UFC) walks out ahead of his match with Emmers (18-5, 1-1 UFC) and prepares himself in the cage. The music for Emmers does not play, and the camera remains on Skelly. After some confusion, the commentators inform the audience that Emmers has suffered serious back spasms backstage and is unable to compete tonight. Announcer Joe Martinez states that the match has been canceled, and Skelly gives an uncomfortable interview while asking for his win bonus.

Shana Dobson (126) vs. Casey O'Neill (125.5)

Round 1

Fresh off the biggest betting upset in UFC history, “Danger” Dobson (4-4, 2-3 UFC) has been awarded with the task of handing Australian newcomer O'Neill (5-0, 0-0 UFC) her first career loss. Drawing the assignment for this women’s flyweight matchup is referee Chris Tognoni, and there is no interest to touch gloves as it’s time to fight. O'Neill crashes forward to attack early, where she chains strikes into a takedown attempt. The Aussie grabs hold of Dobson’s leg, but Dobson shakes her leg free and lets rip a few looping punches. Both women land at the end of hard right hands, and O'Neill ducks a punch to aim for another takedown. “King” scoops out the legs and puts Dobson on her back, but Dobson rolls through the position to wind up on top. O'Neill powers her way back up, and Dobson marches her down to let fly a few head kicks. O'Neill takes them flush and fires back at her opponent, but Dobson is not giving her pressure as she lands a few bombs. O'Neill has had enough taking these shots, and she drops down for a double leg takedown. Dobson stays upright and spins her around, and the two jockey for position against the cage wall. Dobson nearly gains separation, but when O'Neill turns her around, she drills O'Neill in the chest with several clean knees. O'Neill keeps pursuing the takedown and pulls Dobson’s legs out, where she climbs into a near side control while Dobson holds her knee up high. The American fights back with punches off her back, but O'Neill wades through them to secure side control, where she starts working elbows to the body. Dobson kicks off the fence to try to regain better position, and she uses an upkick to the chest to force O'Neill to stand up. O'Neill dives back down and ignores a leglock attempt, and scrambles to roll through a position and elbow Dobson on the side of the head. Dobson walks up the fence and tries to wing wild punches, but O'Neill ducks them and hits yet another takedown to land in half guard. The Aussie drops down some punches as Dobson scoots her way to the fence, and she chains a few elbows before Dobson kicks her off again. O'Neill narrowly evades an upkick that zooms by her face to slide back down into top position. She keeps elbowing Dobson from on top, and fights off a leglock by pulling for her own. This 50/50 position ends the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 O'Neill
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 O'Neill
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 O'Neill

Round 2

O'Neill comes out of her corner aggressively to start the round, slinging a pounding body kick before crashing in to pursue a single leg takedown. The Aussie hits it, and she circles around to take Dobson’s back while getting her hooks in. Dobson rolls to her knees to defend the position, and O'Neill stays tightly trapped before taking mount as Dobson twists and turns. O'Neill starts unloading shots from above with elbows and arcing punches to force Dobson to cover up and defend her face. O'Neill hammers Dobson with a barrage of elbows to draw a warning from Tognoni, and she keeps striking as Dobson kicks off the fence. O'Neill stays in the mount with Dobson stuck with her backside against the fence, and she works light but effective punches to add up the numbers. Dobson defends herself from the majority of them, but is not answering back as she absorbs several elbows. The American spins and gives up her back, leading O'Neill to follow her through it, return to mount, and start nailing her with strikes again. O'Neill is warned when a strike lands on the back of the head, and Dobson once more surrenders her back. Dobson breaks out of one hook, but even with two-on-one wrist control, she cannot keep O'Neill from reclaiming mount. O'Neill keeps pounding on Dobson with frustrating punches in high volume, and Tognoni shouts that Dobson needs to fight back. O'Neill knows this is her moment to shine, so she pours it on with one final blitz of punches from mount to make Tognoni stop the fight. This is a statement performance for the debutant from Australia, who is now a perfect 6-0 as a pro.

The Official Result

Casey O'Neill def. Shana Dobson R2 3:41 via TKO (Punches)

Nate Landwehr (146) vs. Julian Erosa (145.5)

Round 1

Going back to featherweight, “The Train” Landwehr (14-3, 1-1 UFC) will try to get rolling on another win streak at the expense of “Juicy J” Erosa (24-8, 2-4 UFC). The referee for this bout is Mark Smith, and there is no glove touch to start things off. Erosa comes out aggressively, and Landwehr snipes at him with a few punches and takes a leg kick on the way out. “The Train” swings and misses with a leg kick, and Erosa responds in kind with one that does connect. Erosa scores a right hand, and Landwehr falls to the ground but may have just slipped, and Erosa leaps forward to pursue a finishing sequence. Landwehr springs back up and eats some more shots, scores a huge right hand that hurts Erosa and makes Erosa take a knee. Erosa gathers himself and readies himself to throw down. A wild exchange ensues, where Erosa lands several ferocious punches as Landwehr falls back towards the fence. Seeing his man is reeling, “Juicy J” leaps in the air with a knee that lands about as flush as a flying knee can land. Landwehr hits the ground hard with the back of his head colliding with the cage wall, and Smith divebombs the melee to halt the fight, seeing that Landwehr may be out. Landwehr instantly protests, screaming to Smith that he was not out, and his corner joins him in claiming that Landwehr can continue. The cries fall on deaf ears, as the result will go in the books as a knockout after an incredible brawl that lasted less than a minute.

The Official Result

Julian Erosa def. Nate Landwehr R1 0:56 via TKO (Flying Knee)

Eddie Wineland (135.5) vs. John Castaneda (136)

Round 1

Former WEC champ and marvelously mustached Wineland (24-14-1, 6-8 UFC) will try to prove he still has something left in the tank against ex-Combate Americas staple Castaneda (17-5, 0-1 UFC) at bantamweight. The third man inside the Octagon is referee Jason Herzog, who sees the two men touch gloves before throwing down. Wineland leads off with an oblique kick to the knee, and he walks forward only to take a front kick to the side. Wineland aims another one of these low kicks, and he lets fly a head kick right after it. As Castaneda replies with a right hand, Wineland is on him with kicks. A one-two from Wineland makes him get comfortable, and he fires off another head kick that gets blocked. Wineland puts together a combination ending with a leg kick, and he takes a leg kick to loose a right hand. Wineland walks through low kicks to chain punches together, and he gets off a body kick. Castaneda is struggling to find his range, backed up against the fence until he crashes in and may have clashed heads to clinch. Wineland gains separation and sits down on several punches, where he gest Castaneda’s attention and may have hurt Castaneda’s nose. “Sexi Mexi” once more charges into a clinch, but Wineland is not having it, instead preferring to strike at his range. Wineland ignores a leg kick and weaves back to avoid a looping head kick, keeping his hands low and letting go with a body kick. As Wineland is about to fire off a right hand, he gets halted with a front kick. Wineland redoubles his effort and scores a right hand, but Castaneda rings his bell with a quick counter. The former WEC champ, who keeps changing stances and moving his hands all over, is befuddling Castaneda but not avoiding all strikes coming his way. Castaneda gets off a left hand that marks up Wineland’s nose, and Wineland gives him one right back. Wineland aims a punch to the body, uses head movement and pushes Castaneda over when Castaneda throws a head kick at him. Wineland dives down when Castaneda is on his back to land a big right hand, but “Sexi Mexi” rolls through and gets back up. Castaneda tries to connect with a leg kick, and Wineland greets him with a straight right hand. Wineland stutter-steps his way forward, eating a quick left hand but bearing down on Castaneda with punches. Castaneda is able to keep him at bay for the most part, chipping at Wineland with low kicks until he slings a right hand that rocks Wineland. Castaneda knows his man is hurt, and in rapid succession, he gets off a half dozen punches that knock Wineland back into the fence and down to a knee. Castaneda keeps on the pressure with a final bombardment of punches, and Herzog has seen enough. The stoppage, which is questioned by Wineland as soon as the former WEC champ gets back to his feet, is unquestionably the biggest victory of Castaneda’s career.

The Official Result

John Castaneda def. Eddie Wineland R1 4:44 via TKO (Punches)

Drakkar Klose (156) vs. Luis Pena (155.5)

Round 1

The bout was canceled Saturday afternoon after a member of Klose's corner tested positive for COVID-19.

Jared Gordon (150: Missed Weight) vs. Danny Chavez (145)

Round 1

Capping off the shortened preliminary card due to multiple recent bout scratches is another catchweight contest, this time at 150 pounds. Ahead of his match, Gordon (16-4, 4-3 UFC) missed weight by four pounds before facing Chavez (11-3, 1-0 UFC), but he redeemed himself with a walkout from the band Genesis. The Octagon ranger for this catchweight bout is referee Herb Dean, who sees no touch of gloves take place. Chavez wings a few single shots early, but he is more finding his range than connecting with anything. Gordon blocks a high kick and takes a leg kick, but as soon as the leg kick comes at him, he charges forward to throw strikes. Chavez circles away and sticks Gordon with a right hand, but it does not back “Flash” off one bit. Gordon strings together a trip of punches, absorbs a leg kick and fires off a left hook that glances off the target. “Flash” scores a low kick on his way in, where the two start trading heavy leather. Chavez successfully backs Gordon off with his punches, but only for a moment before Gordon bears down on him again, pressing forward with a clinch that leads to a single knee. Gordon kicks low and gets countered with two punches, and the two are biting down on their gumshields and swinging. As Chavez looks to back his man away, he throws an inside leg kick that claps off the cup and forces a pause in the tense exchange. Gordon cracks a joke while recovering, and needs 45 seconds before he has Dean clap them back in. “Flash” fires off a series of leg kicks, prompting Chavez to give him one back and loop a right hand to the body. Gordon just barely ducks a spinning wheel kick in time, and he puts together several low kicks. As Gordon looks to attack, Chavez kicks his leg out from beneath him, but he cannot capitalize on the position. Instead, Gordon springs back up and goes on the offensive, landing a few punches that make Chavez bounce off the wall. Gordon sticks him with a knee and an overhand right, forcing “The Colombian Warrior” to reset and duck several strikes. Both get off leg kicks, and Gordon rings Chavez’ bell with a left hand before shooting in for a takedown. Chavez stuffs it but absorbs a heavy knee, and a kick to the calf followed by a head kick that strikes his back gives him pause. Gordon sticks and moves, cracking Chavez with a few punches but eating a few of his own as the horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Gordon
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Chavez
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Gordon

Round 2

Chavez begins the round with a leg kick that makes Gordon immediately lift his leg up, and he pushes through it to take the fight down. Gordon hits the ground and bounces back up, where he ties Chavez up against the fencing before they break. “Flash” scores a one-two, and he walks through a low kick and a few punches to target the body. Chavez lands kicks to the body and leg, before scoring a right hand across the bow. Gordon sees a spinning wheel kick coming and once more ducks it, and hurts Chavez with a few punches before shooting in for a takedown. When Chavez stands him up, Gordon ties him up and drags him down. In his foe’s guard, Gordon postures up and lands a few punches before getting pulled down and tied up. A few more punches from Gordon mount, and Chavez tries and fails to sit up and escape, but “Flash” keeps him grounded. When Chavez stuck against the fence, Gordon drills him on the chin with a couple fierce punches. There is nowhere for Chavez’ head to go, as it cannot bounce off the floor as it is trapped on the corner of the fence and the canvas. As Gordon keeps striking, Chavez thinks to tie up the guard but gets elbowed to open it up. Chavez kicks off, but Gordon is instantly on him to keep him planted on his back. Gordon works hammerfists while Chavez aims to earn a referee standup by simply tying Gordon up. Gordon sits up and lands a couple stern punches to make Chavez buck and twist. With seconds left in the round, Gordon passes guard and slashes down a few elbows, but the time elapses before he can get any major damage done.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Gordon
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Gordon
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Gordon

Round 3

Chavez’ first strike is a booming head kick, and Gordon ducks down to avoid it. “The Colombian Warrior” throws kick after kick, to the body and legs, and Gordon ignores them as he pushes the pace. Both men nail one another with leg kicks, and their legs may be compromised and swollen but they do not appear very hampered from them. Two punches from Chavez clip Gordon, and Gordon ducks down for a takedown attempt but gets rebuffed. Chavez goes on the aggression with a few big punches, and Gordon throws right back furiously. Gordon tries to push through into a takedown, and Chavez lets him fall on his face before allowing Gordon to stand up. Chavez lands a few punches, and Gordon interrupts a combination with a jab that snaps Chavez’ head back. There is a wild brawl that sees Gordon get tagged a few times, forcing “Flash” to lift his foe’s leg up and hits a takedown. Comfortable in his adversary’s full guard, Gordon lands occasional strikes while precious seconds tick off the clock for Chavez. “The Colombian Warrior” ties up Gordon with his full guard, only to open it up again when Gordon punches through it. Chavez remains flat on his back as he alternates between closed and open guard, which keeps him safe from most of the damage but also is a bad place for him. Chavez squirms and backs off, where he sits up and gets to a knee. Gordon throws a knee, but pulls it back right before it lands as Chavez is grounded. Gordon backs away, and charges forward to take the fight back down. As Gordon pushes Chavez into the clinch to halt furious offense from his foe, he holds on tight to ride out the fight and likely notch a win. Chavez kicks and flails to break the grip, but Gordon’s body lock control allows him to push Chavez to a knee. Chavez breaks free, springs in with a knee that bounces off Gordon’s face, and tries to throw a few punches only to get tied up to the final bell. We have now reached the scorecards for the first time of the night.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Gordon (30-27 Gordon)
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Gordon (29-28 Gordon)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Gordon (30-27 Gordon)

The Official Result

Jared Gordon def. Danny Chavez via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Andrei Arlovski (249.5) vs. Tom Aspinall (244.5)

Round 1

Kicking off the main card is a prototypical heavyweight clash pitting an old lion in Arlovski (30-19, 2 NC; 19-13, 1 NC UFC) against a young, hard-charging thundercat in Aspinall (9-2, 2-0 UFC). Like Arlovski, referee Mark Smith will need to keep his head on a swivel in this one, but there is a touch of gloves before the two start swinging for the bleachers. The two are tense to open up, before Arlovski rushes forward to sling several punches. The former champ lands a few leg kicks, and Aspinall stings him with a right. Arlovski wears it well and the two trade leg kicks. “The Pitbull” absorbs several low kicks, and circles on the outside to score a left hand. Both lands big punches at the same time, and Arlovski takes a right hand on the chin. Aspinall unleashes a fury of punches, stinging the ex-champ and hurting him badly. Arlovski absorbs them all, suffers a cut on his nose that is also likely broken again, and takes a few body shots before throwing back with a fury. Although he misses, he does inform Smith that he is still in the fight. Aspinall takes a deep breath and pins Arlovski against the fence to catch his breath, as he put a lot into chasing the finish. Arlovski pushes off and lands a few jabs, allowing Aspinall to land a pair of punches that catch Arlovski. The Belarusian fighter charges in with his own chain of punches, and Aspinall, with his hands at his waist, ducks and dodges them as he backs up against the cage. The Team Kaobon fighter turns Arlovski around but is still trying to catch his wind, as he may have burned more of his gas tank than he is letting on. Arlovski patiently stays with his back to the fence as he absorbs a few foot stomps. Arlovski fights off the clinch to break away, and he nails Aspinall with a huge right hand. The Brit throws right back, and both men show appreciation for the damage they just absorbed.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Aspinall
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Aspinall
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Aspinall

Round 2

Arlovski opens the round with a front kick and a jab, and he swats away a jab to land an overhand right. The former champ lands another, and Aspinall walks forward with leg kicks. Arlovski ignores it and lands a few big punches again, backing Aspinall off and making the Brit shake his head as if to say he didn’t get hit. Arlovski gets off leg kicks on both sides, forcing Aspinall to blitz forward and take the fight down while crashing Arlovski into the cage wall. When Arlovski hits his seat and tries to stand up, Aspinall leaps over to take Arlovski’s back and instantly sinks in a rear-naked choke. Arlovski is trapped and Aspinall has the upper hand, with the choke shockingly tight and nowhere to go for the former champ. Knowing he will likely go out if he resists for too much longer, Arlovski surrenders. A knockout artist by trade, Aspinall records just the second submission victory of his pro career while becoming just the second man to tap out Arlovski – Josh Barnett was the first, in 2016.

The Official Result

Tom Aspinall def. Andrei Arlovski R2 1:09 via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)

Phil Hawes (185) vs. Nassourdine Imavov (185.5)

Round 1

Two promising middleweight prospects come to blows now, when “Megatron” Hawes (9-2, 1-0 UFC) will look to try to one-up his promotional debut that saw him score an 18-second knockout as he takes on France’s Imavov (9-2, 1-0 UFC). The official inside the cage officially comes in the form of referee Chris Tognoni, who observes a glove touch to make things official. Imavov swipes out with a jab and gets his leg kick out. Hawes is on him with a few more leg kicks, and he ducks out of the way when Imavov charges at him with a string of punches. Hawes keeps working the leg, and he fakes a takedown to throw bombs. Imavov blocks the strikes, but they still have an impact, so Hawes backs off and chops at the leg a few more times. Imavov falls over for a second due to the leg kicks, and he gathers himself to throw back. “Megatron” launches an overhand right that nearly makes himself fall over for how hard he threw it, and he presses into a clinch as he considers a single leg takedown. The Frenchman keeps his balance and delivers a few knees to the midsection, and Hawes again pursues a single, but it is similarly stopped. A knee from Imavov clips off the cup, but Hawes does not want to give Imavov a moment to breathe, so he continues. Imavov aims for a high Thai clinch, and Hawes pulls him back down as he starts to work the body. A few of Hawes’ punches are landing close to the cup, and he lifts Imavov up with a stern knee. Imavov groans as he tries to push his foe away, but Hawes is stuck to him like glue. Hawes stomps the feet a few times and takes an elbow on the forehead, but he manages to take Imavov down. Although the Frenchman stands back up, Hawes hits a mat return and lands in side control. Hawes pulls himself back to half guard as he flirts with an arm-triangle choke, and he pulls his arm out when Imavov clings to wrist control. Hawes lands a few heavy punches, and the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Hawes
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Hawes
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Hawes

Round 2

Imavov is fired up to start fighting, and when they get the go-ahead, Hawes is the one to start swinging. When Imavov looks to set up a kick, Hawes crashes in for a takedown attempt. Imavov stays upright as the clinch stalls out again like it did the previous round, with Hawes looking for intermittent strikes from up close. Imavov nearly surrenders a takedown when he pursues a high clinch, so Hawes changes angles in and lands a few punches to the body. Imavov gets dragged to one knee after throwing a knee, and Hawes cannot keep in there for more than a moment. The clinch stalemate continues until Imavov fights his way out, and he stumbles when throwing a punch. Hawes backs off, and he takes four punches on the chin that wobble his legs. Imavov may not realize that his man is hurt, as he patiently walks forward only to spring ahead with an elbow. As he pumps forward, Hawes lifts him up and puts him on the ground. The Frenchman walks his way up the fence and gives up his back, allowing Hawes to hunt for a trip takedown to drag the fight back down. Hawes nearly falls over to his back to take the fight down, but twists his body to wrench Imavov down. Hawes climbs into half guard and starts dropping left hands, forcing Imavov to defend himself and fight off an advancing Hawes. The American fights off a bucking Imavov and takes some elbows on the top of his head, and it is Imavov that is striking of the two. Hawes works the body and head with punches here and there, and Imavov hacks at him with an elbow to close out the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Hawes
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Hawes
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Hawes

Round 3

The glove touch opens the final round, and Hawes kicks the lead leg as Imavov picks it up. Hawes hacks at the calf again, and as soon as Imavov crashes forward, “Megatron” times a takedown and bullies Imavov down to the ground. Imavov powers his way back to his feet and protects himself from giving up back control, and we have returned to the slow clinch position that added up a lot of time in the previous frames. Imavov does not want to stay here for long, and he pushes with all of his might to separate. Both men start throwing bombs at one another, and Hawes barely avoids taking a knee on the jaw. Hawes blocks a spinning back fist and sticks out a single jab, before scoring a spinning back kick on the guard. Both men swing furiously and Hawes presses his man into the clinch, and Imavov looks visibly frustrated. As Hawes ducks his head down, Imavov grabs on to a guillotine choke, but “Megatron” easily pulls his head out and grinds. Tognoni asks for the fighters to fight, and Hawes changes levels but there is nothing doing on his attempt. Imavov gets off two fierce elbows and a knee that makes Hawes do the chicken dance. Hawes slips back like he is on ice skates, and Imavov is firing with anything he can muster to try to get the finish. A damages Hawes clings on to the Frenchman to gather his thoughts, where Hawes goes after a desperation single leg takedown. Hawes gets admonished several times for fence grabs, and Imavov pushes away to drill Hawes in the face with an elbow. As Hawes leans over, he gets elbowed in the back of the head to draw a stern warning. Imavov cracks Hawes with a knee, and Hawes is on baby deer legs as he falls back while getting stung with punches. Nearly out on his feet, Hawes desperately closes the distance to hold on to the clinch and survive the round, white-knuckling it the whole way to the final bell.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Imavov (29-28 Hawes)
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Imavov (29-28 Hawes)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Imavov (29-28 Hawes)

The Official Result

Phil Hawes def. Nassourdine Imavov via Majority Decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Alexey Oleynik (240) vs. Chris Daukaus (234)

Round 1

Once more, the UFC will pit an aging great against a younger up-and-comer, this time with “The Boa Constrictor” Oleynik (59-14-1, 8-5 UFC) and his ruthlessly effective submission skills against heavy-handed brawler Daukaus (10-3, 2-0 UFC). This matchup that should not likely end up in the hands of the judges will draw oversight from referee Herb Dean, who watches the mid-sized heavyweights touch gloves before coming out fighting. Oleynik cracks Daukaus early with a left hand, and he crashes forward with another before getting shoved into the fence. Oleynik latches on to a standing kimura to think about taking the fight down, and he reverses the position to push Daukaus against the fencing. Oleynik falls to his back to pursue his classic Ezekiel choke, and when Daukaus does not bite, he grapples on to a leg. Daukaus kicks him off, lets the Russian stand, and stings him with a punch before rocking Oleynik with a right hand. Oleynik wades forward with his hands down to throw looping bombs, and he forces Daukaus to stumble when throwing a head kick. Shortly after scrambling to his feet, Daukaus hurts his foe with a few knees and punches. As Daukaus knows he has done some damages, he presses Oleynik into the wire and lands a string of shots. Daukaus does not split the guard often but chains a long flurry together to hurt the Russian. Oleynik turtles up standing, and Daukaus lays into him with everything he has. A lengthy barrage of punches forces Dean to intervene, and as soon as the fight ends, Oleynik nearly topples over. Dean is able to catch him, and thereby verify that the stoppage was a good one if a bit late. Win number 60 did not come for “The Boa Constrictor,” and instead, Daukaus triumphantly boosts his career knockout rate to 91 percent.

The Official Result

Chris Daukaus def. Alexey Oleynik via TKO (Punches) R1 1:55

Charles Rosa (146) vs. Darrick Minner (146)

Round 1

It’s grappler vs. grappler for the featured fight on the card, when “Boston Strong” Rosa (13-4, 4-4 UFC) tries to boost his UFC record above .500 against “live by the sword, die by the sword” submission specialist Minner (25-11, 1-1 UFC). Referee Mark Smith may have his hands full in what should be a quick-starting matchup, and there is no glove touch as Rosa would rather get down to business. Minner targets the body with a punch, and he rushes forward with a knee. Minner cracks him with a sharp knee in a clinch, and the two separate to gauge their range. Rosa kicks the leg, and he allows Minner to kick him back and get nailed in the face. Minner swings with reckless abandon with looping shots, and Rosa walks into them and avoids the brunt of the strikes. Rosa scores a big body kick, but in the process, Minner takes him down. Rosa pops back up, only to get tossed on his back emphatically. Minner in half guard quickly looks to implement his submission game, pursuing a brabo choke before bailing on it when Rosa throws his leg up. Rosa keeps his hands clasped to keep Minner from springing up, and as he does this, he pulls Minner back into his guard. Rosa works his high guard to look for a triangle choke or an armbar, and Minner sees it coming and rolls through it. Rosa positions himself for a kneebar, and Minner slices through it to nearly take Rosa’s back. Minner drops down a few punches from on top as the two continue to scramble, and Rosa squirms and surrenders north-south position to hunt for an inverted triangle. Minner snatches up mount and instantly ties up an arm-triangle choke. The Boston native manages to pull Minner back to half guard and break up the submission, but Minner chains the maneuver into a near back-take as Rosa rolls through it. Rosa rolls through it to grab hold of a kneebar, and he turns it into a heel hook, only to bail on it for an inverted heel hook. As Rosa is looking for subs, the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Minner
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Minner
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Minner

Round 2

The two touch gloves to begin this round, and Minner sinks in a leg kick and two big punches to start off. Rosa wings a left hand, and Minner clocks him with a right hand counter to drop Rosa to the ground. Rosa rolls to his knees and gives up his back, where a thankful Minner gets his hooks in. “Boston Strong” keeps scrambling only to give up mount, and Minner attacks an arm-triangle choke. Rosa stays patient, kicks off the wall, and rolls for a leglock and then an inverted triangle while Minner keeps heavy on him. Minner climbs around the side and smacks Rosa in the side of the head, forcing Rosa to roll through and set up one leg for a triangle. Rosa torques his other leg out to consider the triangle, but that and an armbar are unsuccessful. Minner leaps over into mount again, where he is in the hunt for an arm-triangle choke but cannot find the leverage against the fence. Rosa throws his legs up from his back and then scoots into the fence to stand up, but Minner is on him like a cheap suit. Minner assumes backpack control and drags Rosa to the ground, where he takes mount and is already fishing for an arm-triangle choke. Minner has the arm-triangle secured, and he is torquing his full body weight on the choke but Rosa is not concerned as he counters with a surprise armbar from his back. Minner sits up and drops down a few elbows, and Rosa snags hold of one final armbar attempt to end the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Minner
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-8 Minner
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Minner

Round 3

Rosa eats a huge right hand as he rushes into the fray, and Minner clips him with a few more punches until Rosa shoots in for a takedown. Minner stuffs it and bowls Rosa over, but Rosa continues to roll through the position to get to his knees. Minner does not relent his grappling control, taking side control and landing a few strikes before Rosa climbs his way back up standing. Minner drags him back down with back control, and Rosa defends with a kimura that he intends to sweep his foe with. Minner calmly works his arm out and stays heavy on his man, but Rosa slides his way back to the fencing to look for a standup. Rosa keeps a high guard and walks across the wall, and he ties up an armbar as Minner is keeping his full weight on his man while landing strikes that open up a massive cut on Rosa’s head. From the armbar, Rosa turns the move into a triangle choke, and he looks for a triangle armbar before chaining it into an omoplata sweep. Minner sees it all coming, and he climbs around to north-south while thwarting a leglock attempt from his opponent. Minner’s pressure is not allowing Rosa to twist and turn, and Rosa gets to a knee only to get pulled right back down. Minner’s hooks are in with back control, and an unusual scramble turns into something that could turn into a twister. Rosa, laying on his back with one leg out, elbows and punches Minner repeatedly to the final bell. When Minner gets up, he screams and celebrates hard-fought grappling battle against a tough foe.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Minner (30-27 Minner)
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Minner (30-26 Minner)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Minner (30-27 Minner)

The Official Result

Darrick Minner def. Charles Rosa via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)

Ketlen Vieira (138: Missed Weight) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (135.5)

Round 1

Our co-main event comes in a catchweight, after Vieira (11-1, 5-1 UFC) missed weight by two pounds before taking on “Foxy” Kunitskaya (13-5, 1 NC; 3-2 UFC) in what should have been at bantamweight. The women will be joined in the Octagon by referee Jason Herzog, and there is a sign of respect shown between the two as they touch gloves. Vieira comes out firing, throwing punches straight into a takedown attempt. Kunitskaya greets her with a knee up the middle as she stops the takedown, and the Brazilian redoubles her efforts to drag the fight down the canvas early. Vieira lands a few strikes up close, and a trip attempt turns into an arm drag that puts Kunitskaya on her backside against the cage wall. The Russian fighter wall-walks back to her knees and then standing, before getting off several short knees in the clinch. Kunitskaya is content to throw strikes in the close proximity, and Vieira twists to go for a throw but cannot get the fight where she wants it. Kunitskaya turns her around as she starts to work more knees, and when she lifts one high, Vieira hits a takedown as she pushes Kunitskaya in the center of the cage. The Brazilian climbs over into half guard, where she forces Kunitskaya to scramble and nearly give up her back. Vieira hops over to acquire mount, but at the last second, Kunitskaya pulls her back out. Vieira is a woman possessed in seeking out this position, and she manages to take mount for seconds before Kunitskaya recovers position. Vieira keeps heavy shoulder pressure to keep Kunitskaya flat on her back, and only takes short punches while advancing back into mount. Kunitskaya is forced to defend with inaccurate punches, and she locks down Vieira’s leg to keep her in the half guard, but is unable to recover any better position. Vieira postures up to start landing strikes, and Kunitskaya drags her back down while introducing an elbow to the nose of her opponent. The round ends in this top position for Vieira.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Vieira
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Vieira
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Vieira

Round 2

There is a glove touch to begin this round, and Kunitskaya lands a heavy kick to the knee that makes Vieira recoil her leg. Kunitskaya puts a combination together, and Vieira does not want to bother with standing strikes so she ties the fight up in the clinch. This time, Kunitskaya is the one leading the dance as she stuffs a takedown, and she works a few clinch strikes before turning a Vieira trip attempt into a takedown of her own. Vieira maintains a close guard while Kunitskaya works the body from above, and Vieira throws her legs up quickly to pursue any sort of submission or sweep she can locate. Vieira fishes for an omoplata to get out of this precarious position, and she rolls through for an armbar, but the Russian sees it and stops it from happening. Kunitskaya fights off Vieira’s offensive guard, but Vieira inches her legs up to get a triangle choke started. Kunitskaya pushes the legs down and lands sporadic punches from above, but any explosive strikes are halted when Vieira attacks some form of submission. When Kunitskaya sits up, Vieira is ready to throw up an armbar, so Kunitskaya stays heavy and punches through it. Vieira keeps turning into a leglock position, and she locks on to a heel hook as Kunitskaya climbs to her knees. Vieira uses this maneuver to stand back up, and Kunitskaya is ready to bully her back into the cage wall. Kunitskaya scores several short knees in the clinch until Vieira goes for a trip, and Kunitskaya stops it from succeeding again and even takes Vieira’s back standing up. Kunitskaya knees the thigh and punches the body, so Vieira drags the fight down and falls down while searching for a kimura. Kunitskaya knees the body several times, and she drops down some dramatic elbows to the side. When Vieira muscles back up, Kunitskaya slings a head kick at her. The two separate, and the round ends while Kunitskaya is going for another.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Kunitskaya
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Kunitskaya
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Kunitskaya

Round 3

The glove touch opens the final round, and Kunitskaya starts kicking from a distance while Vieira looks to gather herself. The Brazilian shoots in for a double leg takedown, and Kunitskaya falls to her back as she considers a guillotine choke, but there is nothing there. Vieira climbs easily over to half guard and nearly secures mount, only to be content briefly in three-quarter mount. The position is what Vieira is after instead of doing damage, as she has not thrown a great deal of strikes whenever she gains the advantage on the ground. From the other side, Vieira looks for an arm-triangle choke, and the cage wall is preventing Vieira from stepping over to lock it up. As Kunitskaya tries to buck the position, Vieira takes mount. The Russian rolls to her side and pulls Vieira back to half guard, only for Vieira to tie up an arm-triangle choke again that allows her to step into mount. Kunitskaya rolls and gives up her back, but she keeps Vieira trapped against the wire so that the Brazilian cannot gain leverage for a choke. As Kunitskaya continues to turn any was she can, she cannot free herself from back control. Vieira fishes her arm under Kunitskaya’s chin but there is not enough room for a choke, and all the while, Kunitskaya smacks her in the face with her left hand. Kunitskaya throws wildly and gives up her neck, and Vieira sees the opportunity to take the choke. The Russian fights the choke off, and she explodes out of the position to twist into top position. Kunitskaya starts slamming her fists and elbows into Vieira’s head, and she finishes the round in style doing some damage with top strikes. A few elbows slash a major cut open on the top corner of Vieira’s forehead, and the blood starts flowing immediately. Kunitskaya concludes the fight on top, desperately trying to turn the tables and force a finish. Time expires before she can get it, but Vieira is busted up and swelling fast.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Vieira (29-28 Vieira)
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Vieira (29-28 Vieira)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Vieira (29-28 Vieira)

The Official Result

Yana Kunitskaya def. Ketlen Vieira via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Curtis Blaydes (259) vs. Derrick Lewis (263)

Round 1

The headliner of this fight card comes at heavyweight in the largest matchup of the night, putting a full 522 pounds of meat in the cage plus referee Herb Dean. In a battle of knockout artists with drastically different approaches, the UFC heavyweight all-time leader in takedowns landed Blaydes (14-2, 1 NC; 9-1, 1 NC UFC) faces the promotion’s heavyweight knockout leader in “The Black Beast” Lewis (24-7, 1 NC; 14-5 UFC). Something’s gotta give, and there is sporting glove touch to clock in a match that could end at any moment. Blaydes circles around the outside and lands a single leg kick. Lewis stands firm when his foe advances, and he slings bombs that catch Blaydes standing flush. “Razor” has to evaluate himself after eating those shots, so he backs very far away from his opponent. The two are well out of arm’s reach as Blaydes is looking for entries, and suddenly, both men wing huge power punches that miss their intended targets. Lewis is content to keep his back against the fence as Blaydes steps around and angles. Blaydes throws out a single jab, and he kicks the leg to make Lewis take an odd step. Lewis fires off a head kick, and Blaydes easily blocks it and avoids a front kick that comes after. This stalemate at a long distance persists, punctuated only by occasional single strikes, and Blaydes clips Lewis with a right hand. He hurts his opponent with a left after it, and Blaydes kicks the leg to follow it up. Lewis whiffs with a monster right hand, and he gets his lead leg kick twice more. On the second kick, Lewis winds up with power punches, and Blaydes blocks them and throws another calf kick. A wild brawl ensues, with Blaydes evading the power punches and doing some damage to Lewis’ lead leg with a kick. “Razor” wades forward with punches, and a flying knee rings Lewis’ bell. Lewis simply pushes his opponent away after taking these shots, and Blaydes is on him with long jabs and a calf kick. Lewis’ leg is swollen and battered already, and Blaydes sticks him with a left hand that hurts Lewis. As Blaydes crashes in, he lands an open-handed slap that Dean sees and goes into Lewis’ eye. The round can continue, and Dean gives the two a stern warning. Lewis lets loose a head kick that comes up short, and the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Blaydes
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Blaydes
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Blaydes

Round 2

The second round begins with an advancing Blaydes, who jabs in and has the round pause briefly when Lewis sticks his fingers out. Dean calls a halt to the fight for a second and loudly tells Lewis to stop outstretching his hands. When the fight clocks back in, Blaydes looks to swing big punches into a takedown attempt. Lewis shucks him off and misses with an overhand right. Blaydes slaps Lewis in the face, and Lewis looks to Dean, but Dean says “that was a slap, not a poke, it’s ok.” Lewis is aggravated, and Blaydes charges in from afar. Lewis times a lethal uppercut as soon as Blaydes ducks down, and the strike shuts Blaydes' lights out before he hits the ground. Lewis follows it with two monster nail-in-the-coffin punches out of the Dan Henderson playbook to seal the deal, and Blaydes is completely stiffened. It takes some time for Blaydes to regain consciousness, but he is eventually able to sit up and ask what happened. What frightening power displayed from Lewis, who is now tied for the all-time UFC knockout record with 12 alongside Vitor Belfort.

In his brief post-fight interview, Lewis laments his early performance and ponders a future matchup against ex-light heavyweight king Jon Jones, while stating he likes to face wrestlers. With this event in the books, another event capped off by a big heavyweight matchup comes next week, and we will be there for it. We hope you are too.

The Official Result

Derrick Lewis def. Curtis Blaydes R2 1:26 via KO (Punch)
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