UFC Fight Night results, highlights: Derrick Lewis sets knockout record with finish of Aleksei Oleinik

UFC Fight Night: Lewis v Oleinik
Chris Unger

Derrick Lewis made a strange decision in the first round of his UFC Fight Night main event against Aleksei Oleinik, choosing to engage in a grappling battle with a man who holds 46 submission wins in his career. The decision nearly backfired, but in Round 2, Lewis scored with a thunderous right hand and follow-up punches on the ground to score a big knockout victory.

The heavy-hitting Lewis opened Round 1 with a big head kick but quickly pushed Oleinik into the cage and turned the fight into a grappling battle. The men traded positions on the ground several times, but Oleinik was the man who put his opponent in the most immediate danger, grabbing a judo-style scarf hold and torquing the neck of Lewis for an extended period of time at the end of the round.

The submission looked deep, and after the fight, Lewis admitted that the hold was close to finishing him.

"He had that bulldog or whatever the hell head submission he had on me pretty deep," Lewis said. "I couldn't breathe at all."  

Lewis switched back to his power-striking style to open Round 2, throwing a jumping knee out of the gate before unloading with a big right hand that dropped Oleinik to the canvas. Lewis continued to fire away with big shots on the ground until referee Herb Dean jumped in to stop the fight at the 0:21 mark of the second round.

With the knockout, Lewis locked up the record for most knockouts in UFC heavyweight history with 11.

Rather than call out a specific opponent for his next fight, Lewis said he was going to focus on continuing to improve physically, setting a target weight for himself before he would accept another fight.

"I'm really not going to take no more fights until I walk around at the 250-, 245-pound range," Lewis said. "I'm not going to take no more fights at 260. ... Hopefully in December, sometime in December. Right now, that's all I'm focused on, trying to get my weight down."

Lewis is now riding a three-fight winning streak and is 6-2 since 2018.

Elsewhere on the card, former champion Chris Weidman knocked off the rust and losing woes with a decision over Omari Akhmedov in the co-main event. It may not have been the most aesthetically pleasing matchups of the night as it was heavy on wrestling and grappling, but it was a much-needed victory for Weidman, who entered with a 1-5 record in his last six fights. Plus, Beneil Dariush continued his hot streak with a thrilling knockout of Scott Holtzmann. Dariush connected with a spinning back fist to send Holtzmann to the canvas after battering him early. 

CBS Sports was with you throughout the night for UFC Fight Night, tracking all the results from each bout. The complete results are below.

UFC Fight Night card and results

  • Derrick Lewis def. Aleksei Oleinik via second-round TKO (punches)
  • Chris Weidman def. Omari Akhmedov via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
  • Darren Stewart def. Maki Pitolo via first-round submission (guillotine)
  • Yana Kunitskaya def. Julija Stoliarenko via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Beneil Dariush def. Scott Holtzman via first-round knockout (punch)
  • Tim Means def. Laureano Staropoli via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Kevin Holland def. Joaquin Buckley via third-round knockout (punch)
  • Nasrat Haqparast def. Alexander Munoz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Andrew Sanchez def. Wellington Turman via first-round TKO (punches)
  • Gavin Tucker def. Justin Jaynes via third-round submission (rear naked choke)
  • Youssef Zalal def. Peter Barrett via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
  • Irwin Rivera def. Ali Al Qaisi via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
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August 9, 2020, 3:32 AM
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Official result: Derrick Lewis def. Aleksei Oleinik via TKO (punches), Round 2.

Round 2 opens with Lewis landing a huge right that drops Oleinik! Lewis follows up with a series of massive punches and this one is all over!

Very strange round, with Lewis' decision to grapple backfiring repeatedly. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Oleinik

Oleinik still holding on to the submission attempt but finally gave it up and started looking to lock up a key lock but the round ends.

Oleinik reversed again, and again tried to lock up a scarf hold, squeezing tight and cranking Lewis' neck.

Oleinik looking to lock up a scarf hold but Lewis powered his way out and ended up on top.

Oleinik managed to escape to his feet and immediately take Lewis down, and that could be big trouble for Lewis.

Lewis throws Oleinik to the canvas and lands several big shots before ending up in Oleinik's half guard.

Round 1 is underway and Lewis throws a huge head kick and throws a few punches behind it before pushing Oleinik into the cage.

Both big men are in the cage, waiting for fighter introductions before throwing down in the main event.

It's main event time. Heavyweight finishers are up next when Derrick Lewis takes on Aleksei Oleinik

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Official result: Chris Weidman def. Omari Akhmedov via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)

Chris Weidman vs. Omari Akhmedov -- Round 3: Weidman tried for a takedown and scored with it, taking Akhmedov's back. Weidman went for a leglock submission but gave up the hold, advanced to full mount and locked up an arm-triangle choke, but Akhmedov escaped. Weidman remained in full mount, throwing some short punches to the side of Akhmedov's head. Weidman landed some nice elbows as Akhmedov tried desperately to escape back to his feet. Weidman again went for an arm-triangle. Akhmedov gave up his back and Weidman closed the round landing a few punches. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Weidman (29-28 Weidman) 

Chris Weidman vs. Omari Akhmedov -- Round 2: Akhmedov landed a glancing overhand left and then charged in and landed two big shots before scoring a takedown. Weidman gave up his back to stand and ate several punches in the process. Akhmedov worked the body with a few punches and tried for another takedown, but couldn't finish it. Weidman charged in for his own takedown, but Akhmedov defended and landed elbows to the side of Weidman's head. Akhmedov landed a few more heavy punches as Weidman looked to be fading a bit. Akhmedov worked a few jabs before exploding through a takedown to put Weidman on his back in the center of the cage. Akhmedov let him stand back up before landing a punch to the body, starting to look tired also. Akhmedov scored a brief takedown and a few punches before another takedown. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Akhmedov (19-19)

Chris Weidman vs. Omari Akhmedov -- Round 1: Weidman opened the fight in a wide, karate-like stance. Weidman threw a head kick taht was blocked before clinching up, committed to trying to put the fight on the floor. Weidman again drove to the cage looking for a single-leg takedown, but Akhmedov defended well. Akhmedov landed a few good body shots and then popped Weidman with a jab. Akhmedov landed a hard right to the jaw of Weidman and then tried for a takedown. Weidman scored with a takedown with slightly more than two minutes left in the round. Akhmedov was able to work back to standing but Weidman kept trying to score takedowns. Weidman finished another takedown with a minute left in the round, working a few elbows before the round came to a close. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Weidman

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