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UFC Fight Night: Lewis done in two rounds as Junior Dos Santos wins third straight

David Ibarra, Reporter

The UFC showed out in fashion in the Midwest Saturday evening. The night consisted of impressive performances. However, the most impressive of all might be Junior Dos Santos’ TKO of Derrick Lewis in the main event.

With this win, Dos Santos has now captured 3 straight victories in a row and looks to be on pace for a title shot in the near future. The former heavyweight king sealed the deal Saturday night with an overhand right that wobbled Lewis and eventually put him away with a flurry while Lewis was covered up in the second round. Dos Santos displayed a strong gameplan from the opening bell and never let go of the momentum placed his way. He threw various leg kicks and feints which would eventually lead to a body kick that made Lewis cover up late in the first round before Dos Santos connected for the finishing sequence in the second.

Dos Santos’ win streak propels him to be in serious consideration for Daniel Cormier’s next title defense. Post-fight, there was speculation that Dos Santos would match up with Francis Ngannou next, the heavyweight powerhouse who is on a two fight knockout streak. The fight bodes well for both gentlemen, and will more than likely be marketed as a title eliminator bout.

For Lewis, it is back to the drawing board. He is now on a two fight skid, with his last fight being a submission loss to the champion.

After the match, Dos Santos rallied the crowd in Wichita for a sing along for his son’s birthday and 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, but that’s fine. I’m here to fight and regain my belt.”

The co-main event of the night between Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos and Curtis Millender ended sooner than most would have hoped. The bout was a powerful display of grappling from Dos Santos, who captured his seventh win in a row by first round rear-naked choke submission. Millender appeared to be lost grappling with Dos Santos as he struggled to maintain a dominant position on the ground and eventually exposed his back in a scramble that led to the finish.

One of the most entertaining bouts on the card was a welterweight showdown between Tim Means and Niko Price. The fight began with Price getting the better of the exchanges between the two. Wobbled and hurt, Means was able to secure a slam and work a dominant position on the ground to recover. Once the fight was standing again, Means had recovered and was beginning to find his range and was attacking Price in the pocket. It was during a wild exchange that it seemed Price was hurt, but then came back with a counter right hand and put Means to sleep. Means looked to have tweaked his ankle as he fell to the ground.

Price has now taken three of his last four in finishing fashion whereas Means is 1-3 in his last four.

The UFC awards “Performance of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” Bonuses for those that truly put on a show. The bonus is 50,000 on top of the money the fighters make to show. Wichita left with two performances of the night in Niko Price’s spectacular knockout and Beneil Dariush’s come-from-behind submission victory in the prelims. The fight of the night was awarded to Lewis vs Dos Santos as both fighters put on an array of striking skills and flashy kicks.

The UFC is back in action next week for UFC Fight Night London: Till vs Masvidal. Look out for a preview of that event in the coming week.

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