"Black Beast" strikes again.
Derrick Lewis (15-4) knocked out Gabriel Gonzaga (17-11) at UFC Fight Night 86 earlier this afternoon (Sun., April 10, 2016) inside Zagreb Arena in Zagreb, Croatia. The official time of the stoppage came at 4:48 of round one.
Lewis, 31, was taken down early in the bout, but avoided any submission trouble. Once he connected, Gonzaga could not handle the power of his punches. The Texas-based fighter now has 14 career knockouts on his resume.
Gonzaga landed a takedown early in the first round and passed to side control. As the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt went to transition to mount, Lewis turned, so he took his back. Lewis was able to escape and get back to his feet. Gonzaga pressed Lewis up against the fence, but referee Marc Goddard halted the bout and restarted the two heavyweights in the middle of the Octagon. Gonzaga went right back to it and again pushed Lewis up against the fence and Goddard separated them for the second time in the round.
The end would come only moments later.
Lewis landed a huge straight right, which rocked Gonzaga and he landed another as the Brazilian was crumpling to the canvas. Lewis landed a third punch on the ground before Goddard could get over to stop the contest.
It was another impressive victory for Lewis, who should find his way into UFC's Heavyweight rankings come Tuesday. "Black Beast" has now won all six of his UFC fights via (technical) knockout. He is 6-2 within the promotion.
Meanwhile, it was a tough loss for Gonzaga. The 36-year-old veteran has now been finished in three of his last four fights and looks to be declining by the minute. He falls to 12-10 in UFC competition.
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