LAS VEGAS – Derrick Lewis will play Derrick Lewis. And that’s how the UFC 2021 comes to an end.
Lewis (26-8) took the No. 1 solo spot on the UFC’s all-time knockout list on Saturday when he knocked out Chris Daukaus (12-4) by KO at 3:36 of the first round. The heavyweight fight headlined the last UFC Fight Night event of the year inside the Apex facility in Las Vegas.
Lewis from Houston patiently stalked Daukaus around the Octagon before unloading a blast along the fence. Daukaus survived the initial attack and lunged for the clinch. Lewis was finally able to get away and landed a strong right hand that put him out. It is Lewis’ 13th knockout in the UFC, which is the most of all time.
Immediately after the victory, Lewis removed the cup from his shorts and threw it into the small crowd inside the Apex.
“One day, it’s going to be an NFT and I’m going to make some money off that sh —,” Lewis said.
Daukaus, a former Philadelphia police officer, approached the fight cautiously. He spent the first half of the first round circling away from Lewis’s notorious power and throwing feints. However, Lewis did not respect any of that as he slowly closed the gap and got loose with the combinations.
It was a huge win for Lewis, who suffered a knockout loss to Ciryl Gane in an interim heavyweight title fight in August in his hometown. Lewis admitted that the pressure got to him in that fight, and he was happy to end 2021 with a historic victory.
“It feels really good,” Lewis said. “All I wanted to do was keep moving forward.”