UFC Vegas 45 takeaways: Derrick Lewis is the gate keeper at heavyweight

UFC Apex experienced a ten-finish night at the close of 2021. The promoter’s last event of the year made it clear that Derrick Lewis remains a danger at heavyweight by halting Chris Daukaus’s winning streak.

Belal Muhammad took on the role of Khabib Nurmagomedov and did not allow Stephen Thompson to play his game in a costar that could be worth a big shot at 170 pounds. Meanwhile, Ricky Simon, Melissa Gatto, Tai Tuivasa and Cub Swanson surprised on their feet, and the Polish Mateusz Gamrot secured a place in the 155-pound ranking.

This is the best that UFC Vegas 45 left us.

You can’t discount Derrick Lewis

The brutal honesty of the ‘Beast’ makes him a public favorite. The former heavyweight title contender knows he can’t compete past the third round because of his physical condition, but any oversight early in the fight will serve to put his opponents to sleep.

Daukaus came up with a great opportunity to write his name on the list heading for the title in the future, but he ran into the biggest knockout in UFC history. Lewis will never be elegant, but we can never discount him in the top division.

Muhammad joins the conversation

The popularity and background of ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson made Belal Muhammad appear vastly underprivileged in gambling, but it didn’t really make sense. Muhammad now has a seven-fight unbeaten streak and demonstrated the quality of his fighting and the solidity of his game.

Chilean Ignacio Bahamondes is key in Muhammad’s camp at Valle Flow in Chicago and Ignacio’s striking qualities are very similar to those of ‘Wonderboy’, something that was noticed in the short time the fight was on its feet.

Belal is right to mention that nobody dominated Thompson like that, but he will hardly be enough to be Kamaru Usman’s next challenger, but the truth is that his next opponent must be someone in the Top 5 and from there, anything can happen.

Cub Swanson extends his legacy

Although coming off a painful loss to Giga Chikadze, Swanson gave us a reminder that he is one of the toughest guys in featherweight history in both the WEC and the UFC.

Swanson again showed his fine boxing with a first-round finish against a Darren Elkins who does not usually give up. The 38-year-old is on a three-win streak in his last four fights and was challenged by Charles Jourdain, who also won on the same card. He paints for a trade fight and it is up to the promotion if he decides to do it.

Gamrot puts light weight even better

The former KSW 145- and 155-pound champion had another major victory in the UFC. The third in four appearances and beating Diego Ferreira is no small thing; They gave a high-level first round of the standing exchange and a seldom-seen grappling display with two jiu-jitsu experts.

Although the completion came unexpectedly with a knee to the ribs, Gamrot scores a victory that has to put him within the Top 15 of lightweight, where saying there are no easy opponents seems little. He promised to be champion in 2023 and the Pole is on a pretty solid path.