As many sports around the world continue to return to normalcy, the MMA leader had yet another show featuring multiple finishes on Saturday.
The UFC wasn’t along this weekend though as Bellator and RIZIN both featured big shows over the weekend.
With multiple shows and multiple headlining performances, we take a look back at all things MMA from your weekend.
The Black Beast With Another KO and Another Memorable Quote
In the UFC main event Saturday night, Derrick Lewis returning looking a bit slimmer than usual and came out firing in the first round against long-time fight veteran and submission specialist Aleksei Oleinik.
Lewis played a risky game in the first round throwing Oleinik to the ground and looking for ground and pound. Oleinik would sweep the bigger Lewis and nearly apply a scarf hold, or as Lewis referred to it, a “British Bulldog.” Lewis would survive until the end of the first and go with a new game plan in the second round.
Lewis would come up throwing heavy leather in the second dropping Oleinik and then pouring down heavy punches leading to a stoppage at 21 seconds in the second round.
Lewis has now won three fights in a row and is set up for another likely headliner role next likely against either Alistair Overeem, Curtis Blaydes or possibly a rematch with Francis Ngannou. Before that, Lewis expressed interest in shedding some more weight before returning to the Octagon late this year.
Weidman Back In The Win Column, Wants Another Run at 185
It’s been a tough last four years for former Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman as he entered the Octagon on Saturday on a two-fight losing streak and overall, losing five of his last six being finished in each of those defeats.
It was a must-win situation for the “All-American.”
Weidman faced a tough opponent in Omari Akhmedov and while it wasn’t pretty, Weidman did what he needed to do to earn his first decision win since July 2014.
After using some heavy wrestling in the first round and being out-wrestled and outstruke in the second, Weidman entered the third round with everything on the line. Weidman would come out fast and put Akhmedov on his back, work to mount and spend the round working ground and pound and looking for an arm-triangle finish.
In the end, it was a 10-8 round on multiple scorecards and would lead to a much needed victory for Weidman in the night’s co-main event.
Chris said post-fight that he was happy to be back at middleweight and sent out a warning to the division saying, “All you top tier guys, I’m coming for you.” Some potential interesting match-ups for Weidman at middleweight division going forward.
Michael Chandler Makes Quick Work Of Ben Henderson, Officially a Free Agent
Long-time Bellator standout Michael Chandler is one of the best fighters in the world to never step foot in the UFC Octagon as a competitor, but did make it 2-0 against former UFC Champion Benson Henderson on Friday night.
After a split decision win over Henderson back in November 2016, Chandler would make a much more definitive statement this time around knocking out Henderson in a little over two minutes in the Bellator headliner.
With the win, Chandler hits the open market as one of the hottest free agents in recent memory. Chandler has an overall record of 21-5, has won five of his last six and is a three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion.
At this point, it’s hard to think there’s anything left to accomplish in Bellator and Chandler has made it well known he wants to prove he can compete with the best lightweights in the UFC and even threw in a jab at former Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor saying, “I finish Conor in under two [rounds]. I wear him down a little bit, make him see Jesus, put him out.”
While Chandler likely jump right into a fight with McGregor, there are some fantastic fights for him in the UFC including Paul Felder, Tony Ferguson and/or Dustin Poirier. Of course, Chandler could decided to stick around as the face of Bellator and make some top tier cash or possibly make a deal where he could fight for both Bellator and RIZIN. Chandler said post-fight about the future, “my phone is on.”
UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik (8/8/20 – Las Vegas, Nevada)
– Derrick Lewis (24-7, 1 NC) defeated Aleksei Oleinik (59-14-1) via KO (punches) – 2nd Round, 0:21
– Chris Weidman (15-5) defeated Omari Akhmedov (20-5-1) via unanimous decision
– Darren Stewart (12-5, 1 NC) defeated Maki Pitolo via Submission (guillotine) – 1st Round, 3:41
– Yana Kunitskaya (13-5, 1 NC) defeated Julija Stoliarenko (9-5-1) via unanimous decision
– Beneil Dariush (19-4-1) defeated Scott Holtzman (14-4) via KO (spinning forearm) – 1st Round, 4:38
– Tim Means (30-12-1, 1 NC) defeated Laureano Staropoli (9-3) via unanimous decision
– Kevin Holland (18-5) defeated Joaquin Buckley (10-3) via TKO (punches) – 3rd Round, 0:32
– Nasrat Haqparast (12-3) defeated Alex Munoz (6-1) via unanimous decision
– Andrew Sanchez (13-5) defeated Wellington Turman (16-4) via KO (punch) – 1st Round, 4:14
– Gavin Tucker (12-1) defeated Justin Jaynes (16-5) via Submission (rear-naked choke) – 3rd Round, 1:43
– Youssef Zalal (10-2) defeated Peter Barrett (11-4) via unanimous decision
– Irwin Rivera (10-5) defeated Ali Alqaisi (8-4) via split decision
Bellator 243 (8/7/20 – Uncasville, Connecticut)
– Michael Chandler defeated Benson Henderson via TKO (strikes) – 1st Round, 2:09
– Timothy Johnson defeated Matt Mitrione via TKO (strikes) – 1st Round, 3:14
– Myles Jury defeated Georgi Karakhanyan via split decision
– Sabah Homasi defeated Curtis Millender via unanimous decision
– Adam Borics defeated Mike Hamel via split decision
– Chris Lencioni defeated A.J. Agazarm via unanimous decision
– Valerie Loureda defeated Tara Graff via KO (punch) – 2nd Round, 5:00
– Grant Neal defeated Hamza Salim via unanimous decision
– Charlie Campbell defeated Nainoa Dung via TKO (leg kicks) – 2nd Round, 1:42
– Dalton Rosta defeated Mark Gardner via TKO (doctor stoppage) – 1st Round, 5:00
RIZIN FF 22 (8/9/20 – Yokohama, Japan)
– Roberto de Souza defeated Yusuke Yachi via TKO (punches) – 1st Round, 1:52
– Ayaka Hamasaki defeated Tomo Maesawa via Submission (armbar) – 2nd Round, 1:14
– Kanna Asakura defeated Mizuki Furusa via TKO (punches) – 1st Round, 1:35
– Naoki Inoue defeated Shooto Watanabe via Submission (rear-naked choke) – 1st Round, 1:40
– Tetsuya Seki defeated Kouya Kanda via KO (punch) – 2nd Round, 3:47
– Kyohei Hagiwara defeated Rikuto Shirakawa via TKO (punches) – 3rd Round, 4:40
– Kenji Kato defeated Erson Yamamoto via Knockout (punch) – 1st Round, 3:32