Derrick Lewis Removes Pants & Moons Crowd After Win at UFC Fight Night

May 13, 2024
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Derrick Lewis spent ten frustrating minutes trying to get Rodrigo Nascimento off his back Saturday night in St. Louis. Lewis received a clear message when he returned to his corner following the second round. Quit grappling and knock this guy out.

Lewis rocked Nascimento nearly 40 seconds into the third round. A stiff punch behind the ear left Nascimento on wobbly legs. Lewis immediately followed up with ground strikes.

While Nascimento attempted to hang onto a leg, Jason Herzog was forced to stop the fight at the 49-second mark of the third round. Lewis did what has become his tradition.

Lewis dropped down and slammed his arms against the mat. Then Lewis got back to his feet and ripped off his shorts. He waved them in the air above Nascimento, who was being tended to on the mat. Lewis then pulled down his shorts part of the way and bent over to moon the crowd.

MMAfighting latest news shows this was a good bounce-back win for Lewis. Previously, Lewis had been held down for 25 minutes by Jailton Almeida in a decision loss. For the first two rounds, it appeared Nascimento may do the same thing. Lewis struggled to stay off the mat in the first two rounds.

But once Lewis finally let go, he was able to pick up a knockout win. 

St. Louis Fighters Go 3-for-3

The fans made the trip to the Enterprise Center a festive one for the UFC. This marked only the second time the promotion hosted an event in St. Louis. There was plenty of local flavor on the card.

The UFC honored Art “One Glove” Jimmerson before the card. He was a St. Louis native who fought in the first UFC event as boxing’s representative. Jimmerson wore one glove on his jab hand while leaving his other hand gloveless to try and score a knockout. Once the card started, all three St. Louis fighters delivered with decision wins.

Joaquin Buckley dominated Nursulton Ruziboev, winning decisively on all three scorecards. Sean Woodson and Charles Johnson didn’t have as easy a time. Woodson was engaged in a tight striking affair with Alex Caceres.

In one of the more controversial decisions of the night, Woodson was judged to be the unanimous winner on all three judges’ scorecards. Woodson finished with a 101-85 advantage in significant strikes, but Caceres landed plenty of powerful strikes.

Johnson was able to win the fight after scoring a big knockdown in the second round. However, Johnson’s opponent, Jake Hadley, kept the fight close throughout.

Judging has become a frequent topic of discussion in MMA recently. The best MMA news sites emphasized that judging is now based more on power and damage inflicted on your opponent than volume. Everyone who watches a fight has a different definition of what those things mean. Johnson and Woodson should feel good being on the right side.

Maybe Take a Second and Think Things Through

Alonzo Menifield threw caution to the wind against Carlos Ulberg. Menifield hardly knew what hit him after that. Ulberg would turn Menifield’s aggression against him quickly.

Menifield backed Ulberg up with a blitz of punches right after the opening bell. However, Ulberg moved out of the way as they neared the cage, and Menifield’s momentum carried him into the fence.

Ulberg immediately started firing off punches of his own. One of the big wild hooks Ulberg threw landed flush on the side of Menifield’s head. That sent him spilling to the mat. Only 12 seconds into the fight, the referee was forced to wave it off.

It was the seventh-fastest stoppage in UFC history and the third-fastest in the light heavyweight division.

Rebecki Gets Lesson Many Young Fighters Get

Dominating every opponent early in your MMA career can actually haunt you later. Mateusz Rebecki looked like a car crash victim following his knockout loss to Carlos Diego Ferreira. Rebecki went out fast against Ferreira and cracked him with several shots that would have put down low-level fighters.

However, Ferreira didn’t fold. That was bad news for Rebecki, who seldom goes past the first round. Rebecki had utilized most of his gas tank in the first round. While he was still firing stiff punches, Rebecki lost the steam off of them.

Ferreira took over in the second round and never let go. Late in the third round, Ferreira was finally able to secure a stoppage due to ground strikes with 9 seconds remaining. Both of Rebecki’s eyes were nearly swollen shut due to damage.

The latest MMA updates show Rebecki was hospitalized after the fight. Hopefully, he learns a lesson from this.

Hoopes Continues Hot Streak

Chase Hooper, 24, looks like he is set to deliver on the promise he showed as a teenager. Some people may have felt that Hooper was rushed to the top level when he first signed with the UFC when he was 19. Hooper had some early struggles.

But as Hooper has continued to accrue experience, the results have come. Hooper submitted Viacheslav Borschev in the second round. Borschev was known for his strong kickboxing.

However, Hooper scored a knockdown in the first round and dominated from there. There was a controversy surrounding the finish. Hooper was rolling Borachev over while looking for a choke.

Borachev’s hand came down and hit Hooper, so Keith Peterson stopped the fight. However, Borachev protested that he was looking to place his hands somewhere for defense and wasn’t submitting.

Here’s a look at the rest of the fights not mentioned above:

  • Heavyweight, Waldo Cortes-Acosta win by decision over Robelis Despaigne, 30-26, 30-27 (x2)
  • Lightweight, Esteban Ribovics win by knockout (head kick) over Terrance McKinney, Round 1 :37
  • Women’s strawweight, Tabatha Ricci win by split decision over Tecia Pennington, 29-28 x3
  • Welterweight, Trey Waters win by decision over Billy Goff, 30-27 (x2), 29-28
  • Women’s flyweight, Veronica Hardy win by decision over J.J. Aldrich, 29-28 (x3)

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By Dean McHugh.