Join us here at Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, and play-by-play as UFC Vegas 45: Lewis vs. Daukaus main card goes down from the promotion’s APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The main event for this fight night will occur in the heavyweight division when the #3 rated, Derrick Lewis, tangles with the #7 rated, Chris Daukaus. Lewis is looking to rebound after coming up short in his interim title fight with Ciryl Gane, and Daukaus is on a five-fight finishing streak. The co-main event of the night will happen between ranked welterweights. We’ve got the #5 ranked, Stephen Thompson, tussling with the #10 ranked, Belal Muhammad. Thompson has won two of his last three, and Belal is unbeaten in his last six outings.
This will be an ESPN+ show but will be kicking off a little earlier than usual. The seven-fight preliminary card is scheduled to start at 4pm ET/1pm PT on ESPN+. The six-fight main card is also on ESPN+, and that is supposed to start at 7pm ET/4pm PT. For the areas outside of the United States, you can catch all the scheduled contests on UFC Fight Pass.
Main card: (7pm ET, ESPN+)
Derrick Lewis vs. Chris Daukaus: Heavyweight
Daukaus is giving a bunch of different looks and keeping his distance. Lewis is standing in the center, slowly pressing forward. Leg kick scores for Daukaus. Lewis uncorks a right hand, but Daukaus covers up. Derrick is warned for extending his fingers. A big right left right is blocked by Daukaus. An elbow gets through for Daukaus. A right hand for Daukaus hits the mark. Lewis misses with a head kick, and Daukaus lands a leg kick. Another leg kick is not blocked. A jumping switch kick grazes the head of Daukaus. He follows up with a huge series of hooks. Daukaus covers up. Lewis lands a knee to the body. Three right hands in a row hit the mark. One more right slumps him! Daukaus IS OUT !!!!!! WOW!
Derrick Lewis def. Chris Daukaus by KO at 3:36 of round 1: Heavyweight
Stephen Thompson vs. Belal Muhammad: Welterweight
Side kick to the belly for Thompson. Cross lands for Thompson. He goes to the face but misses. Muhammad shoots in against the cage. Thompson stays on his feet and blasts Muhammad with two right hands. A spinning kick misses for Stephen. Belal blocks a head kick and then darts in for a takedown. As Thompson tries to stand up Muhammad starts unloading punches. Thompson starts punching back! They’re going back forth with punches in this funky position! Thompson stands up but his back is to the cage. He lands a knee and two punches before spinning Muhammad around. A big knee to the body lands for Thompson. Muhammad scrambles off of the fence and hits another takedown. Stephen is on one knee, trying to stand back up. He gets away with a fence grab to get up. Muhammad shoots again and scrambles to the back. He flattens out Thompson and starts punching. Stephen is trying to get to his knees. The punches are still coming without a break. Low time on the clock. Stephen is saved by the bell, but seems unfazed.
Cross from Thompson opens the round. A set of side kicks miss for Stephen. A 1-2 land for Thompson, and again. Another 1-2 hits the mark. Muhammad blasts another takedown, but Stephen is right back up. Muhammad lifts up Thompson and takes him down to where he’s flat on the mat. From the top of half guard, Muhammad is showing a Kimura attempt. He elbows the thigh to soften up his opponent. He’s back on the Kimura. Muhammad switches to a straight armlock. Thompson defends, but time is ticking away. Muhammad moves to side control and bails on the sub. He drops a few elbows and Thompson regains the half guard. Belal is punching away with short shots, and the closes out the round with a few elbows.
Thompson throws a 1-2 to begin the round, but allows Muhammad to close the distance. Belal is in on the hips and Stephen’s back is to the cage. Thompson is down yet again. Some more small punches score for Belal as Thompson tries to rise to his feet. Thompson is up, but his back is still to the fence and Belal is still attached. Muhammad is back in on the hips, but Thompson grabs the neck and Belal bails. Muhammad resets and dives back in for a takedown, this time in the middle of the Octagon. From half guard, Belal is dropping softening blows and keeping Wonderboy on his back. Muhammad keeps dropping hammers as time expires and his win is secured.
Belal Muhammad def. Stephen Thompson by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26 x2): Welterweight
Amanda Lemos vs. Angela Hill: Strawweight
Inside leg kick for Lemos. Hill looks hesitant. Lemos throws out a jab as Hill advances. A left hook lands flush for Hill. A big right hand just misses for Hill. A NASTY front kick drops Hill! Lemos takes top position. She’s dropping some mean strikes. Hill is trying to tie up. AN elbow connects. Hill spams up kicks and gets up. Lemos jumps a guillotine but it’s not close. Hill is on top and she’s squeezing for a Von Flue. Hill is in the half guard but Lemos is elevating her. lemos is up. A big elbow lands for Lemos. A left cross hits the mark for Lemos. She goes back tot he front kick. A huge right hand from Hill staggers Lemos, but she seems fine. Another left for Lemos lands. Hill shoots in but doesn’t get it. Hill lands a kick to the body on the break. A body kick is blocked for Lemos. They clinch up but quickly break apart. Hill almost takes out the ref with a kick.
Hill attempts a front kick of her own. A right hand gets through for Hill. Lemos responds with a flurry. Hill catches a kick and closes the distance. They clinch against the cage, jockeying for position. Hill’s back is to the cage. She reverses and throws a couple of knees to the body. They trade knees to the body. Hill elbows on the break. A left lands for Lemos. Hill presses Lemos against the fence again. She’s attacking the body with more knees. Lemos tries to escape. Hill allows it. Lemos tries the front kick again. Then a right hand scores. An inside leg kick hits the mark for Lemos. Hill is pressing forward, and Lemos is picking her off. Hill clinches up and shoves Lemos agains the cage yet again. More knees to the body land. Lemos launches a few knees of her own. Lemos attempts a takedown and doesn’t get it, but frees herself. Hill with a right hand gets through.
Amanda Lemos def. Angela Hill by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29): Strawweight
A jab from Lemos opens the third. Another left lands. The front kick connects but Hill wears it well. A body kick from Lemos. Hill shoots in but bails on it. Leg kick for Hill. The jab is pawing for Hill. A nice jab from Lemos scores. Hill makes Lemos slip and gets on top. Lemos scoots over to the cage. She’s up and hits a reversal. She’s trying to take Hill down. Hill turns into her and puts Lemos’ back to the cage. Hill elbows on the break. Head kick is blocked by Hill. Two right hands miss for Hill. Spinning back kick to the body pushes Hill back. Hill explodes with a double leg, but Lemos uses the momentum to get right back up. Hill is pressing Lemos against the fence again, landing more knees to the body. Lemos is free. Cross scores for Lemos. Hill is pressing but Lemos is swinging. A spinning elbow from Hill DROPS Lemos!!! Lemos is right back up! Hill is moving forward and Lemos is swinging. What a round!
Raphael Assuncao vs. Ricky Simon: Bantamweight
An accidental cup shot from Simon pauses the match before it even really starts. The fight quickly resumes. Leg kick for Assuncao. Jab for Assuncao. Body kick attempt for Simon, and another leg kick for Assuncao. Left hand for Simon, then a head kick attempt. Jab misses for Assuncao, and a head kick misses for Simon. Jab to double leg for Simon gets Assuncao down. Assuncao has butterfly guard and an overhook. Simon postures up and lands a couple of punches. Assuncao puts his back to the cage to get up. Simon goes right back to the takedown. He lifts up Assuncao and carries him to his corner to slam him. Assuncao sits up with his back to the cage. Simon lands an elbow and pulls him off the fence. Another elbow for Ricky scores. Assuncao gains his full guard, but just for a second. Simon is in half guard. Small body punches connect for Simon. Assuncao is holding on now. Simon posters up again and drops some strikes before the bell.
Liver kick lands for Assuncao. Simon returns a body kick. A leg kick scores for Ricky, and then a right hand. Ricky closes the distance but Assuncao uses his footwork to circle out. Simon throws out a head kick. A lead uppercut misses for Assuncao, then a right and left hand combo whiffs. Simon is feinting and backing up Assuncao. He paws the jab and bring a BIG RIGHT HAND! Assuncao drops! A big uppercut hit the mark and the referee is stopping it! What a finish!
Ricky Simon def. Raphael Assuncao by KO at 2:14 of round 2: Bantamweight
Diego Ferreira vs. Mateusz Gamrot: Lightweight
Jab from Gamrot as he pressures. They exchange in the pocket. Ferreira throws out a front kick and then goes to the leg. Back to the head, and Gamrot returns one of his own upstairs. Ferreira leaps in with a cross, and then eats a body kick. Gamrot lands another body kick. Gamrot shoots in but allows Ferreira back up. Calf kick for Ferreira. a two-piece misses for Ferreira. Gamrot connects with a straight. Another calf kick for Ferreira, and Gamrot shoots and gets Ferreira down. A set of punches land for Gamrot but Ferreira is back up. They paw jabs back and forth. A front kick misses for Ferreira, and then they exchange body kicks. They both land right hands. Ferreira catches a kick and they exchange punches as Gamrot is on one leg. Gamrot gets through with a two-piece. A beautiful double leg is hit by Gamrot, followed by some ground strikes. Ferreira is back up and misses a leg kick. They bite down and exchange in the pocket before the bell.
Left hook for Gamrot and a body kick for Ferreira score. Big right for Gamrot gets through, and Ferreira returns a right hand of his own. Gamrot shoots in but Ferreira is having none of it. Ferreira connects with a left. Gamrot shoots in again and a crazy scramble breaks out. Gamrot is on top. He punches Ferreira in the face as he stands up. A 1-2 lands for Ferreira. Gamrot throws his jab as Ferreira advances behind his right hand. Another jab for Gamrot. A big 1-2 misses for Ferreira, and another misses. A cross to double leg sits down Ferreira, but he’s right back up. A jab-cross for Ferreira lands. Gamrot with another takedown. He has Ferreira up against the cage on one knee. A set of knees to the body land for Gamrot, and now Ferreira is saying something to the referee. Gamrot jumps on a rear-naked choke, but the ref is stopping the fight. Ferreira seems injured in some way.
Mateusz Gamrot def. Diego Ferreira by TKO at 3:26 of round 2: Lightweight
Darren Elkins vs. Cub Swanson: Featherweight
Jab from Swanson, and then another. A 1-2 from Elkins. Swanson connects with a jab but misses with a hook. A big overhand right scores for Elkins. Cub lands a jab but Elkins lands a cross. Elkins shoots in but nothing doing. A cross hook from Swanson gets through. A big right from Swanson DROPS Elkins, but he's back up. Elkins tries a set of right hands. A big left, right, left from Cub drops Elkins again. Darren stands up just to eat two left hooks. Cub barely lands with a wheel kick. Darren is dazed. Another left for Cub lands and the referee steps in. WOWSERS!
Cub Swanson def. Darren Elkins by TKO at 2:12 of round 1: Featherweight
Prelims: (4pm ET, ESPN+)
- Gerald Meerschaert def. Dustin Stoltzfus by submission (RNC) at 2:58 of round 3: Middleweight
- Justin Tafa def. Harry Hunsucker by TKO at 1:53 of round 1: Heavyweight
- Melissa Gatto def. Sijara Eubanks by TKO at :45 of round 3: (W) Flyweight
- Charles Jourdain def. Andre Ewell by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27): Featherweight
- Raquel Pennington def. Macy Chiasson by submission (Guillotine) at 3:07 of round 2: Featherweight
- Don’Tale Mayes def. Josh Parisian by TKO at 3:26 of round 3: Heavyweight
- Jordan Leavitt def. Matt Sayles by submission (Inverted Triangle) at 2:05 of round 2: Lightweight