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UFC Fight Night 86 results recap: Gabriel Gonzaga vs Derrick Lewis fight review and analysis

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Gabriel Gonzaga and Derrick Lewis threw down at UFC Fight Night 86 inside Arena Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia. In a violent end, Lewis knocked his opponent out. Find out how below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight hitters Gabriel Gonzaga and Derrick Lewis collided on Sunday (April 10, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 86 inside Arena Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia.

Full fight video highlights HERE.

Gonzaga entered this bout in a must-win situation. He may have been coming off a victory, but it was a truly tepid performance that did little to distance him from recent losses.

The stakes were high for Lewis as well, although for much different reasons. Lewis has been improving and finishing his opponents, but he still needed a victory over a name opponent to get over the hill and potentially earn a position in the rankings.

Mission accomplished.

Lewis opened up with a high kick that partially connected, but Gonzaga countered by clinching and scoring a takedown. Gonzaga moved into the back mount and looked to be in great position, but Lewis managed to escape back to his feet into the clinch.

For the rest of the round, Gonzaga sought the clinch whenever possible but could not take his opponent down. However, with less than 30 seconds remaining, Lewis finally broke free and swarmed his opponent.

With the first clean combination “The Black Beast” landed, he sent his opponent to the mat completely unconscious.

This was pretty classic Derrick Lewis. He’s a more skilled grappler than many expect, which allowed him to survive Gonzaga’s early grappling blitz. Additionally, Lewis manages to conserve his power late, both in the fight and in the round.

Speaking of power, Lewis is genuinely terrifying. When he lands a clean shot, his opponents fall down hard. In a division full of heavy hitters, Lewis may be the most ….View full article

Source:: mma mania