In a division ruled by the likes of Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou, it’s tough to carve out a niche. But Derrick Lewis has done just that, mixing personality with aggression, and cementing himself as one of the elite.
Polish fighter Marcin Tybura hasn’t quite joined that distinguished group of heavyweights, but to his credit, he took former champ Fabricio Werdum to a decision in his last bout. (A decision he lost, of course.)
This is your UFC Fight Night 126 co-main event, folks.
Lewis kicks things off by hitting a takedown and making Tybura feel all of his weight – a smart tactic, but one that soon backfires when Tybura turns the tables and winds up on top and in mount. Lewis rolls, and when Tybura takes his back he shimmies until the Polish fighter falls off. Rinse and repeat, and you have a first round that’s the epitome of “back and forth”.
Apparently happy with being in top position, Tybura manages to get Lewis down and keep him there for much of the second, and this time there’s no shimmy-ing him off.
Then comes Round 3, and Lewis’ sudden “go for broke” flurry while Tybura has his back to the fence. Once, twice, three times Lewis connects, and when Tybura eats one square in the chops, he finally falls to his hands and knees. From there it’s Hammerfist Time, and the ref has no choice but to jump in.
Results: Derrick Lewis def. Marcin Tybura via TKO (Punches) at 2:48, R3