UFC Fight Night 90 Results: Derrick Lewis Takes Split Decision Over Roy Nelson, Calls for Rematch

July 8, 2016

Rising heavyweight Derrick Lewis requested a fight against tenth ranked Roy Nelson and got what he asked for on Thursday in the UFC Fight Night 90 co-main event in Las Vegas. The fight between two of the heaviest hitters in the division wasn’t expected to go the distanceDerrick Lewis TUF 19 Finale 2279 478x270, but it did.

Nelson, who is known for his granite chin and knockout power, showed his grappling skills against the bigger Lewis.  Lewis landed heavy shots on their feet while Nelson secured takedown after takedown.

Lewis had Nelson reeling in the opening round with knees to the body and unleashing flurries of punches.  Nelson secured a takedown in the closing seconds, but Lewis took the opening frame.

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Nelson rebounded in the second round, securing three takedowns.  He didn’t give “The Black Beast” any space to land his strikes and controlled the round.

In the final frame, Nelson landed two takedowns and looked to be well on his way to securing a decision win.  While the two were tied up in the clinch position, referee “Big” John McCarthy separated the fighters.  Lewis seized the opportunity to open up with his strikes.  He landed a thunderous right hand during an exchange in the closing seconds of the round.

After fifteen minutes of fighting, Lewis was scored as the winner by split decision.  The Nelson-friendly Las Vegas crowd did not agree with the decision, but Lewis did.

“It is what it is,” said Lewis following the fight.  “You can’t expect somebody to win when all they want to do is hug you.”

With the win, Lewis has put together a four-fight winning streak and will likely crack the top ten in the rankings.  Not satisfied with the split decision win, Lewis wants a rematch with Nelson for his next fight.

“I would like to get a rematch with Roy Nelson.  I promised a finish.  I don’t like winning by decision, but it is what it is,” he said.

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