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Derrick
Lewis
plowed through another unwitting victim, albeit with
considerable difficulty.

“The Black Beast” withstood an all-out assault on his body to knock
Travis
Browne
senseless in the second round of their
UFC Fight Night 105 “Lewis vs. Browne”
main event on Sunday at
the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lewis closed it out
3:12 into Round 2, as he continued his scorched-earth policy inside
the
Ultimate Fighting Championship
’s heavyweight division.

Browne blew his chance. The 34-year-old “Hapa” had Lewis clutching
his gut and shying away from contact after a series of kicks and
knees to the body in the first round. Browne let the former Legacy
Fighting Championship titleholder off the hook and later
encountered an overhand right that sent him to the canvas and
perhaps gave him reason for pause. The one-minute respite between
rounds did wonders for Lewis, who floored the 6-foot-7 Hawaiian
twice in Round 2. After the second knockdown, he pounced with
devastating right hands and pounded Browne unconscious before
referee Mario Yamasaki arrived on the scene.

In the aftermath of UFC Fight Night “Lewis vs. Browne,” here are
five matches that ought to be made (online sportsbooks):

Derrick
Lewis
vs. Francis
Ngannou
: Lewis has rattled off six consecutive victories, five
of them finishes, and has emerged as an alarming threat in an aging
division. He has beaten Browne, Shamil
Abdurakhimov
, Roy Nelson,
Gabriel
Gonzaga
, Damian
Grabowski
and Viktor
Pesta
in succession since his technical knockout loss to
Shawn
Jordan
in June 2015. Only the famously durable Nelson has gone
the distance with Lewis during his current tear. Ngannou shares are
trading at an all-time high after the Cameroon-born Frenchman
shredded former heavyweight champion Andrei
Arlovski
in a cool 92 seconds at UFC on Fox 23 in January.

Johny
Hendricks
vs. Rashad
Evans
Daniel
Kelly
winner: So far, so good for Hendricks in his move to 185
pounds. The former welterweight champion debuted inside his new
weight class with a unanimous decision over American Top Team’s
Hector
Lombard
in the co-headliner. Hendricks steered clear of the
Cuban judoka’s fast and powerful hands, as he tore into him with
thudding lefts and surprised him with stepping knees. Lombard’s gas
tank had run dry by the third round and he could do little more
than operate in single strikes to combat the four-time NCAA
All-American wrestler. Evans and Kelly will collide at UFC 209 on
March 4.

Elias
Theodorou
vs. Krzysztof
Jotko
: The once-beaten Theodorou relied on his output and
superior conditioning in claiming a unanimous verdict from Cezar
Ferreira
in their middleweight showcase. According to
FightMetric data, “The Ultimate Fighter Nations” winner outlanded
Ferreira by a startling 52-2 count over the final 10 minutes, thus
offsetting the Brazilian’s two completed takedowns and a
second-round bid for a rear-naked choke. Theodorou, 28, has posted
back-to-back wins since suffering the first setback of his career
in a decision loss to Thiago
Santos
in December 2015. On a five-fight winning streak, Jotko
has not competed since he outpointed Thales
Leites
at UFC Fight Night 100 on Nov. 26.

Sara
McMann
vs. Raquel
Pennington
: McMann did what was expected of her against
Gina
Mazany
, a short-notice fill-in for original opponent Liz
Carmouche
. The 2004 Olympic silver medalist steamrolled the
overmatched Mazany in just 74 seconds, an arm-triangle choke her
weapon of choice. McMann has pieced together a three-fight winning
streak since she submitted to a rear-naked choke from current
bantamweight champion Amanda
Nunes
at UFC Fight Night 73 in August 2015. She now owns a 5-3
mark inside the Octagon, having lost only to Nunes, Miesha Tate
and Ronda
Rousey
. Pennington has been in a steady ascent for two years.
She last appeared at UFC 205 on Nov. 12, when she was awarded a
unanimous decision over Tate at Madison Square Garden in New York.
It was Pennington’s fourth straight win.

Paul
Felder
vs. Joe Lauzon:
Felder rose from the ashes of a cut-induced defeat to Francisco
Trinaldo
in September and wiped out Alessandro
Ricci
in the first round of their lightweight showcase. The
former Cage Fury Fighting Championships titleholder blasted Ricci
with a step-in elbow, tracked him to the fence and uncorked a knee
strike upstairs before drawing the curtain with unanswered punches.
Felder has quietly won three of his last four fights, slowly
gaining traction in the cutthroat lightweight division. Lauzon last
competed at UFC Fight Night 103 on Jan. 15, when he pocketed a
controversial split decision against Polish leg lock connoisseur
Marcin
Held
.


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