UFC Vegas 19 was loaded with amazing fights and finishes all night long. Like, seriously, finish after finish… after finish! With a total of eight, fight fans were in for a treat. Join us as we go over the results and discuss the biggest takeaways from an outstanding night of fights!
UFC Vegas 19 Results
- Derrick Lewis defeats Curtis Blaydes via KO – Round 2 (1:26)
- Yana Kunitskaya defeats Ketlen Vieira via Unanimous Decision – (29-28 x3)
- Darrick Minner defeats Charles Rosa via Unanimous Decision – (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)
- Chris Daukaus defeats Aleksei Oleinik via TKO – Round 1 (1:55)
- Phil Hawes defeats Nassourdine Imavov via Majority Decision – (29-28 x2, 28-28)
- Tom Aspinall defeats Andrei Arlovski via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 2 (1:19)
- Jared Gordon defeats Daniel Chavez via Unanimous Decision – (30-27 x2, 29-28)
- John Castaneda defeats Eddie Wineland via TKO – Round 1 (4:44)
- Julian Erosa defeats Nate Landwehr via TKO – Round 1 (0:56)
- Casey O’Neill defeats Shana Dobson via TKO – Round 2 (3:41)
- Aiemann Zahabi defeats Drako Rodriguez via KO – Round 1 (3:05)
- Serghei Spivak defeats Jared Vanderaa via TKO – Round 2 (4:32)
UFC Vegas 19 Takeaways
The “Black Beast” is on the Prowl!
The Heavyweight clash over three months in the making finally happened… but it took less than seven minutes to be decided! In what would normally have been a number-one contender bout (Jon Jones threw a wrench in this) between Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis, Lewis showed that his power is second to none. After a solid first round by Blaydes, controlling the octagon and even getting the better of Lewis on the feet, fans everywhere were curious to see when he would get the fight to the ground.
Well, the only time this fight went to the ground was when Herb Dean had to pull Derrick off of Curtis after Lewis landed a perfectly timed right uppercut and went in to finish the job with ground and pound. Lewis threw the KO shot right as Blaydes shot in for a takedown and it could not have landed any better, right on the chin. With this knockout, Lewis is now tied with Vitor Belfort for the most KO/TKOs in UFC history!
Derrick Lewis has shown time and time again that you can never count him out, just ask UFC Vegas 18 main event winner, Alexander Volkov. Now the Heavyweight division, which was already getting shaken up this month and next is in even more chaos. It will be interesting to see how “The Black Beast” fits into the equation. One thing we do know, however, is that all eyes will be on Lewis, no matter what comes next!
Yana Kunitskaya Can be a Title Contender Again
After debuting in the UFC at 145 pounds and losing to Cris Cyborg, one of the best female fighters of all time, Yana Kunitskaya has been very underrated since. Following that loss in her UFC debut, she moved down to Bantamweight and was 3-1 in the weight class coming into UFC Vegas 19. With the lone loss coming to highly touted prospect, Aspen Ladd.
At UFC Vegas 19, Yana took on a very talented opponent in Ketlen Vieira and showed her toughness. After getting controlled on the ground for nearly all of the first round, she came on strong the remainder of the fight. She dominated the second round with very calm and collected ground control and on the feet held the advantage throughout. Although she was on her back a lot in the third, she finished the fight on top and landed NASTY elbows to finish the third round and bust Ketlen open badly. As the saying goes, “it’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish!”
I believe with one more win over a top-five opponent, Yana could very well be looking at her second UFC title fight. This time, at her best weight class of 135 pounds. Let us not forget that Yana was the former Bantamweight champion in Invicta. With Thiago Santos in her corner, this power couple could both be fighting their way to a title by the end of the year!
Tom Aspinall is Legit
Many have been impressed with UFC Heavyweight Tom Aspinall through his first two fights in the promotion and for good reason. Both came via KO/TKO in round one and fans were ready to see Tom take the next step. At UFC Vegas 19 he got this, taking on former Heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Safe to say, Aspinall passed the test with flying colors.
Tom took charge early on in the bout and controlled the octagon, plus the striking exchanges. This led to Aspinall nearly finishing the fight in the first, but the veteran was able to weather the storm and survive. In round two, however, Tom wasted no time. He took center control again and landed a perfectly timed double leg takedown. This immediately led to him transitioning to the back and securing the Rear Naked Choke submission a little over a minute into the second. It was one of the quickest takedowns to submission sequences I have seen in recent memory and coming from someone known for their striking, that’s quite impressive.
Aspinall went on to call out the winner of the Aleksei Oleinik vs. Chris Daukaus bout, which is a well-planned call-out. Tom knows the level he is at and where he wants to be, using that knowledge accordingly for his next steps. With Daukaus securing the victory two fights later, I am all for this fight! I believe Aspinall vs. Daukaus would be a great standup war and the thought of seeing two great Heavyweight prospects bang it out sounds so incredible! Be on the lookout for our “What’s Next” for the UFC Vegas 19 winners to see if great minds think alike!
The UFC Newcomer Makes a Statement
In the third fight of the UFC Vegas 19 prelims, we got to witness a very impressive debut from the Scottish-born Casey O’Neill. Right from the opening bell Casey and Shana Dobson met at the center of the octagon and started trading huge shots. Casey quickly began to showcase her strong grappling skills and heavy ground and pound, which proved to be the path to victory throughout the rest of the fight.
Casey would implement the grappling even quicker in the second round and dominated all the way through, until getting the TKO stoppage. Along with her ground and pound, she showed a strong ability to not only transition to the top mount but hold it for almost the whole round. With a few submission attempts being thrown in as well, Casey proved she is capable of competing in the UFC. Oh, and by the way, she is undefeated, now with a record of 6-0. We very well could have just witnessed the birth of another future contender in the already stacked UFC Women’s Flyweight division!
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