Headlining the promotion’s final event of the year; a high-stakes heavyweight clash between recent interim title challenger, the #3 ranked contender, Derrick Lewis, and surging division challenger, the #7 rated, Chris Daukaus.
Taking main event honors for his fourth consecutive event, Lewis, the promotion’s most prolific knockout artist at heavyweight, looks to rebound to the winner’s enclosure against Daukaus following a rather one-sided ground strikes knockout defeat to the undefeated, Ciryl Gane in the main event of UFC 265 in August. The win earned Gane interim heavyweight title spoils.
26-8(1) as a professional, New Orleans-born heavyweight knockout ace, Lewis had amassed an eye-catching four-fight winning streak prior to his loss against Gane, including a pair of decision wins over both Blagoy Ivanov, and Ilir Latifi, before knockout wins over Aleksei Oleinik, and a particularly massive uppercut finish over Curtis Blaydes back in February.
Prominent finisher, Daukaus, the elder brother of UFC welterweight, Kyle Daukaus recently left his role as a police officer in Philadelphia to pursue fighting on a full-time basis, and looks to lodge the biggest victory of his eight year professional run with a win over Lewis.
12-3 as a professional, Daukaus, who has scored 11 knockout wins in the process, has begun his UFC tenure with a quintet of knockout wins over Parker Porter, Rodrigo Nascimento, as well as common-foes, Oleinik, and a stunning finish over Shamil Abdurakhimov back at UFC 266 in September.
UFC Vegas 45: Lewis vs. Daukaus Results
UFC Vegas 45 – Main Card: (ESPN+ 7 p.m. ET)
Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis def. Chris Daukaus via first round (3:36) KO (strikes)
Welterweight: Belal Muhammad def. Stephen Thompson via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-36, 30-36)
Strawweight: Amanda Lemos def. Angela Hill via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Ricky Simon def. Raphael Assuncao via second round (2:14) KO (strikes)
Lighweight: Mateusz Gamrot def. Diego Ferreira via second round (3:26) TKO (knee)
Featherweight: Cub Swanson def. Darren Elkins via first round (2:12) TKO (high kick and strikes)
UFC Vegas 45 – Preliminary Card: (ESPN+ 5 p.m. ET)
Middleweight: Gerald Meerschaert def. Dustin Stolzfus via third round (2:59) submission (rear-naked choke)
Catchweight (267lbs): Justin Tafa def. Harry Hunsucker via first round (1:54) TKO (high kick)
Catchweight (127.5lbs): Melissa Gato def. Sijara Eubanks via third round (0:25) TKO (body kick)
Featherweight: Charles Jourdain def. Andre Ewell via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)
Catchweight (148.5lbs): Raquel Pennington def. Macy Chiasson via second round (3:07) submission (front choke)
Heavyweight: Don’Tale Mayes def. Josh Parisian via third round (3:26) TKO (ground strikes)
Lightweight: Jordan Leavitt def. Matt Sayles via second round (2:05) submission (inverted triangle)