UFC Vegas 64 results, highlights: Amanda Lemos blasts Marina Rodriguez for third-round knockout

Amanda Lemos took full advantage of their main event slot at UFC Vegas 64 by knocking out a potential No. 1 contender for the Strawweight Championship.

A notable power puncher, Lemos was swinging hammers at Marina Rodriguez throughout the fight, but the biggest blow came with a staring right hand early in the third round. Rodriguez was immediately shaken by the punch and it gave Lemos the opening she needed to rush in with a barrage of back-to-back punches.

With Rodriguez pinned against the cage and eating punches unanswered, referee Jason Herzog had no choice but to save her from further damage with the end just 54 seconds into the third round.

“We worked so hard,” Lemos said afterwards. “She always leaves that back hand there and I said we were going to meet her in the middle. That was the strategy.

“When I hit her, her legs started to wobble a bit. I didn’t think twice. I was going to end the fight right there.

A slow start with the Strawweights hesitant to really engage on the feet actually gave way to grappling exchanges in round two, which allowed Lemos to overpower Rodriguez on the ground.

As soon as the fight hit the canvas, Lemos quickly took the back and almost rolled up a neck crank and then a rear naked choke, but Rodriguez was able to free himself to survive. Lemos continued to attack as she took control while crushing Rodriguez with short but powerful punches to the head and body.

Then, at the start of the third round, Lemos was surging forward and that’s when she threw a perfectly timed right hook that caught Rodriguez in the head. Rodriguez took a step back and seemed to lose her balance, which gave Lemos the opening she needed to finish.

Lemos immediately launched a flying knee followed by quick punches from all angles as Rodriguez just ate punishment without offering any kind of resistance. When the referee stopped the fight, Rodriguez appeared to throw her hands up in protest, but replays showed her taking multiple punches with no attempt to stop Lemos from blasting her with more.

Victory moves Lemos to 7-1 in their last eight fights with their only loss in a submission to the former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade. With this performance, Lemos hopes she gets the call to maybe help UFC 281 next week, when the strawweight title is up for grabs in the co-main event between Carla Esparza and Zhang Weill.

“Dana [White], I’m already here,” Lemos shouted. “Enforce me for the title fight in New York.”

As for Rodriguez, her four-fight winning streak is ending in disappointing fashion as she will now have to start working her way back up the ranks in hopes that she can eventually compete for UFC gold one day.

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Strong points

Darrick Miner suffers from a knee injury, Shayilan Nuerdanbieke ends in a barrage of elbows

A knee injury suffered by Darrick Minner allowed Shayilan Nuerdanbieke to land a quick first-round TKO finish in just 67 seconds.

The fight ended after Minner landed a kick to the body and when he planted his leg on the canvas, he grabbed his knee and started limping around the cage. Nuerdanbieke wasted no time attacking Minner as the featherweights crashed to the canvas.

With Minner on his back, Nuerdanbieke began to explode with punches and elbows until the referee had no choice but to stop the fight. Nuerdanbieke has now won three straight as he improves to 39-10 overall in his career with a 3-1 resume in the UFC.

Tagir Ulanbekov put Nate Maness away with a mean guillotine standing

Tagir Ulanbekov gave Nate Maness a rude welcome to the flyweight division at UFC Vegas 64.

After a few exchanges on the feet to start the fight, Ulanbekov closed the distance to get a takedown on Maness before a scramble allowed him to snatch the guillotine choke.

Ulanbekov backed Maness against the cage and just tightened the submission while almost lifting him off the ground as he tried to finish. Maness did his best to resist the standing guillotine choke, but alas there was no escape as he was eventually forced to strike.

The win puts Ulanbekov back on track after losing a controversial decision to Tim Elliot in his last outing, which was his only loss in the UFC.

Grant Dawson dominates then taps Mark O. Madsen

In the main card opener, Grant Dawson made quite a statement with a submission victory over previously undefeated lightweight Mark O. Madsen.

Dawson survived an early knockdown before getting behind Madsen’s back throughout the opening round, which paved the way for him to victory. Once Dawson realized he could beat the Olympic silver medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling, he kept coming back to that game plan again and again.

After dragging Madsen to the canvas several times, Dawson kept busy with the ground and hitting her while also working for submission attempts. With five minutes left, Dawson nearly scored a standing knockout after blasting Madsen with calf kicks that knocked the Danish fighter to the canvas.

From there, Dawson shredded Madsen’s defense before locking up the fight ending the rear naked choke that helped him secure the win. Dawson is now 7-0-1 in eight UFC fights and after he called for a future showdown against Tony Ferguson as he looks to continue his rise through the lightweight ranks.

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