Derrick Lewis def.
His opponent, former light heavyweight contender Ilir Latifi, put up a good fight, but “The Black Beast” fired enough of his patented heavy artillery to earn the judges’ favor.
With this win, Lewis built on the momentum of a similarly grueling victory over Blagoi Ivanov, and further separated himself from a pair of stoppage losses to former champions Junior dos Santos and Daniel Cormier.
Under ordinary circumstances, Blaydes probably would have earned a title shot with his consecutive wins over Justin Willis, Shamil Abdurakhimov and dos Santos, but with Daniel Cormier and Francis Ngannou ahead of him in the race for a crack at the champion Stipe Miocic, he likely has a bit more work to do.
A fight with Lewis makes all the sense in the world to that end.