Derrick Lewis

The Black Beast


Taking on Daukaus
September 28, 2021
Lewis will face Chris Daukaus in a heavyweight bout at the UFC event Dec. 18, MMAJunkie reports.
Lewis is hoping to bounce back from a poor showing in the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship in early August against Ciryl Gane. Lewis is facing one of the rising heavyweights in Daukaus who has won his last five bouts and 10 of his last 11 overall.
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Again fails in quest for UFC gold
August 7, 2021
Lewis came up short in his quest for the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Ciryl Gane via TKO (punches) at 4:11 of Round 3 at UFC 265 in Houston.
It's difficult to envision how this fight could have gone any worse for Lewis outside of being knocked out in the opening seconds. Fighting for UFC gold for the second time in front of family and friends in his native Houston, Lewis was routed from bell to bell. The inactivity was eerily reminiscent to Lewis' fight against Francis Ngannou back in July 2018. He only managed to land 16 strikes the entire bout. The difference in that bout is that Ngannou did even less, and Lewis walked away with a decision. Lewis has had a whole bunch of success in this sport and clearly possesses the power to knock any man in the world out in an instant, but he's a 36-year-old, one-dimensional brawler who has zero chance of winning if those power shots aren't landing. The odds are strongly against Lewis ever getting an opportunity like this again.
Facing Gane in interim title fight
June 28, 2021
Lewis will take on Ciryl Gane in an interim heavyweight title fight at UFC 265 on August 7, Brett Okamoto of reports.
This comes after Francis Ngannou was unavailable to defend his title in June or August, but the UFC felt that Lewis and Gane were deserving of a title fight now. Lewis is coming off a knockout of Curtis Blaydes back in mid-February. That was Lewis' fourth straight victory. Gane defeated Alexander Volkov by unanimous decision just last weekend.
Could miss six months
February 23, 2021
Lewis was handed a six-month medical suspension Tuesday, reports.
Lewis knocked Curtis Blaydes out in the second round on Saturday but suffered injuries to his right hand and wrist in the process. He won't be able to fight again until late August unless cleared by a doctor.
Gets massive KO win in headliner
February 20, 2021
Lewis defeated Curtis Blaydes via KO (punch) at 3:41 of Round 2 at UFC Vegas 19 on Saturday.
It was a slow-paced fight in the early going. After losing Round 1, Lewis timed an uppercut perfectly, which landed on Blaydes' chin upon a takedown entry. He landed several devastating follow-up shots before referee Herb Dean was able to intervene. Lewis adds another KO victory to his long resume, and is now in sole possession of the all-time heavyweight knockout record. Lewis can make a case for a title shot after Francis Ngannou and Stipe Miocic have their rematch at UFC 260 on March 27. In the meantime, Lewis will walk away with one of four $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses as well.
Sizable underdog against Blaydes
February 15, 2021
Lewis enters fight week as approximately a (+300) betting underdog for his heavyweight matchup against Curtis Blaydes on Saturday at UFC Vegas 19 on Saturday.
Lewis enters this matchup on a three-fight winning streak and would place himself right back in the title conversation with a win over one of the divisions top-ranked contenders. The main issue is that Blaydes is a massive step up from any opponent Lewis faced during that stretch, and Lewis defends takedowns at just a 52 percent clip. Offensive wrestling is the biggest strength Blaydes carries into this fight, and while Lewis has been able to get back to his feet based on size and power alone in the past, that may not be the case against a contender like Blaydes who rivals him in size and strength. For Lewis to pull the upset, he'll need to keep the fight on the feet and land with some of his patented power shots. Blaydes hasn't been knocked out by anyone other than Francis Ngannou over his 12 appearances in the UFC, so connecting on the feet could very well be easier said than done.