Derrick Lewis
The Black Beast

USA

Out
Injury Hand
Est. Return 8/20/2021
Could miss six months
HeavyweightUFC
Out
February 23, 2021
Lewis was handed a six-month medical suspension Tuesday, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Gets massive KO win in headliner
HeavyweightUFC
Out
February 20, 2021
Lewis defeated Curtis Blaydes via KO (punch) at 3:41 of Round 2 at UFC Vegas 19 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
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
HeavyweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
New date set for Blaydes fight
HeavyweightUFC
Out
January 4, 2021
Lewis and Curtis Blaydes will square off on Feb. 20, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The pair were originally set to face each other in late November, but Blaydes tested positive for COVID-19 on the eve of the fight, forcing a postponement. The highly-anticipated fight will now go forward in February, headlining a card which will take place in Las Vegas.
Matchup with Blaydes canceled
HeavyweightUFC
Out
November 27, 2020
Lewis won't face Curtis Blaydes in the heavyweight matchup at the UFC event Saturday after Blaydes tested positive for COVID-19, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The two fighters were set to headline Saturday's card with the heavyweight bout, but the positive COVID-19 result forced a cancelation. It's possible UFC reschedules Lewis and Blaydes to face each other during December, but it remains to be seen if a deal is reached.
Will headline in November
HeavyweightUFC
Out
August 18, 2020
Lewis will face Curtis Blaydes in a heavyweight matchup in the main event of the UFC card scheduled for November 28, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Lewis will coming off his third straight win back on August 8 against Aleksei Oleinik, and this falls roughly in line with the timeline for return he gave in his post-fight interview. Blaydes also scored a win in his last time out in the form of a unanimous decision victory over Alexander Volkov. While both men have stopping power in their hands, the real difference here will likely land in the grappling game. Blaydes attempts takedowns at a relentlessly high pace, registering 6.98 per 15 minutes of fight time. On the other hand, Lewis only defends takedowns at a well-below-average rate of 53 percent. "The Black Beast" is often able to use his sheer size to get right back to his feet, but that may not be the case against Blaydes, who weighs in at the top end of the heavyweight limit as well. It's not a great matchup for Lewis, and one he will likely enter as the betting underdog for.