I'm So Happy for Derrick Lewis
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In a huge week of fight announcements and withdrawals, one that stood out to me was that Derrick Lewis got a long-awaited title shot against Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. Truly, this is such a Derrick Lewis way to get a shot, and we will explain why, but I just want to say that Derrick Lewis is getting what he deserves.
Derrick Lewis is a Untitled MMA favorite, as we have written about him on multiple occasions, including his work during Hurricane Harvey, and it is generally accepted he is a good dude. After his victory in the main card of UFC 229, he cut this gem of a promo that BLEW UP on social media, garnering him about half of a million followers on Instagram and thousands of followers on Twitter. This isn’t his first time humoring us in the post-fight interview, but it produced the best moment and it is good to see that the general public is seeing that side of Lewis. Also, it came after an AMAZING comeback win over Alexander Volkov, a fight he was losing on the cards without a doubt. It shows that he is a threat at any point in a fight.
Then it was announced a couple of days ago now that he will be the main event of UFC 230, less than a month later, to fight for the Heavyweight strap against former Olympian Daniel Cormier. DC is one of the most technical guys in the division, undefeated at heavyweight, and has shown to have good cardio in recent years, although at Light Heavyweight. Lewis, however, is the complete opposite. He is announced as a brawler by Bruce Buffer, and it is very true: he throws wildly sometimes. He said in his post-fight interview he needs to do more cardio and, in the lead up to the fight, said the open workout Tony Ferguson did made him tired just watching it. Even with that, this fight is very intriguing.
Cormier is coming off of a KO victory over the greatest UFC Heavyweight champion in the history of the organization, Stipe Miocic. He showed that he is no joke at Heavyweight and that he may be even better in this division without restricting his calories. However, he was knocked out by Jon Jones (although it was overturned to a No Contest due to Jon Jones shenanigans). This shows that he can be cracked, and if anyone can do it, Lewis is the one to do it. He also has that ability to do it at any point in the fight. It was in a third round after he was taking a beating at the hands of Volkov that he handed a THUNDEROUS right hand that stopped the Russian Heavyweight. That is what this fight is going to be about: can Derrick Lewis land the shot to put out DC.
There isn’t a world that Derrick Lewis beats Daniel Cormier in a 5-round decision. It just isn’t possible. Cormier is in many ways just the better fighter. But, Lewis is always a threat for the knockout, and he knows it. It is always dangerous when a fighter knows who he is and what he has to do to win. Along with being a threat for the knockout, he can take a TON of damage. His last loss was a KO loss to Mark Hunt, but before that his last loss, and his last finish, was in 2015.
Again, it needs to be said, I am happy for Derrick Lewis. He has been a joy for hardcore fans, and he is finally getting his name in bright lights and he is being talked about. He is a funny, great dude and this is truly a culmination of hard work put in the octagon. It sounds like Lewis’ smoke session with Joe Rogan will get put on hold, because the Black Beast still has work to do.
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