‘That Fight Still Haunts Me’- Derrick Lewis Is Not Satisfied With His First Fight Against Francis Ngannou

Published 08/03/2021, 10:07 AM EDT

Derrick Lewis has been in the UFC’s heavyweight division since April 2019. During the time that he has been in the UFC, he has faced the very best at heavyweight and has more often than not stopped them in devastating fashion. Add to that his personality and wit on the microphone and you can figure out why he is such a fan favorite in the UFC. 


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This weekend against Ciryl Gane, ‘The Black Beast’ gets his second shot at UFC gold. His first fight for UFC gold was at UFC 230 against Daniel Cormier. ‘DC’ stopped Lewis in round three to retain his belt. If ‘The Black Beast’ were to win the fight this weekend he would set up a rematch against an old foe in Francis Ngannou

Ahead of the fight, he shared his thoughts on his first fight with ‘The Predator’. He said, “That fight right there still haunts me to this day. I was not satisfied with it.I am not satisfied with none of my fights that go to a decision. Usually, I am in exciting fights. Imma touch you a few times and that be it. I will get the win.” 

‘The Black Beast’ continued, “The fight with Ngannou looked different than any of my other fights because I was not 100%. I learned that I really gotta come in there healthy”


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Derrick Lewis vs Ciryl Gane will be a fight for the ages for the heavyweight strap at UFC 265 

The Black Beast’ is tied for the most T/KO wins in the UFC along with Matt Brown at 12 apiece. Derrick Lewis aims to separate himself from the rest with his 13th T/KO win this weekend. He will be taking on an undefeated fighter in ‘Bon Gamin’ 

This will be easier said than done given Gane is a long rangy fighter who uses his reach well to avoid haymakers. He will most likely want to pick apart Lewis while staying as far away from the right hand as possible. ‘The Black Beast’ on the other hand, will be aiming to close the distance and land his right hand which can flatline anyone in the UFC.

What do you make of Lewis’ fight this weekend? Do you think he can secure the win and secure a rematch against Ngannou? Let us know in the comments below!



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