Derrick Lewis Looking for a Quick Turnaround in a Three Round Bout After Crushing Curtis Blaydes

Published 02/21/2021, 12:10 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 19: Derrick Lewis poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on February 19, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


UFC heavyweight, Derrick Lewis, spoke to the media after his blistering KO win over Curtis Blaydes at UFC Vegas 19. ‘The Black Beast’ landed a devastating uppercut to rob Blaydes’ consciousness and early into the second round. What’s more, the knockout came after ‘Razor’ Blaydes out-landed Lewis 27-3 in the first round and proved that ‘The Black Beast’s’ power is undeniable.

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The heavyweight KO king will now take Curtis Blaydes’ number 2 ranking on the heavyweight shortlist. He’ll move up to be the next in line for a title shot, however, Jon Jones’ presence in the division will probably delay his shot. Lewis has consolidated the notion that he can turn around a fight in record timing despite any stylistic disadvantage.

Derrick Lewis produces another incredible knockout! 💥

The Black Beast scores the second-round finish in emphatic fashion! 💪#UFCVegas19 pic.twitter.com/OfbRWuPZeO

— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) February 21, 2021

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Curtis Blaydes was heavily favored to ground Lewis and dominate him on the ground as he has to others. However, the right hand of ‘The Black Beast’ is often the equalizer that no one seems to consistently predict. With heavyweight KO accolades beginning to pile up, Derrick Lewis will now focus on other aspects of his game.

What’s next for Derrick ‘The Black Beast’ Lewis?

Speaking to the media in attendance, Derrick Lewis revealed via a senior editor at Athletic that Lewis has a three-round contest in mind next. This goes against every predicted route that comes in for Lewis, who has earned a five-round title fight. However, since Lewis prefers a 15-minute fight duration, it seems like he’s prioritizing ease and activity over gold hardware at the moment.

Derrick Lewis wants to fight ASAP: "But I'd like a three-round fight. You know, just 'cause. I don't want five rounds." #UFCVegas19

— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) February 21, 2021

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Derrick Lewis has expressed a clear-cut sentiment to fight Alistair Overeem, who is coming off a loss. Despite that fact, he wants to fight Overeem for certain comments that ‘The Demolition Man’ passed about his game. The bout could be a blockbuster co-main event on any Fight Night card, thus serving Lewis’ preference for three-round fights.

Lewis and Overeem are stand-up fighters at heart, however, ‘The Reem’ may not want to stand and trade with ‘The Black Beast’. The Houston native has shown to possess incredible power, and Overeem’s chin isn’t what it once was. It all comes down to the timeline of the heavyweight title picture to determine which fight is next for Derrick Lewis.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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