‘13 Years Since the Day I Got Out of Prison’- Derrick Lewis Explains What Went Wrong in His UFC Fight Against Ciryl Gane

Published 12/16/2021, 6:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 20: Derrick Lewis reacts after his knockout victory over Curtis Blaydes in a heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Derrick Lewis is one of the toughest and most entertaining fighters in the UFC. He is currently the number 3 ranked heavyweight and was last seen at UFC 265. ‘The Black Beast’ always puts on a show for his fans inside and outside the octagon. However, during his last fight for the interim UFC heavyweight title, he looked like a frustrated guy. His performance was not up to his usual standards, and he had no problem admitting that.

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According to Derrick Lewis, the nerves got the better of him, and he even revealed the reason.

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In the lead-up to his next fight, he talked about it and said, “Yeah, I was frustrated that fight. Man, it was just overwhelming fighting in my hometown, all that pressure I had on me. I put all that pressure on myself, you know? It would have been 13 years since the day I got out of prison, and winning the title for the UFC heavyweight champion, it would have just—I put so much pressure on myself. It was just very nerve-racking.”

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Lewis spent three-and-half years in prison. It was after being released from prison that he turned to MMA and made it a career. He also learned to box under the tutelage of George Foreman.

Derrick Lewis wants to keep fighting in Houston

Despite the lackluster performance last time, Lewis wants to keep fighting in Houston. While talking to the media, he said, “I would like to keep fighting in Houston. I love fighting in Houston. It was just that day. I just put so much pressure on myself, you know, so it is what it is.”

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Lewis went up against Ciryl Gane at UFC 265 and got dominated. He could land only 16 significant strikes throughout the fight and lost via TKO in the third round. It was a one-sided affair and ‘The Black Beast’ didn’t seem like himself in the fight. However, it was important for him to get back inside the octagon as soon as possible.

He will take on Chris Daukaus at UFC Fight Night 199 in Las Vegas. Derrick Lewis would want to get back to winning ways and fight for the title again.

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Daukaus signed with the UFC just last year and is on a four-fight winning streak in the promotion. He also has serious knockout power, just like Lewis, and has won 11 of his 12 fights via knockout. Hence, it is a fight that is guaranteed to have fireworks.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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