‘It Changed Everything’- Derrick Lewis Opens Up on His Loss to Daniel Cormier in His First UFC Title Fight

Published 08/03/2021, 9:53 AM EDT


Derrick Lewis is all set to face Ciryl Gane at the UFC 265 event. This fight will be for the interim UFC Heavyweight championship, therefore both fighters would give it their all to win the title. Lewis last competed in the Octagon back at UFC Vegas 19, ‘The Black Beast’ faced Curtis Blaydes and won via a second-round KO.

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This was Lewis’s fourth consecutive victory, earning him the title shot. However, as Ngannou wasn’t available to fight in August, a fight with Gane for the interim title was set. Lewis had earlier competed for the UFC title when he faced Daniel Cormier at the UFC 230 event.

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‘The Black Beast’ ended up losing that fight to DC via a 2nd round submission. However, in a recent video put out by the UFC, Lewis talked about how that night changed everything. He said, “The title shot that I had against DC, really changed everything. I mean I went to have knee surgery right after that fight and everything has been a 100% ever since.”

Following his defeat to Cormier, Lewis went and had his knee surgery. Because of the same, the fighter changed, as he became more agile and confident. Lewis became much quicker and started trusting his body to do what he wanted to.

The difference was quite clear as although Lewis lost the next fight to Junior dos Santos via a 2nd round TKO. He completely changed as a fighter following that fight as he was much quicker and confident and won his next 4 fights.

What to expect from the fight between Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane?

Derrick Lewis is arguably the hardest striker in UFC history, ‘The Black Beast’ holds the record for most KOs in UFC Heavyweight history. Therefore, coming into this fight, many would expect Lewis to show his striking prowess.

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However, Lewis’s opponent Ciryl Gane is no pushover and is undefeated across his MMA and Kickboxing career. Gane is a well-rounded fighter having won 3 of his fights via KO, 3 via submission, and 3 via decision.

Therefore, whatever the result of this fight may be, when these two talented fighters enter the Octagon, it is sure to be a treat for all MMA fans to watch.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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