“People Aren’t Taking Me Serious”: Derrick Lewis Expresses Disappointment in UFC Fans Ahead of Return Fight

Published 01/25/2023, 3:40 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 18: Derrick Lewis celebrates after his knockout victory over Chris Daukaus in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on December 18, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Derrick Lewis is on a two-fight losing streak. He has fallen to the likes of Sergei Pavlovich and Tai Tuivasa in his last two trips to the octagon. ‘The Black Beast’ will look to avoid a third consecutive defeat when he enters the cage against Sergey Spivak at UFC Vegas 68 on February 4. Going into the fight, the former UFC heavyweight title challenger felt fans were not giving him enough attention. He commented on this ahead of his first bout of 2023.

Talking to the media, Lewis was open about how he felt about his prospects and the support of his fans. He said, “I know everybody is looking at me with one eye right now like, ‘Um, I don’t know,’ so I’m gonna go out there and show them that I’m still that guy.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 08: Derrick Lewis prepares to fight Aleksei Oleinik in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 08, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

‘The Black Beast’ further added, “It’s crazy because now I feel like while I’ve been taking my training camp serious, people aren’t taking me serious.” 

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Derrick Lewis is missing the feeling of winning in the octagon

Derrick Lewis certainly seems in the zone and is leaving no stones unturned to ensure he gets his arm raised for the first time since 2021. Talking about his preparations, the Texan said, “It’s a great feeling going to the gym now. I’m not getting sick of doing my training regimen. I’m real happy about even going to training now.”

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)

The #7 ranked UFC heavyweight expressed how he wanted to win and was waiting for his hands to be raised in the ring.

I got addicted to winning, I’m winning in life, but I also want to win in the Octagon, as well. I miss that feeling — it’s almost been a year since I had that feeling, had that sensation, so that’s what I’m chasing right now is being a winner.”

The former title challenger’s last win came against Chris Daukaus in 2021. He won the first in the opening round and set the UFC record for most knockouts. Now, almost 14 months on, he will look to extend that record.

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Lewis will try to get back to winning ways at UFC Vegas 68

Derrick Lewis may have lost his last two fights, but he certainly looks ready to change things. The power-punching fighter would like to get back to winning ways when he battles Moldovan heavyweight Sergey Spivak in the UFC Fight Night headliner.

While ‘The Black Beast’ will look to make one final march to the top, it will be easier said than done against a hungry opponent who will be looking to make his name at the veteran’s expense.

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It remains a mystery as to who will make a mark when the fighters get in the cage. Will Lewis’ pre-fight confidence help him turn things around against Spivak? Let us know.

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Akshay Pallav

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Akshay Pallav is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his undergraduation from National Institute of Fashion Technology in Apparel Production, he has been a sports enthusiast all his life and has several medals at the University level across multiple sports including basketball, badminton, track and field. He aspires to interview Conor McGregor and Cristiano Ronaldo someday.

Edited By: Vineet Nandwana

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