Why Is UFC Heavyweight Derrick Lewis Called ‘The Black Beast’?

Published 08/05/2021, 9:39 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 08: Derrick Lewis reacts after his knockout over Aleksei Oleinik of Russia 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)


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, fans are really excited to see who comes out on top and becomes the champion. Lewis is coming into the fight on the back of 4 consecutive victories and would love to continue this momentum.

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Lewis is often touted as one of the hardest strikers in UFC. The fighter is the joint record holder for most wins by KO in UFC history. In his last 2 fights, Lewis defeated Curtis Blaydes and Aleksi Oleinik via 2nd round KO/TKO. Therefore, people are expecting him to do something similar this time around as well.

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Lewis is an MMA legend and has competed in 33 MMA fights up till now. Throughout his career, one thing apart from the striking abilities that fans love him for is his unique nickname. Lewis is famously called ‘The Black Beast’ by his fans and this started back in 2010. The first real instance when Lewis was called ‘The Black Beast’ was in 2010 after he defeated Nick Mitchell via a 2nd round TKO.

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Ever since then, the moniker has stuck with Lewis. While there is little information as to why or if Derrick Lewis actually chose this as his nickname. One thing is sure, that the nickname suits Lewis completely. A nickname is often used to describe the fighter’s personality and Lewis certainly does that, as he is no less than a beast when inside the Octagon.

Derrick Lewis reveals the reason behind his famous gorilla celebration

The other thing that strikes everyone when Lewis wins a fight is his gorilla celebration. And Lewis had revealed that the reason behind his celebration was his nickname ‘The Black Beast’.

During a video put out by the UFC, the fighter talked about the same. He said, “They call me the Black Beast, so basically, that’s why I beat on my chest like a gorilla and I do a little stare or whatever. Like a gorilla pose, a beast staring at prey, and I slit my throat.”

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Whether or not he came up with it, Lewis has clearly accepted ‘The Black Beast’ as his nickname. The fighter has also lived up to his nickname and has often performed like a beast inside the Octagon.

Coming into his latest fight against Gane, Lewis has talked about how this time, we won’t see Derrick Lewis, but ‘The Black Beast’ inside the ring. And we as fans can’t wait for that to happen.

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Do you think the nickname ‘The Black Beast’ suits Derrick Lewis? Let us know in the comments.

 

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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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