Derrick Lewis Imitates WWE Superstar Triple H After His Brutal KO Against Curtis Blaydes at UFC Vegas 19

Published 02/21/2021, 8:12 AM EST


Derrick Lewis is the talk of the town after an impressive knockout victory over Curtis Blaydes at UFC Vegas 19 last night. However, he’s not in the limelight only because of his brutal KO victory, but also for the antics that followed.

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Derrick Lewis channels his inner Triple H

It is no secret that ‘The Black Beast‘ is a lifelong WWE fan. Every time he knocks out his opponent, we see him do the trademark Randy Orton RKO taunt followed by The Undertaker’s throat slice taunt.

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Last night, though, Lewis added another taunt in his arsenal – Triple H‘s ‘S*ck it’ gesture.
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Feb 19, 2017; Halifax, NS, Canada; Derrick Lewis (red gloves) reacts after defeating Travis Browne (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Scotiabank Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Lewis knocked out Curtis Blaydes with a vicious uppercut. To seal his victory, Lewis followed up with two more punches.
When asked why he dropped those extra punches, Lewis made a wrestling reference again, joking what if [Blaydes] got up like The Undertaker?
In a post-match interview, Michael Bisping asked Lewis who he’d like to face next – Jon Jones, Stipe Miocic, or Francis Ngannou? Derrick Lewis immediately took Miocic’s name and said, “I like them wrestlers,” referencing Miocic’s early wrestling background.
There is no doubt ‘The Black Beast’ likes wrestlers. In fact, he has even shown an interest in joining WWE once he hangs up his MMA boots.
Ken Shamrock, Brock Lesnar, and Bobby Lashley are a few names that tasted success in both WWE and MMA/UFC. Will it be the same for Lewis? Only time will tell.

Stone Cold Steve Austin already believes Lewis could do well in WWE

In an interview with Marc Raimondi of ESPN in 2019, Stone Cold had shared which UFC fighters he thinks would do well in the WWE. He said, “Well, Francis Ngannou. Derrick Lewis. I think Ngannou would scare everybody to death.

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“Derrick Lewis is so funny and likable. And he’s such a personality. He’s just this gigantic guy. I think there’s a couple guys there, and I’m not even thinking about the lighter guys. But those guys [Lewis and Ngannou] jump into mind immediately,” Austin continued.
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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 Black Beast’ Derrick Lewis is 36 and definitely has a lot of UFC Fights under his belt. We’re sure whenever Lewis retires, he will make a mark in the WWE. Who knows, it might happen in a couple years, and we actually get to see Brock Lesnar vs Derrick Lewis in a WWE ring!

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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