“I got heart”
It’s something Derrick Lewis preaches when he’s being interviewed. And with that motto, Lewis was able to pull off one of the biggest upsets in recent UFC years, as he knocked out Alexander Volkov at UFC 229 on October 6. Volkov was beating Lewis pretty badly until Lewis was able to hit Volkov with the knockout punch.
Lewis got away with a fortunate win, but it’s going to be a lot more difficult to defeat the number one ranked pound-for-pound fighter in UFC and current heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. Both athletes have 21 wins, however Lewis has five losses and Cormier only has one loss, which that was to Jon Jones.
Lewis and Cormier both have minimal time to prepare for their fight at Madison Square Garden, with it being on November 3. Both fighters admitted themselves in interviews that they aren’t in the greatest shape, and there are health concerns from the New York State Athletic Commission, where Cormier is rumored to have not yet recovered from a broken finger, and Lewis is challenging a health suspension from the state of Nevada. Maybe Lewis can use Cormier’s possible injury as an advantage in this fight, and could also use his size as an advantage too as he weighs 260 pounds while Cormier weighs 235 pounds according to the UFC.
Regardless of the outcome, the fight should be entertaining to see. Cormier and Lewis have no beef with each other and are more friends than enemies. Lewis really only agreed to fight Cormier because “the UFC threw money at me like I was a stripper” according to Lewis. It was expected current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar would fight Cormier for the heavyweight title instead of Lewis at UFC 230 but things didn’t go as planned. Lewis happens to be a very entertaining person outside the ring and especially on social media as well.
You can watch Cormier vs Lewis on the UFC 230 Pay-Per-View on November 3.