Derrick Lewis

The Black Beast

USA

Expected to fight Pavlovich
HeavyweightUFC
April 27, 2022
Lewis is expected to take on Sergei Pavlovich at the UFC event July 30, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lewis is coming off a knockout loss is February against Tai Tuivasa. He was the clear favorite and it means that he has lost two of his last three fights. The 37-year-old needs to show something in July if he wants to get another shot at a belt.
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Can't close show in Houston
HeavyweightUFC
February 12, 2022
Lewis lost to Tai Tuivasa via KO (elbow) at 1:40 of Round 2 at UFC 271 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
Much like Derek Brunson in the bout before this one, this is a career-defining defeat for Lewis. Entering as a healthy -190 favorite, Lewis did exactly what everyone expected from him and threw everything but the kitchen sink at Tuivasa. He also surprised many by landing a pair of successful takedowns in the bout. Lewis appeared to have multiple opportunities to earn the stoppage win, but Tuivasa somehow ate countless shots that would have put down any mere mortal. In short, the fight played out the way many expected it to but Lewis wasn't able to close the show. "The Black Beast" turned 37 years of age in early February and has lost two of his past three bouts. Lewis' immense popularity will result in him continuing to receive high-profile bouts and big paydays, but this may have been the defeat which ended Lewis' hopes of earning another UFC Heavyweight Championship opportunity.
Expected to face Tai Tuivasa
HeavyweightUFC
January 7, 2022
Lewis is expected to take on Tai Tuivasa at UFC 271 in Houston on Feb. 12, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lewis had said in the past that he no longer wanted to fight in his hometown, but it looks as though he's changed his mind. He lost a fight for the interim heavyweight title against Gane in Houston in August of last year but bounced back with a first-round knockout victory over Chris Daukaus in December, giving him five wins in his last six fights. His opponent, Tuivasa, has won four straight fights, taking a total of five rounds to do so.
Adds another knockout to collection
HeavyweightUFC
December 18, 2021
Lewis defeated Chris Daukaus via KO (punches) at 3:36 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Lewis continues to go about his business, headlining shows, getting nice paychecks and knocking dudes out. Daukaus was his latest victim after the two men spent the first couple minutes feeling each other out. Lewis ate a few too many leg kicks in the early going, but once he trapped Daukaus along the fence during an exchange, the latter was finished. We all know Lewis offers nothing in the grappling department and has questionable cardio, but the power remains elite and gives Lewis a chance each and every time he steps into the Octagon. "The Black Beast" is highly unlikely to ever get another title shot in the UFC, but stranger things have happened. Lewis remains an extremely valuable asset for the company whether he's involved in the championship picture or not.
Taking on Daukaus
HeavyweightUFC
September 28, 2021
Lewis will face Chris Daukaus in a heavyweight bout at the UFC event Dec. 18, MMAJunkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Lewis is hoping to bounce back from a poor showing in the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship in early August against Ciryl Gane. Lewis is facing one of the rising heavyweights in Daukaus who has won his last five bouts and 10 of his last 11 overall.
Again fails in quest for UFC gold
HeavyweightUFC
August 7, 2021
Lewis came up short in his quest for the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Ciryl Gane via TKO (punches) at 4:11 of Round 3 at UFC 265 in Houston.
ANALYSIS
It's difficult to envision how this fight could have gone any worse for Lewis outside of being knocked out in the opening seconds. Fighting for UFC gold for the second time in front of family and friends in his native Houston, Lewis was routed from bell to bell. The inactivity was eerily reminiscent to Lewis' fight against Francis Ngannou back in July 2018. He only managed to land 16 strikes the entire bout. The difference in that bout is that Ngannou did even less, and Lewis walked away with a decision. Lewis has had a whole bunch of success in this sport and clearly possesses the power to knock any man in the world out in an instant, but he's a 36-year-old, one-dimensional brawler who has zero chance of winning if those power shots aren't landing. The odds are strongly against Lewis ever getting an opportunity like this again.