Derrick Lewis
The Black Beast


Aiming for 2020 return
March 19, 2020
Lewis told Ariel Helwani of ESPN that he is healthy and hopes to fight later this year.
Lewis showed several new tools in his repertoire his last time out in a Feb. 8 victory over Ilir Latifi, and while no word of an injury surfaced after that fight, it seems he's been at less than 100 percent of late. Nonetheless, it seems "The Black Beast" will be ready to push his winning streak to three after the UFC starts resuming a semi-normal schedule.
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Digs deep to decision Ilir Latifi
February 8, 2020
Lewis defeated Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 247 on Saturday in Houston.
The all-around game is Lewis is evolving right before our very eyes. He attempted about half a dozen flying knees in this fight and landed a few of them. He also displayed good balance along the fence, despite allowing Latifi to land three of six takedown attempts. With the fight seemingly tied at a round a piece and about 90 seconds left in the bout, Lewis went from broke and unleashed several bombs on Latifi. Latifi somehow survived, but that flurry likely won Lewis the fight. Lewis' cardio will also be an issue, as will his grappling, but he is making legitimate strides in both areas. He is likely to continued to be exposed against top-flight competition, but his power combined with some new wrinkles in his game should keep Lewis on the fringes of the title conversation in the heavyweight division. Lewis turned 35 years of age on Friday.
Set to face Ilir Latifi
November 18, 2019
Lewis is lined up to face Ilir Latifi in a heavyweight bout on Feb. 8 in an event which is expected to take place in Houston, reports.
The details of the bout and the card itself haven't been officially confirmed, but Lewis appears set to give the Swede his first taste of heavyweight action. Both fighters are in something of a rough stretch in their careers, with Lewis bouncing back from two straight losses to beat Blagoy Ivanov at UFC 244 in November and Latifi coming off two losses in a row. Latifi is a smaller wrestler who will be moving up a weight class for the first time in an attempt to prolong his career. Lewis typically eschews wrestling, having recorded 10 of his 13 UFC victories by punching his way to a knockout or TKO.
Digs deep to decision Blagoy Ivanov
November 2, 2019
Lewis defeated Blagoy Ivanov via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 244 on Saturday in New York City.
In many aspects, this was a typical Lewis fight. His entire offensive arsenal consisted of bombing massive right hands from the bleachers. Many of them landed, but Lewis still couldn't get Ivanov out of there. On the other hand, this fight was a significant step forward for Lewis because his cardio appeared much improved. Lewis exploded from the bottom to get back to his feet on multiple occasions and that's something we never would have seen from "The Black Beast" in the past. It still wasn't great, but it was better than we have seen recently and Lewis appeared fully healthy. The fact Lewis showed he can win a fight that goes this distance is also a big deal. All in all, it was a pretty strong effort from Lewis on the heels of a brief two-fight losing streak. Lewis's floor is non-existent due to the fact he's so one-dimensional, but he's right there with fellow heavyweight Francis Ngannou in terms of the sport's most terrifying strikers.
Booked for UFC 244
August 1, 2019
Lewis (knee) has been confirmed for a heavyweight matchup against Blagoy Ivanov on Nov. 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Lewis underwent knee surgery in March that was expected to hold him out for a 4-to-6 months, and a November bout would land well beyond that timeframe. Lewis is coming off of two straight losses for the first time in his extensive MMA career and takes on a fighter in Ivanov who is riding a two-match winning streak after losing his debut to Junior Dos Santos. The story in this fight will be similar to most Lewis fights. "The Black Beast" brings tons of power into the cage, while Ivanov is probably the more technical striker. Lewis has been known to run out of gas in the later rounds at times, so his best bet is to get the early finish, as Ivanov has already accumulated 45 minutes of Octagon time in three UFC bouts.
Fight in works for UFC 244
July 31, 2019
A fight is in the works for Lewis to take on Blagoy Ivanov at UFC 244 in New York at Madison Square Garden, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Nothing is set in stone yet, but the bout would be his first since undergoing ACL surgery in March. It would be a relatively quick return for Lewis given the severity of the injury. If the fight comes to fruition it would come nearly a year after he lost a title fight in the same building to Junior Dos Santos. Expect an update once more clarity on the match comes to light.