Derrick Lewis has just inked a fresh deal with the UFC, following his contract completion at UFC 291 in Salt Lake City.
Known affectionately as “The Black Beast,” Derrick Lewis, a former title contender and adored by fans, stepped into his UFC 291 clash with Marcos Rogério de Lima amidst an unusual challenge – a three-fight losing streak, a first in his career, marked by consecutive stoppages.
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Originally slated for the preliminary card, the heavyweight showdown was elevated to the UFC 291 main card due to the cancellation of the welterweight bout between Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Michel Pereira. Seizing the moment under the spotlight, Lewis showcased his power, swiftly finishing de Lima with a flying knee and rapid follow-up strikes, achieving the knockout victory in just 33 seconds.
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Following his triumphant victory, the 38-year-old openly shared that this particular performance signaled the conclusion of his ongoing UFC contract. Amidst a short period of speculation about the possibility of exploring free agency, it appears that “The Black Beast” has decided to remain rooted within the realm of the sport’s premier promotion, continuing to showcase his skills.
Not only did he break his three-fight losing streak, but his knockout victory over de Lima also propelled Lewis once again into holding the UFC’s all-time knockout record solely, as Matt Brown had previously equaled his mark of 13 knockouts earlier this year.
While it might be a bit of a stretch for the 38-year-old to make another charge at the heavyweight title, considering the surge of young talent emerging in the division, fans can certainly anticipate Lewis racking up a few more knockout wins. And, of course, they’ll eagerly await his trademark vibrant post-fight interviews, which have played a significant role in cementing his popularity among viewers.