Derrick ‘The Black Beast’ Lewis Estimates That He Got A Million Dollar Punch
Knockout artist Derrick Lewis who was in an absolute war with Alexander Volkov at UFC 229. Volkov arguably dominated most of the fight with just a few seconds left on the clock Lewis landed a massive right hand that knocked out Alexander Volkov. Not only that was the biggest win of his career, but he also took home hefty payday.
‘The Black Beast’ not only pulled a fantastic win at UFC 229 but his post-fight interview gained him lots of fan following. His increased fame has come with benefits, with the Lewis being given a title shot against champion Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden.
During a press conference for UFC 230 on Thursday, Lewis was being asked how much that punch worth it, “The Black Beast” said a lot according to MMAFighting.
“It’s probably a million,” Lewis said. “Probably about a million.”
Of course, after the biggest win of his career, Lewis landed a huge title fight against Cormier and he’ll be making some serious bucks for this fight even more than what he banked in his last fight against Volkov. Lewis took home $260,000 at UFC 226, $320,000 (plus a performance of the night bonus) at UFC 229 and around $300,000 range at UFC Austin (a performance of night bonus included) as Texas Commission doesn’t release guaranteed fight purse information. So, Lewis said he’s taking Cormier’s fight seriously. Though he has less than a month to prepare for this showdown, ‘The Black Beast’ said he’s already in the gym.
“Not just the title on the line, whenever I saw my contract and see the zeroes, I was like, ‘OK, I can start training now,’” Lewis said. “Before, like I told y’all before, I don’t stay in the gym like everyone else does, my opponents. It’s pretty obvious, after the fight I’m laying all over the floor, I’m tired. Ready to go sit my ass down somewhere.
“But this fight right here, I’ve really been training all day long. Drinking more water than I need to be drinking. Really taking it more serious. There’s not gonna be no excuses for myself — win, lose or draw.”
Lewis has gone 9-1 over his last ten fights and warned Cormier that don’t take him easy. Lewis allegedly 100% healthy from his previous showdown, while ‘DC’ is still dealing with his nagging hand injury.
“Not really the UFC, just DC believes that,” said Lewis, who added that he will be 100 percent for the title fight, despite a hard bout against Volkov. “He’s thinking it’s gonna be an easy fight for his self. But go ahead and think that. It’s just crazy that I even made it this far with the type of training I’ve been putting in before each and every fight. I’m serious. I don’t stay in the gym all day like all my opponents do. I stay for 30 minutes, 35 minutes — and five minutes on my phone posting memes and stuff. But this camp right here, I’ve been really at the gym all day long.”
This fight will give Lewis some challenges as his cardio is a caused for concern, while Cormier is known for a cardio machine. Despite all ‘The Black Beast’ is confident going into this fight.
Do you think Derrick Lewis can pull a win over Cormier at UFC 230?