Derrick Lewis intends to win heavyweight title for Houston at UFC 265 (2:03)Derrick Lewis claims he prepares to defeat Ciryl Gane as well as win the heavyweight title for his home town of Houston at UFC 265. (2:03)

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It was Oct. 6, 2018, at T-Mobile Field in Las Vega. Derrick Lewis was shedding severely, on the brink of among the most awful losses of his profession.

Six-foot-7 Russian heavyweight Alexander Volkov was secs far from success. To include disrespect to prominence, Volkov was speaking garbage midfight. When Lewis" cornermen were informing him to "go" and also toss even more strikes, Volkov would certainly simulated them, stating "Go, Derrick! Go!" while he landed shots of his very own.

Yet with 11 secs left, Lewis had the last word. He strolled Volkov down and also landed a searing left-jab, overhand-right mix. Volkov"s head broken back, and also he was up to the canvas. Lewis completed with strikes on the ground as the umpire quit the battle. Lewis, that calls himself "The Black Monster," had actually taken out an additional come-from-behind triumph.


The acting UFC heavyweight title gets on the line generally occasion of UFC 265, as proficient Derrick Lewis handles climbing celebrity Ciryl Gane.

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was teasing me that entire battle," Lewis informed "He was attempting to ridicule my instructors. As soon as I struck him, as well as the method I did it and also every little thing, it was much like, excellent.

"I ultimately got up at the end of the battle. I became Monster setting, or whatever, at the end of the battle as well as determined, "OK, I desire this contest with." As well as I wound up finishing the battle."

Keeping that win, Lewis made the very first title shot of his job, which he shed to Daniel Cormier at UFC 230 in November 2018.

On Saturday, Lewis will certainly obtain an additional chance at a belt. He"ll combat the promising Ciryl Gane generally occasion of UFC 265 in Lewis" embraced home town of Houston for the acting heavyweight champion. The card is constructed around Lewis, which reveals his advancement not just as a competitor yet likewise as a preferred number in combined fighting styles.

Along the road, Lewis has actually created a faithful adhering to with his self-deprecating wit as well as a capability to rally from impending loss to knock enemies subconscious. Lewis has 4 kos in the 3rd round or later on, as well as he has 3 KOs when having an unfavorable strike differential. His 12 KOs/TKOs are connected with Vitor Belfort as well as Matt Brown for the most in UFC background, and also he is the all-time leader for kos in UFC heavyweight background.

"I such as to knock individuals out," Lewis stated. "I obtain a high off of it. It"s a wonderful sensation. ... It"s like the very best sensation on the planet."

His challengers explain exactly how Lewis" strikes really feel various as well as exactly how stunned they are that a 6-foot-3, 260-pound male can be so nimble as well as maintain his power up until the actual end of a battle. The last characteristic is one Gane requires to be cautious of, according to those that have actually encountered Lewis, due to the fact that despite the fact that Gane is a hefty -370 preferred according to Caesars Sportsbook, Lewis is 6-3 as a wagering underdog in the UFC.

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Derrick Lewis won his 4th straight as well as 2nd by second-round KO on Feb. 20 when he squashed Curtis Blaydes to establish Saturday"s acting title shot.Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Getty Photos

Daniel Cormier, previous UFC light as well as heavyweight champ

Beat Lewis through second-round entry at UFC 230 on Nov. 3, 2018

Derrick is extremely effective, certainly, in all relates to. He hasn"t had the success of a man like Jon Jones or Conor McGregor, yet he"s among those people that is definitely cost-free therein. He has no worry. He simply intends to deal with, likes battling. He"s greatly talented. I assume that"s among those points individuals miss out on regarding Derrick Lewis-- just how athletically talented he is. You wear"t reach do several of things Derrick Lewis does as well as not have elite-level athleticism. There are times when he does points as well as I"m like, "Wow, this large guy can place this with each other." It"s incredible.

When he strikes you, it"s various. I was holding his boost, and also he was punching me, and also I had a shiner for 3 days. That"s the power that he has. A man with his boost airborne, ready to obtain removed, as well as he"s simply tossing strikes defensively due to the fact that I"m holding him because placement. When he was punching me, I resembled, "Wow, this man strikes truly tough." However it"s not also simply the strikes. I assume that"s what"s missing out on in the entire point. Individuals assume Derrick Lewis simply punches hard, yet he did a leaping kick and also it struck my arm, as well as I had knots on my arm. It"s whatever he does. He"s a huge, thick person.

He"s among those people keeping that temperament like, "Oh, I"m type of simply right here." You sort of obtain shed in the jokes and also him playing around when the truth is, he"s a top-level combined martial musician. I assume his battle versus Curtis Blaydes revealed that after I defeated him in the style I did; he returned to function. Since his fumbling is much better currently. Curtis is an excellent wrestler. We"ve seen Curtis ground everyone, however he was unable to take Derrick down. And also when he did obtain takedowns, he wasn"t able to hold him down. When he was taken down, he did an excellent work of obtaining back up.

I assume now it"s time to quit thinking about Derrick Lewis as simply a fighter. That ko of Blaydes was him supporting. When he did that, he was on his heels. That"s next-level power-- when an individual can do that supporting, time that and also land the shot that he did to end up Curtis Blaydes. I couldn"t think it. Not just did he knock him out, he f-- ed him up poor. He rested him. Allow"s not allow that aw-shucks mindset method you. This man is the genuine bargain. Gane needs to get on his video game or he"s mosting likely to defeat him.

Alexander Volkov was 11 secs from success-- up until he really felt Lewis" power. Volkov"s mouth piece appeared as he was up to the mat.Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Photos

Tony Johnson, ACA heavyweight champ

Beat Lewis using consentaneous choice at Bellator 46 on June 25, 2011

Derrick is very f-- ing solid, as well as he strikes so damn tough. Every single time he struck me, you might hear it. It seemed like frickin" blocks striking each various other. Afterwards battle, I promise I resembled a newborn. I had like soft areas on my head. I didn"t train like I required to for that battle, and also he educated me a beneficial lesson: Never ever undervalue any person.

I assume it was the 3rd round. I had his leg. I was attempting to take Derrick down. I had the solitary leg, as well as he obtained some type of angle and also hammerfisted me one-time. And also I really felt that. The 2nd time, I really felt light-headed. The 3rd time, I resembled, "Oh s--, I can"t remain right here any type of longer." The guy has power throughout the entire battle. That"s why he"s so hazardous. He"s never ever from it. I obtained fractured with his complete strike, also. It didn"t really feel terrific.

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I resembled Quasimodo afterwards battle in my face.