Blagoy Ivanov Wants Derrick Lewis Bout Following UFC 238

Blagoy Ivanov is eyeing a bout with Derrick Lewis. This past Saturday (June 8), Ivanov opened the main card of UFC 238. He took on Tai Tuivasa. “Bagata” earned a unanimous decision victory over “Bam Bam” to improve his professio…

Blagoy Ivanov is eyeing a bout with Derrick Lewis. This past Saturday (June 8), Ivanov opened the main card of UFC 238. He took on Tai Tuivasa. “Bagata” earned a unanimous decision victory over “Bam Bam” to improve his professional mixed martial arts record to 18-2, 1 NC. Ivanov Targets Lewis For Next Bout Now […]

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Greg Hardy Says Stipe Miocic & Derrick Lewis Are In His Sights

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Greg Hardy believes he will eventually get marquee match-ups with Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis. Hardy is an athlete who competed at the highest level in the National Football League (NFL), but he&#8217…

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Greg Hardy believes he will eventually get marquee match-ups with Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis. Hardy is an athlete who competed at the highest level in the National Football League (NFL), but he’s still green in mixed martial arts. This was evident when his UFC debut ended in a disqualification […]

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Derrick Lewis Says His ACL Has Been Hanging On By A Thread

It looks like the UFC will be without the services of fan-favorite heavyweight Derrick Lewis for most of 2019. Lewis will be undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn ACL, MCL, and meniscus. “The Black Beast” suggests he has been fighting wi…

It looks like the UFC will be without the services of fan-favorite heavyweight Derrick Lewis for most of 2019. Lewis will be undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn ACL, MCL, and meniscus. “The Black Beast” suggests he has been fighting with the knee issues for several years now. After his recent TKO defeat to […]

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Derrick Lewis To Miss Most Of 2019 With Rare ACL Injury

Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Derrick Lewis will miss most of 2019 with a partially torn ACL that will require surgery. Shorty after Lewis lost to Junior dos Santos at this month’s UFC Wichita, news of “The Black Beast’s” bum knee started to surface. Earlier today on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show,” Lewis confirmed the injury […]

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Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Derrick Lewis will miss most of 2019 with a partially torn ACL that will require surgery.

Shorty after Lewis lost to Junior dos Santos at this month’s UFC Wichita, news of “The Black Beast’s” bum knee started to surface. Earlier today on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show,” Lewis confirmed the injury and explained the depth of it (h/t MMA Mania):

”My ACL is partial tear and my meniscus and MCL is all the way torn,” Lewis said. “So the ACL is hanging on by a thread, really. It’s a rare tear, they say. The doctors say the way the angle of the tear is, my knee was bent the opposite way, so I told them about my fight with Ruan Potts, he got me in a kneebar and it was pretty tight and I heard it pop when he did it.

“But I still got out of the submission. And they said they could tell it was a few years since the injury happened because the way it was growing back, it wasn’t growing right.”

The Potts fight went down in February of 2015 to give you some context as to what Lewis has been dealing with the past four years. However, he insists that his performance has not been affected until recently.

”The Daniel Cormier fight, I couldn’t stop the takedowns. I didn’t have any strength in my leg,” Lewis said. “I wanted to step my training up before the JDS fight, so I was doing a bunch of things I normally don’t do in training and it was really bothering me. And I told my coaches, ‘Man, my knee is still pretty weak.’”

”I guess it has gotten worse over time so I went to the doctor two weeks before the fight to do x-rays and stuff like that, and the UFC had set everything up. The doctor told them what was torn and what was going on with my knee. And the UFC, all they was worried about was whether I was going to fight.”

”I told them ‘Yeah I’m going to fight, don’t worry about it.’ And they called again the next day asking if I’m still gonna fight. I say ‘Yeah, I’m still going to fight. Don’t ask me no more, I’m still going to fight.’”

His coach, Bob Perez, didn’t agree with Lewis.

”He didn’t want me to fight,” Lewis said. “I told them I’ve been fighting like this for a long time and there ain’t no way I’m going to back out now two weeks before the fight. I pulled out before due to an injury, I was in a real bad state of mind right after that. I hate doing it.”

When he does get healthy and return to action, you better get used to seeing a slimmer version of “The Black Beast.” Lewis plans on dropping some unwanted weight in his time off.

”250 would be the ideal weight,” Lewis said. “So I’ll be in a bed at least a month straight, so hopefully I lose some weight then. Popeyes don’t deliver, so we’ll see what happens.”

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Derrick Lewis Believes He’s Been Fighting With Torn ACL For Four Years, Set For Surgery

Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Derrick Lewis believes that he has been fighting with a torn ACL for the past four years. Lewis comes off a second-round TKO loss to Junior dos Santos in Wichita, Kansas. Lewis revealed to ESPN that, prior to the…

Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Derrick Lewis believes that he has been fighting with a torn ACL for the past four years. Lewis comes off a second-round TKO loss to Junior dos Santos in Wichita, Kansas. Lewis revealed to ESPN that, prior to the fight, it was revealed that he had a torn ACL in his […]

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Derrick Lewis’ Coach Attempted To Get Him To Withdraw From JDS Fight

Derrick Lewis’ coach attempted to get him to withdraw from his latest fight inside of the Octagon. Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos picked up a second-round TKO over Lewis in the headliner of UFC on ESPN + 4 on Sat., March 9, 2019 from Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. As a result, […]

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Derrick Lewis’ coach attempted to get him to withdraw from his latest fight inside of the Octagon.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos picked up a second-round TKO over Lewis in the headliner of UFC on ESPN + 4 on Sat., March 9, 2019 from Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. As a result, this marked the second straight loss for the hard-hitting heavyweight star.

He suffered a loss to UFC heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier in the headliner of the UFC 230 pay-per-view event. Before this, at UFC 226 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Lewis was able to pick up a unanimous decision win over Francis Ngannou.

Lewis’ coach Bob Perez admitted in a recent interview that he tried to get him to pull out of the fight. This comes after Lewis had suffered a torn meniscus, ACL and MCL prior to the fight.

They later found out the news but knew something was going on back on February 12th. Despite this, Lewis pressed on as he’s truly a cage fighter.

“I was like, ‘Dude, we’ve gotta pull,’” Perez told MMA Junkie Radio. “But Derrick’s like, ‘Hell no.’ I didn’t know the extent of the injury in regards to his knee or his belly. I would like him to rest. To heal his mind, to heal his body, and get everything better.”

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