Derrick Lewis Still Has ‘Hunger’ In Him After Title Loss To Daniel Cormier

Derrick Lewis is coming off the first UFC heavyweight title opportunity of his career. Lewis met Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 230 in November. The bout took place from “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” Madison Square Garden. Unfortunately for “The Black Beast,” he was submitted in the second round via rear-naked choke. […]

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Derrick Lewis is coming off the first UFC heavyweight title opportunity of his career.

Lewis met Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 230 in November. The bout took place from “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” Madison Square Garden. Unfortunately for “The Black Beast,” he was submitted in the second round via rear-naked choke. It marked the end of a three-fight win streak for the 33-year-old.

Now, with a new UFC contract recently signed, Lewis will be making his return to the Octagon. He’s set to face former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos at UFC on ESPN+ 4. The show goes down from the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas on March 9th. Recently, Lewis spoke to MMAjunkie about the upcoming match-up.

Despite his recent title loss to Cormier, Lewis says he still has the “hunger” inside him to be great:

“I’m feeling good about this fight, too, and I’m real happy about my contract that I just signed,” Lewis said. “And so everything is looking up. Even though I’m coming off a loss, I’m happy, I’m satisfied, and I still got that hunger in me.”

Facing Another Former Champion

If he wants to get back to the UFC heavyweight title, Lewis will have to start by defeating a former champion in “JDS.” Dos Santos is currently on a two-fight win streak. His most recent victory came against Tai Tuivasa in the second round of their fight at UFC Fight Night 142 in December.

Given the odd situation at heavyweight, it’s very possible the winner of this fight receives the next shot at the championship. Daniel Cormier could very well retire soon, or decide to jump back down to light heavyweight and fight Jon Jones. This isn’t something Lewis has paid too much mind to, but if it happens, he’s ready:

“I never even thought about it. But if I can pull the win off, of course it would great to get another shot,” said Lewis. “But if not, I’m not going to be mad. I’m not going to be sad. I’m not going to be complaining. It is what it is.”

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Several New Bouts Added To UFC on ESPN+ 4

Several new fights have been added to the UFC’s debut in Kansas in March.  Beneil Dariush and Drew Dober will go head-to-head in a lightweight contest. Welterweights Anthony Rocco Martin and Sergio Moraes have been added to the card. Also, a middleweight contest between Omari Akhmedov and Tim Boetsch will go down. UFC on ESPN+ 4 takes place from the INTRUST Bank […]

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Several new fights have been added to the UFC’s debut in Kansas in March. 

Beneil Dariush and Drew Dober will go head-to-head in a lightweight contest. Welterweights Anthony Rocco Martin and Sergio Moraes have been added to the card. Also, a middleweight contest between Omari Akhmedov and Tim Boetsch will go down.

UFC on ESPN+ 4 takes place from the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas on March 9th. It was recently announced that a pivotal heavyweight fight will serve as the night’s main event. Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos will be making his return to the Octagon. He’ll be taking on Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis, who comes off an unsuccessful heavyweight title bid. Lewis lost to Daniel Cormier by submission at November’s UFC 230.

“Cigano” is looking to put together what would be a three-fight win streak with a potential victory over Lewis. Should he emerge victorious, he makes a strong case for a heavyweight title opportunity. As for Lewis, he’ll have to do quite a bit to get back into the title conversation. A win over a former champion the caliber of JDS is certainly a great start.

Check out the updated card for UFC on ESPN+ 4 below:

  • Junior dos Santos vs. Derrick Lewis
  • Blagoy Ivanov vs. Ben Rothwell
  • Yana Kunitskaya vs. Marion Reneau
  • Jeff Hughes vs. Daniel Spitz
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Drew Dober
  • Anthony Rocco Martin vs. Sergio Moraes
  • Tim Boetsch vs. Omari Akhmedov

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Derrick Lewis Reportedly Meets Former Champion In UFC Return

Derrick Lewis will receive a big fight for his Octagon return. “The Black Beast” was last seen in November headlining UFC 230 from Madison Square Garden. He unsuccessfully challenged Daniel Cormier for the heavyweight championship. “DC” managed to submit Lewis in the second round via rear-naked choke. With the defeat, Lewis’ three-fight win streak came […]

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Derrick Lewis will receive a big fight for his Octagon return.

“The Black Beast” was last seen in November headlining UFC 230 from Madison Square Garden. He unsuccessfully challenged Daniel Cormier for the heavyweight championship. “DC” managed to submit Lewis in the second round via rear-naked choke. With the defeat, Lewis’ three-fight win streak came to an end.

Now, MMAjunkie reports that Lewis will return at the UFC’s debut in Kansas. The UFC is targeting a match between Lewis and former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos. The action goes down from the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. It will be the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 4.

“Cigano” currently has back-to-back wins since being knocked out by Stipe Miocic in a heavyweight title bout in 2017. His latest victory came over Tai Tuivasa, where the Brazilian scored a second-round TKO win. With a potential win over Lewis, it would be hard to deny “JDS” a shot at the throne.

Also, a win over dos Santos would be one of the biggest of Lewis’ career should he be able to pull it off.

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Derrick Lewis vs. JDS Reportedly Targeted For UFC on ESPN+ 4

The UFC is planning a massive heavyweight match-up between two experienced heavyweight title contenders. According to a report from MMA Junkie, the UFC is targeting a bout between Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis and former heavyweight champ…

The UFC is planning a massive heavyweight match-up between two experienced heavyweight title contenders. According to a report from MMA Junkie, the UFC is targeting a bout between Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis and former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos. The fight is being discussed to headline UFC on ESPN+ 4 on March 9th from the INTRUST […]

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Ranking the Top Fights of the UFC on Fox Era

For seven years the UFC and Fox have been a fantastic partnership. It brought a slew of UFC events across the varied networks in the Fox portfolio and delivered a treasure trove of amazing action for fans…

For seven years the UFC and Fox have been a fantastic partnership. It brought a slew of UFC events across the varied networks in the Fox portfolio and delivered a treasure trove of amazing action for fans…

Junior dos Santos Questions Why Brock Lesnar Is A Draw

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is currently riding high after TKO victory over Tai Tuivasa at UFC Adelaide. Of course, dos Santos’ long-term goal is to once again reclaim the heavyweight championship, but that may be difficult for hi…

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is currently riding high after TKO victory over Tai Tuivasa at UFC Adelaide. Of course, dos Santos’ long-term goal is to once again reclaim the heavyweight championship, but that may be difficult for him to accomplish if current title challengers are selected in the manner the future opponent […]

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