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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UFC On ESPN+ 4: Derrick Lewis Is Happy Going Into JDS Fight

Derrick Lewis is in good spirits ahead of his clash with Junior dos Santos. Lewis fell short in his bid to capture the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight title back in Nov. 2018. He was submitted in the second round by Daniel Cormier in t…

Derrick Lewis is in good spirits ahead of his clash with Junior dos Santos. Lewis fell short in his bid to capture the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight title back in Nov. 2018. He was submitted in the second round by Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 230. Despite the loss, Lewis remains […]

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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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