Derrick Lewis

The Black Beast


Destroyed by Sergey Spivac
February 5, 2023
Lewis lost to Sergey Spivac via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:05 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
What a disaster. Known as one of the hardest hitters in the history of the sport, Lewis didn't land a single strike in this fight. He did, however, allow Spivac to connect on 6-of-8 takedown attempts. To say Lewis is trending in the wrong direction is a massive understatement. He remains exceptionally popular and has a world-class skill to his name, but Lewis has zero chance as long as he is facing opponents that will force him to move his feet and defend. His durability is also fading, as well. "The Black Beast" is 1-4 in his past five fights dating back to August 2021, with each of those four defeats coming via stoppage. The UFC needs to be extremely careful regarding who they match Lewis up against moving forward if they hope to have him remain somewhat relevant.
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Spivac fight rebooked
December 15, 2022
Lewis (illness) will take on Serghei Spivac at UFC Vegas 68 on Feb. 4, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Lewis was forced to withdraw from the previous scheduled bout between these two back on Nov. 19 due to an illness. Nearly three months later these two will get to matchup. Lewis will look to end a two-fight losing streak while Spivac will look to push his win streak to three.
Fight cancelled due to illness
November 19, 2022
Lewis is sick and will not be able to fight Sergey Spivac on Saturday, Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports reports.
The pair were set to headline the UFC Vegas 65 card, but Lewis was forced to withdraw on the day of the event. He was reportedly sick enough that he required a trip to the hospital. Kennedy Nzechukwu against Ion Cutelaba will become the new event, as it's far too late to find a replacement to take on Spivac.
Booked for UFC Vegas 65
September 24, 2022
Lewis is set to fight Sergey Spivac at UFC Vegas 65 on Nov. 19, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Lewis is lookig to turn things around, as he is riding a two-fight losing streak and has lost three of his previous four fights overall. In his most recent bout, he lost via TKO (punches) in Round 1 to Sergei Pavlovich. He will look to get back on track against Spivac, who sports a 6-3 UFC record and has won his last two matches.
Quickly finished in Dallas
July 30, 2022
Lewis lost to Sergei Pavlovich via TKO (punches) at 0:55 of Round 1 at UFC 277 on Saturday in Dallas.
The talk here is going to be whether or not referee Dan Miragliotta's stoppage was justified. Lewis got clipped with some massive shots by Pavlovich and was clearly in great danger. He went down to the mat head first in an awkward position. It wasn't a true face plant and Lewis immediately pushed to get back to his feet, but Miragliotta had seen enough. Lewis probably deserves a bit more leeway than most given his history, but that's typically not how referees look at things. The bottom line is that at age 37, Lewis' durability appears to be going. He's lost three of his past four fights, all via knockout. You can argue whether or not this stoppage was early, but Lewis is still getting hit too much, and that will put him in an impossible position moving forward given his age and brawling style of fighting.
Expected to fight Pavlovich
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Lewis is expected to take on Sergei Pavlovich at the UFC event July 30, Marc Raimondi of reports.
Lewis is coming off a knockout loss is February against Tai Tuivasa. He was the clear favorite and it means that he has lost two of his last three fights. The 37-year-old needs to show something in July if he wants to get another shot at a belt.