Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis made his return to the octagon at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros in Austin, Texas. We last saw Lewis in action last summer when he dropped one to Mark Hunt by TKO and contemplated retirement in his post-fight speech. Lucky for fans, the Texas-resident had a change of heart and continued his career.
Lewis’ career has seen it’s fair share of injuries. Most recently, he was forced to pull off the UFC 216 card against Fabricio Werdum with a back injury; leaving the MMA world to wonder if the heavyweight would ever regain his form.
“Better get ready girl, I’m going deep!” -Derrick Lewis to his wife after winning.
By taking and winning a Fight Night opportunity against Marcin Tybura, Lewis silenced some of those questions. Notice that I said some. Lewis is strong as a horse, there is no doubt about it. He’s a beast, hence the nickname. However, what the man has in strength, he severely lacks in cardio and conditioning. He has always been a soft-bodied heavyweight who has to cut down to the 265 lb. mark, which consequently may have correlation to his back issues. One cannot help but wonder if some of Lewis’ ailments would be put to ease if he were walking around with a little less gravity resistance.
“The Black Beast” was the more powerful striker throughout the contest, but Tybura was able to successfully trade a large volume of shots and also landed a takedown. Lewis recorded two knockdowns before he was able to finish Tybura with punches in the third round.
In typical Derrick Lewis fashion, he rocked the mic with his post-fight speech. “I’m going to try and rest up a little bit so I can be strong in the fourth round with (my wife). I’m going to knock it out of the box. To my baby, April, better get ready girl, I’m going deep,” Lewis stated in the octagon on the FS1 nationally televised event.
I would love to see him fight Francis Ngannou. Neither men knows what a ground game is and both of them have major endurance questions and bout may resemble Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000. Let them bite down on the mouthpiece, stand toe-to-toe, and may the bombs fly.
At the time of this writing, it has not been confirmed if Lewis’ suffered a broken hand or not. A broken hand would put Lewis back on the shelf for another 6-8 weeks.
-Jordan Kurtz AKA Kurtzy F is a founding member of Comments From The Peanut Gallery.