Following his third round TKO victory over Viktor Pešta at UFC 192 this past weekend, heavyweight Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis spoke to the media. Among those in attendance was Matthew Wells of MMA Latest.
“It feels like a dream.” Lewis said when asked about winning in his home town. “I don’t even think I walked up here on my own two feet, I feel like I’m gliding on clouds.”
The fight with Pešta was far from one-sided, with the Czech having early success using his grappling. However, Lewis was unconcerned with the early stages of the fight. “I wanted to rope-a-dope him,” he said. “I was telling my coaches ‘okay, I got him’. I already knew his gameplan was just to take my down and hold me down. I wanted him to wear himself out so all my cards were on the third round; to finish him in the third round.” Lewis also went on to say that at no point in the contest was he frustrated by his opponent.
In the third round, Lewis gained a dominant position on the ground and, from then, the fight did not last much longer.
I felt the soul come out of his body so I knew I had to finish him right there. I had him. My gamplan worked.
The 13 – 4 (4 – 2 UFC) Lewis spoke earlier in the week about the pressures and stresses of fighting, which is something he elaborated on here. “I feel good about it (my carreer). The only thing I don’t like is the nerves and the adrenaline. Just being so exhausted by the time I step into the cage and, it’s like, really your gameplan goes out the window, but thank God I had a good enough gameplan against an opponent like this.” When asked specifically about the nerves, he answered “I always feel like it’s the first fight. Always. I don’t know about anybody else, but I always feel like it’s the first fight.”
Lewis is certainly not alone in feeling nervous before fights and each fighter has their own way of coping with them. “I try to daydream about my kids and think about how I want a better life for them,” he said. “That’s really the only thing that can really motivate me. My coaches can’t really pep talk me into something I know is not going to happen, so just my kids. I think about them.” This has led to his coaches famously telling him to ‘Do it for the boys’, as Lewis explained. “Do it for the boys. They (my coaches) already know; my kids, my world. That’s basically why I do it, for them because I want them to have a better life than I had.”
So what’s next for Lewis? “Right about now, it really doesn’t matter.” He answered directly. “We’ll see. Hopefully I can fight sometime in December, that’d be good. It don’t matter what opponent.”
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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220
UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)
Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:
“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.
— UFC (@ufc) December 10, 2017
The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.
If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.
Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.
UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.
LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.
Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.
Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)
The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.
In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.
Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.
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