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UFC FN 105: Derrick Lewis Credits “Heart” And “Beast Mode” For Run up HW Ranks

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC Halifax

Although Derrick Lewis bombed out Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night 105 to extend his winning streak to six, the powerful fighter isn’t proclaiming  he’s the best heavyweight on the planet just yet…

Lewis appeared to be in trouble early on, after Browne landed some hard body kicks that had his opponent wincing in pain. But in round two, Lewis floored Browne with a right hook and then finished the deal with pounding punches from above. It marked the fifth time in six fights that the heavyweight has stopped an opponent.

Following the memorable and impressive win, however, Lewis had this to say (quote via MMA Fighting):

“I gotta work on my overall game,” Lewis said. “The guys in the top five, they’re good everywhere. Me, I’m just almost one-dimensional. I believe I’ve got the most heart in this division. it carries me the whole way through this six-fight win streak. The heart, that beast mode kicks in, and thank god for that.”

There’s no question that Lewis has shown a ton of heart and toughness in some of his recent outings. Lewis battled Shamil Abdurakhimov into the fourth round before he finally stopped the Russian. Lewis went three rounds with Roy Nelson and earned the split decision win. As noted above, he took some hard kicks from Browne, but stayed in there and came back to finish the 6’7 tall heavyweight.

Lewis is also right, however, in that there’s some very dangerous and well rounded heavyweights at the top. Cain Velasquez and Stipe Miocic are dangerous standing and can wrestle. Fabricio Werdum is ridiculously athletic, can strike and is deadly on the mat. Junior dos Santos can crack and he has great TD defense.

Lewis also said he plans to take a break from fighting after a busy 12 month campaign, but it will be interesting to see who he faces in his return.


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