Breaking News: Derrick Lewis set to retire?
The Heavyweight stated he likely had his last octagon appearance.
Derrick Lewis may be set to retire!
That’s what the Heavyweight hinted at after his TKO loss to Mark Hunt in the main event at UFC Aukland which took place late last night. Lewis and Hunt engaged in a back and fourth contest where it seem with every punch landed the contest may end with one man on the deck, however it was Mark Hunt who came out on top in the end, TKO’ing Lewis in the fourth round, ending a six-fight winning streak for Lewis which saw him defeating the likes of Travis Browne and Roy Nelson.
Lewis stated in the post fight interview with Brian Stann that he has a long-term back injury that he feels affected his performance, Stann, like many, believed Derrick took too many leg kicks and had injured his leg in the fight. “Derrick, you’re obviously limping very badly on that leg, was that a big part of what happened in the latter rounds?” Stann asked Lewis, in response to this Lewis stated “It’s my lower back, it’s not my leg, my leg is good” Lewis further went on to explain that he injured his back in 2011 and stated “it’s just been hurting all week, but this was probably my last fight, I’m getting married next week and I don’t like putting my family through all this, and this was my last fight.” When Stann pushed Lewis on clarifying his statement he said “most likely this was my last fight in the UFC”
Lewis joined the UFC in 2014, fighting on the UFC on Fox: Werdum vs Browne undercard, here he TKO’d Jack May, before knocking out Guto Inocente in his next fight, he then suffered his first UFC loss at the hands of Matt Mitrione via knockout in 2014. Since then he has gone 7-1 in the UFC before falling to Mark Hunt last night, of those 7 wins Lewis finished all but one of this opponents.