Derrick Lewis Stops Curtis Blaydes with Vicious Uppercut KO in Round 2

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Derrick Lewis pulled off an upset at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas when he earned another finish by taking out Curtis Blaydes in the second round. With his knockout against Blaydes, Lewis tied Victor Belfort for most knockouts in UFC history (12).

“The Black Beast” has now won his last four fights and this is his second consecutive stoppage victory. “I want to keep busy. I want to fight Overeem next,” Lewis said after the fight. “But I’d like a three-round fight. You know, just ‘cause. I don’t want five rounds.

The second oldest of seven siblings, raised by a single mother in New Orleans, Louisiana, Lewis was involved in street fighting. At 17 years old, he began training in boxing and prepared for his first amateur fight but the gym unexpectedly shut down. Lewis had some personal issues and was sentenced to five years in prison. He ended up serving three and a half and a week after being released he was introduced to mixed martial arts by a friend. Lewis was working as a tow-truck driver and George Foreman helped him train boxing.

His amateur MMA career began in late 2009. Lewis was 4-1 as a pro before signing with Bellator in May, 2010. He lost to Tony Johnson via unanimous decision at Bellator 46 on June 25th, 2011 and then went 6-0 with one no contest after leaving Bellator, including winning and successfully defending the Legacy FC Heavyweight Championship. The UFC then signed him and Lewis has wins against Roy Nelson, Travis Browne, Francis Ngannou, Alexander Volkov, Alexey Oleynik and Blaydes. He has faced Mark Hunt, Daniel Cormier and Junior dos Santos.


Born: February 7th, 1985

Age: 35

Country: United States

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 264 lbs

Reach: 79″

Stance: Orthodox

Association: Grind House Fitness

Class: Heavyweight

Record: 25-7-1

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