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Lewis beat Marcin Tybura in Sunday night's card at UFC Fight Night 126 in Austin.
The heavyweight looked to be heading for defeat before turning the fight around at the death.
And he then delivered a hilarious post-fight interview.
“I’m going to try and rest up a little bit so I can be strong in the fourth round with (my wife),” the New Orleans native said.
“I’m going to knock it out of the box.
"To my baby, April, better get ready girl, I'm going deep."
Tybura looked to be on top and heading for a decision victory.
But Lewis ramped up his power in the third round, eventually knocking out Poland fighter.
The American told MMAjunkie: “I’m sure my fans know by now, even though I might be getting my ass whooped the first two rounds, but you know that ‘Beast’ about to come out sooner or later.
"In the third round, I wasn’t tired at all. It was shocking. In the third round, my ass is gas. But this fight right here, I really wasn’t tired. I still felt like I could throw heat.
"Before the fight even started, (my coaches) already knew what time I’m going to really turn it on.”
Looking ahead to who he could fight next, Lewis added: “I think my hand is broken right now, but hopefully I can get Francis, Curtis Blaydes, (Fabricio) Werdum, Cain (Velasquez) – really anybody.
“Whoever signs the contract first, that’s who I’m willing to fight.”
Lewis' win over Tybura was the joint-headline fight in Austin.
Donald Cerrone beat Yancy Medeiros in the other main event.
Donald Cerrone def. Yancy Medeiros via first-round TKO
Derrick Lewis def. Marcin Tybura via third-round KO
James Vick def. Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Curtis Millender def. Thiago Alves via second-round KO (4:17)
Brandon Davis def. Steven Peterson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-26)
Sage Northcutt def. Thibault Gouti via unanimous decision
Carlos Diego Ferreira def. Jared Gordon via first-round KO (1:58)
Geoff Neal def. Brian Camozzi via submission (R1, 2:48)
Roberto Sanchez def. Joby Sanchez via submission (R1, 1:50)
Lucie Pudilova def. Sarah Moras via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 29-27)
Alex Morono def. Josh Burkman via first-round submission (2:12)
Oskar Piechota def. Tim Williams via first-round TKO (1:51)
DERRICK LEWIS wowed in the Octagon in Texas - and then wowed with the Tybura looked to be on top and heading for a decision victory.
Travis Browne had a really bad night Sunday in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
After turning in a strong performance in the first round of his UFC Fight Night 105 main event bout with Derrick Lewis, the Hawaiian—who happens to be dating Ronda Rousey—wound up on the receiving end of a vicious series of punches that stopped the fight in the second round.
Getting knocked out is tough enough, but Browne's night didn't end when the ref waved the bout to a close. That's because Lewis tore him apart in the most vicious post-fight interview in UFC history and punctuated his performance by making a quick overture toward Browne's girlfriend, former UFC champion Ronda Rousey.
He started the verbal destruction by no-selling Browne's early offense. "I just got to do a No. 2, that's all," Lewis said when asked about body kicks he absorbed in the first round. "It's not really hurting from the kick, I've just got a boo-boo."
Adding insult to injury like that was enough to make the interview a memorable one, given how fighters rarely use their camera time to say anything more than "Oh, I'll fight whomever Dana White asks me to next." But when asked about how he managed his comeback, Lewis threw verbal punches that were even harder than the ones that stopped the fight.
"I just knew I had a bigger heart than him. He calls himself a man, but he likes to put his hands on women," he responded, referencing domestic violence allegations levied against Browne by his now-ex-wife in 2015. "So forget that guy, I've got much more heart than he has."
The coup de grace came right after when he inquired as to the location of Browne's girlfriend, asking, "Where's Ronda Rousey's fine ass at?"
It doesn't get much worse than that.
Topping all this off is how Browne may be handed a pink slip over this loss. The UFC has been releasing fighters by the dozen in recent weeks, and with Hapa now riding a three-fight losing streak, he could end up on the free-agent list before long.
Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis picked up the most significant win of his career this weekend at UFC Fight Night 105 over fellow contender Travis Browne. The win marked his sixth straight in the Octagon.
But just as impressive as Lewis’ second-round, come-from-behind knockout was the promo he cut in the post-fight interview.
Lewis has become known as much for his charisma and hilarious social media presence as he is for his knockout power. His nonchalant demeanor and dry one-liners have made his interviews must-see attractions. Not a bad follow-up for his aggressive, knockout-oriented fighting style.
Following the most memorable Octagon interview of his career so far, here are the other highlights of Lewis’ post-fight speeches.
Unfortunately, many of Lewis’ early career Octagon interviews can’t be found on YouTube. If you can, check out UFC Fight Pass for his interviews following his wins over Guto Inocente and Viktor Pesta, both of which have some pretty entertaining lines. For a bonus, there is this link to a backstage interview in which Lewis says he could feel Pesta’s soul come out just before he finished him.
But there is this somewhat-suspect footage from his UFC debut, a TKO victory over Jack May at UFC on FOX 11 on April 19, 2014. In it, Lewis is much less comfortable on the mic than in his most recent performances. He describes feeling like his whole body was asleep and needed to wake up, and how meeting Bruce Buffer affected him. Most comically of all, Joe Rogan doesn’t seem to understand either comment and tries to just move through the interview.
Just as his fighting skills have grown over the past few years, so have Lewis’ abilities on the microphone. If you enjoyed this story, please share it on social media!
Derrick Lewis won in the ring, in the post-fight interview and on Nurmagomedov got top billing at UFC 229, but Derrick Lewis stole the show.
Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov got top billing at UFC 229, but Derrick Lewis stole the show.
The UFC’s No. 2-ranked heavyweight contender pulled off a stunner of a knockout over Alexander Volkov in the final seconds of the fight after looking done in the first round.
He followed up by taking off his shorts in the ring and delivering one of the best post-fight interviews the UFC has ever seen.
Asked why he took his shorts off, his explanation to interviewer Joe Rogan was simple.
“My balls was hot,” Lewis said.
Asked about the win, Lewis credited President Donald Trump as his inspiration in an expletive-laden response.
“Before the fight, Donald Trump called me and said I gotta knock this Russian [expletive] out, cause they’re making him look bad on the news.”
All of this, of course, caught the attention of Twitter.
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