John McCarthy has revealed his reasoning behind calling Derrick Lewis a keeper.
Speaking on the Weighing podcast with Josh Thomson, John McCarthy mentioned that the reason he scored “The Black Beast” as a Guardian is because the fighter lost his previous two title fights.
“Lewis is one of my favorite fighters to watch, I say that all the time. I love the guy. He’s a joy when it comes to the comments he makes in the media era, the comments he makes in the media era. ‘he does in the cage and I’ll tell you when I was referring, he was the guy you worried about because of the power and strength he had. Especially if the fight hits the ground. You don’t. never saw a guy get up off the ground when Derrick Lewis was on top of him. He’s an awesome fighter. The problem is this … Derrick Lewis lost two title fights okay; and he didn’t ‘There’s never a guy I can find that got a third. Now Derrick Lewis might, he might get that third. But there was no one who got the third. “
Watch the clip of John McCarthy and Josh Thomson discussing Derrick Lewis below:
Derrick Lewis lays down condition to fight for heavyweight title
Derrick Lewis faced Chris Daukaus in the main event of UFC Vegas 45 in a knockout artist battle. ‘The Black Beast’ won the UFC record for most knockouts with 13, as he finished Daukaus in the first frame.
After his victory, Lewis is now looking for another chance for the UFC heavyweight title. This time around, however, ‘The Black Beast’ has a special request if he gets the chance to win UFC Gold.
Lewis said he wanted the championship fight to be three rounds rather than the standard five. ‘The Black Beast’ remarked about the three rounds to Michael Bisping in his octagonal post-fight interview at UFC Vegas 45:
Derrick Lewis has already been in two UFC title fights, both of which he lost in three rounds.
In 2018, Derrick Lewis challenged Daniel Cormier for the undisputed heavyweight title at UFC 230. ‘DC’ dominated ‘The Black Beast’ in the first round with his fight before securing a choke in the back at the second to keep his championship.
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Derrick Lewis recently fought Ciryl Gane for the vacant interim heavyweight title after winning four straight fights. ‘Bon Gamin’ completely outclassed and outclassed the Texas-based fighter on his way to a TKO third round victory at UFC 265.