Derrick Lewis gave the MMA media recommendations on the right way to take selfies and far more throughout the UFC Vegas 68 media day.
Derrick Lewis and Sergey Spivak had been presupposed to face off again in November, however that bout was scrapped because of Lewis having points outdoors the cage. Now it’s February and the 2 heavyweights will meet in a principal occasion battle within the late hours of Saturday, February 4 at UFC Vegas 68.
“I obtained COVID,” Lewis stated when requested throughout media day what brought on the cancellation of the November bout. “I didn’t understand it was COVID, however I nonetheless wished to combat. I didn’t discover out till the day I obtained residence. I obtained fairly sick. I obtained a fever and began shedding weight. It was unhealthy.”
Lewis could also be preventing for a spot on the roster. The 37-year-old has misplaced his final two, and three of his final 4. Even with these losses on his ledger, he’s nonetheless sitting within the seventh place within the UFC Heavyweight rankings.
Lewis continues to be a feared striker, and with 13 knockouts to his identify, he has the document for probably the most in UFC historical past. It was that energy that carried him to 2 title alternatives, first shedding to Daniel Cormier at UFC 230 after which dropping a shot on the interim heavyweight championship to Ciryl Gane at UFC 265.
“I don’t blame them,” Lewis stated when requested about others not taking him severely. “They felt like I wasn’t taking myself critical, the combat sport critical. I gotta go on the market and show to everybody that I can nonetheless do that and nonetheless be within the prime 5.”
UFC Vegas 68 goes on within the late hours of Saturday into Sunday, as it’s a card that begins at 10 PM Japanese Normal Time. Lewis doesn’t assume entering into the Octagon that late will throw him off his sport in any respect.
“No as a result of I considered it and I used to combat round one, two o’clock once I was youthful,” Lewis stated. “Popping out of a bar although and I wasn’t getting paid. I used to try this again within the day so I actually don’t thoughts. I simply would possibly as effectively take naps all through the day and see how that goes.”
Sergey Spivak is a brand new problem coming from decrease within the rankings
Spivak is on the opposite aspect of his profession. Practically a decade youthful than his opponent, he’s trying to push his manner into the highest ten of the division. He comes into this combat with a 15-3 skilled document and is presently in slot quantity 12 inside the UFC prime 15. Spivak final competed in August the place he defeated Augusto Sakai by way of second-round knockout.