The 2022 campaign of Derrick Lewis was not that great as the fighter lost all of his fights that year. Last February at UFC 271, Lewis fought the young and talented, Tai Tuivasa which Lewis lost via KO. Later, Lewis went against Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 277 and lost again via TKO. The ‘Black Monster’ had the opportunity to end the year with a win as he was initially scheduled to fight Sergey Spivak in November.
However, the fight was canceled and the reason was not made public by the promotion. Now the fighter has cleared that he suffered from COVID-19 which stopped him from taking part in the fight. According to Lewis, it was extremely unfortunate and the news about him getting COVID was kept a secret.
“It was a bummer,” said Lewis. “I wanted to fight. I felt like I trained as hard as I could, but I ended up getting COVID. No one knows this but my family and my coaches.” Lewis had COVID for almost three weeks but the fighter has fully recovered from it. He’s healthy and is ready to take on more challenges this year.
Can Derrick Lewis be able to bounce back from recent upsets?
Derrick Lewis is making his UFC comeback this weekend at UFC Fight Night 218 against Sergey Spivak in a main-event heavyweight bout. The fighter is fairly excited about the bout as he thinks he could overcome his past few losses this weekend. Lewis also wants to celebrate his birthday on Tuesday with a great win inside the UFC APEX.
“This is the perfect matchup. I’m ready for wherever the fight goes. I believe it’s a great fight for me coming off a couple of losses. And my birthday is Tuesday. I need a win so I can go out and celebrate my birthday and start the year off right,” said Lewis.
Even though he’s on a two-fight losing streak, Lewis is still one of the most dangerous fighters on the roster. The pure knockout power can drop anyone in seconds and surely, Spivak will be cautious of it.
Spivak currently has great winning momentum as in both of his last fights the Moldovan won via TKO. It is definitely going to be a short fight as one of them will definitely go down in the early rounds.
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