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UFC 229’s Derrick Lewis: If I had back surgery a couple of years ago, I would’ve been champion

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After a long time of dealing with a nagging back injury, Derrick Lewis has been finally healed. As he previously explained, he was injected with a USADA-approved “steroid” that has so far worked well for him.

Now that he is healed, “The Black Beast” is looking forward to showing what he feels he is really capable of.

“I feel like if I had done this a couple of years ago, I would have been champion,” Lewis told MMAjunkie Radio. “I believe I would have dominated a lot of my fights. To say I’ve been winning with the type of injury I’ve been dealing with, it’s been a blessing. Now, hopefully the fans really see my potential.”

Lewis will be co-headlining UFC 229, which is bannered by the anticipated lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. But for him, whether or not the card turns out to be as big as it is projected is not really a factor.

“I’m not getting none of that pay-per-view sales or anything like that. So I don’t give a damn,” Lewis said. “If they pay me different, then yeah, I’ll be excited. I’ll be trying to push the fight even more. But I’m not getting paid for it, so I’m not worried about trying to make sure everybody comes out and watches the fight. I don’t give a damn.”

Lewis is slated to face Alexander Volkov on October 6th in Las Vegas.

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