Thanks to the power of social media, UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis has quickly risen from another one of the division’s many forgettable faces to one of the sport’s most entertaining personalities. The Black Beast’s Instagram page is a goldmine of fighter-bashing memes and generally strange cultural observations, and the man’s sense of humor can best be described as “don’t give a f*ck” with a heaping side of “come at me, bro.”
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that once inside the octagon, Lewis is nothing short of a stack of C-4 attached to a pair of tree trunks. Whether in victory or defeat, each and every one of Lewis’ eight UFC bouts have ended via some form of hellacious knockout, and his most recent performance against Gabriel Gonzaga was no different.
Having suffered 9 out of his 11 professional losses by way of (T)KO, the general consensus seemed to be that Gonzaga would have to take Lewis down and work his vastly superior jiu jitsu game in order to secure a victory. While “Napao” was able to do just that in the early going, it was Lewis’ defense on the ground that was arguably more impressive. “The Black Beast” not only managed to escape Gonzaga’s mount, but shucked off a rear-naked choke attempt with the concern of a man ordering a pizza via Domino’s emoji-based delivery system.
And when the fight was forced back to the feet, it was only a matter of time until Gonzaga ate canvas, and boy did he ever. Lewis landed a monster uppercut that sent Gonzaga crashing to the mat and finished him off with a few follow-up punches, marking his third straight TKO finish inside the octagon. Up next for Lewis? It ….View full article