Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis (19-5, 1 NC) finally got back in the cage this Sunday night at UFC Fight Night 126 in Austin, Texas.
He got back on track by knocking out Polish heavyweight Marcin Tybura (16-4) in the third round of a back-and-forth match. Tybura spent most of the match exhausting Lewis with his grappling but “The Black Beast” was able to land a right hook to drop Tybura with about two minutes left in the fight. He followed it up with vicious strikes that gave referee Dan Miragliotta no choice but to stop the match.
The momentum of the fight shifted many times throughout the bout. Tybura took down Lewis with ease and took his back on multiple occasions. When Lewis was forced to carry the weight of the Tybura to get to his feet, it appeared that he would be too exhausted to strike effectively.
That proved not to be the case. Nearly every time the fight went to the feet, Lewis scored a knockdown. His heavy right hand found a home on the chin of Tybura again and again. Eventually, Lewis got the big shot he needed and secured the win as well as a much-deserved Performance of the Night bonus.
Not only did Lewis find himself back in the win column, but he did it in his home state of Texas. “The Black Beast” is a beloved member of the community and received some press for going out in his pickup truck during Hurricane Harvey to rescue civilians from their homes. With the run Derrick Lewis is on, Texas might see their hero in a title fight soon enough.
A title shot in the near future?
Derrick Lewis came into this fight as the #7 heavyweight in the UFC. He won in convincing fashion over the #9 contender on Sunday and is sure to move up in the rankings. He has won seven of his last eight fights, losing only to Mark Hunt in the fourth round of a great battle in New Zealand.
With the exception of Curtis Blaydes and Mark Hunt who recently lost to Blaydes, everyone ranked ahead of Lewis has had a recent title shot. Cain Velasquez is the only other possibility but it is hard to tell when he will be back. It is not crazy to say that Lewis might be just one fight away from getting a shot at the belt.