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Derrick Lewis walked away from UFC 229 having banked a last-ditch knockout over Alexander Volkov- and as it turns out, a title shot to boot, with the UFC throwing him into a main event- despite his own reservations- at UFC against double champion Daniel Cormier. How much was that one punch worth? According to MMAFighting.com, a lot.
“It’s probably a million,” Lewis said. “Probably about a million.”
That’s more than Lewis has made in three fights so far this year, and the added pay is helping him to take this fight seriously, though he has less than a month to prepare. Incredibly, Lewis said he’s usually only in the gym for half an hour every day- but that has changed for this camp.
“Not just the title on the line, whenever I saw my contract and see the zeroes, I was like, ‘OK, I can start training now,’” Lewis said. “Before, like I told y’all before, I don’t stay in the gym like everyone else does, my opponents. It’s pretty obvious, after the fight I’m laying all over the floor, I’m tired. Ready to go sit my ass down somewhere.
“But this fight right here, I’ve really been training all day long. Drinking more water than I need to be drinking. Really taking it more serious. There’s not gonna be no excuses for myself — win, lose or draw.”
He also warned Cormier to take him seriously- which he doesn’t think Cormier is currently doing.
“Not really the UFC, just DC believes that,” said Lewis, who added that he will be 100 percent for the title fight, despite a hard bout against Volkov. “He’s thinking it’s gonna be an easy fight for his self. But go ahead and think that. It’s just crazy that I even made it this far with the type of training I’ve been putting in before each and every fight. I’m serious. I don’t stay in the gym all day like all my opponents do. I stay for 30 minutes, 35 minutes — and five minutes on my phone posting memes and stuff. But this camp right here, I’ve been really at the gym all day long.”
Dustin Poirier will only be out three weeks! That’s great news for the lightweight division.
So here's what's up for everybody asking— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 19, 2018
I do not have to have surgery!! I'm going to stay in LA and get stem cell injections in my hip on Monday. From that point I will have a 3 week recovery. After that I will be able to go back to training 100%.
I would like to thank the @ufc for being patient with me and getting things done. Setting up all these appointments. Flying me out to specialists for second opinions and making this process go smoothly.— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 19, 2018
I am really looking forward to coming back pain free! #strapseason
This might be of interest to some of y’all:
I’m not sure about this one
I know this feeling all too well. In Jiu-Jitsu, it’s a slap AND a bump, dangit!
Poster has dropped for UFC 231 and I’m liking the color work the UFC has been doing lately with their posters.
Andre Fili’s face looks like a cartoon here.
Jonny Bones fan art
This might be Jon Jones’ most normie post.
Angela Hill is training that Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen 2 knee
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
A wrestling Jose Aldo was fun- I still wish we could see him fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at 155.
In his final pre-WEC fight, a 20-year-old José Aldo debuted in Pancrase. Squaring off with KO artist Shoji Maruyama, the future legend surprisingly channeled his inner Khabib.— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) October 18, 2018
You'll never see Aldo land this many takedowns again. I counted 13. #Pancrase300 pic.twitter.com/wUwPmwPSXC
Alaska FC was entertaining
That doesn’t look fun
Podcasts and Video
Heavy Hands discusses what a 165-lb. division would look like
Josh Thomson breaks down Jones-Gustafsson and DC-Lewis, and offers insight into what fighters like Eddie Alvarez are thinking going to ONE Championship, and the kind of contracts fighters should push for. At about 25 minutes in he starts discussing competition vs. a union in terms of fighter pay, and offers some interesting insight.
McGregor might be the most famous, but to me the most savage trash talk in MMA has been when Jon Jones goes in on Daniel Cormier. His assured arrogance is unbelievable.
Places reclaimed by nature have this undefinable mystique.