Derrick Lewis is one of the most promising fighters in the UFC heavyweight division, and that’s kind of crazy when you consider the fact that he’s been competing the entire time with a jacked up back. A back that’s forced him out of fights. A back that has seized up on him in the cage with killers like Mark Hunt and Francis Ngannou.
Fortuntely, it sounds like Lewis has finally found some relief with a new specialist leading up his fight with Alexander Volkov on the undercard of the big Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC 229 card on October 6th.
”We was calling around, trying to find a specialist,” Lewis explained to MMA Junkie Radio. “We didn’t want just any doctor working on my back. We wanted a special doctor that specialized in backs. And we found one, it was the same guy that worked on [Tracy] McGrady and Tiger Woods, he helped those guys out with their careers. And what they did with me was they shot me like twenty times in one spot in my trouble area with needles, like back to back. And it was sore for like three days and then after that it was like brand new. Like, feeling real good.”
“I was 100 percent yesterday,” he continued. “I was taking it slow the last week, but I really turned it up yesterday, and it was feeling real good. I feel like if I had did this a couple of years ago, I would have been champion. 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 just a blessing. Now, hopefully the fans really see my full potential in this fight right here, because I can constantly train all day long and not worry about my back hurting at all.”
”Before I had to train a little bit then I had to rest because my back would flare up, wait for it to go down and then I’d try to rub it out. And now I don’t have to worry about that no more, I can go for the full 15 minutes, the full 25 minutes without it hurting.”
Hopefully this new treatment works out for Lewis and he has a Tiger Woods style explosion that takes him to the next level at UFC 229. With over 2 million PPV buys expected, there’s no better time for him to show off that full potential.