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Derrick Lewis “threw some bulls—t” last weekend (Sat. July 29, 2023) at UFC 291, and boy, it landed perfectly! “The Black Beast” stormed out of the gate with a wild flying knee, and it connected perfectly to the jaw of Marcos Rogerio de Lima. The hulking Brazilian hit the canvas, and Lewis sealed the deal with follow up shots (watch highlights). All in all, it made for a rather lovely Jorge Masvidal homage, and the knockout puts Lewis back atop the heap as all-time UFC KO king.
Often, that’s where the story ends. We usually get an Instagram post or interview afterward from both men, but the pain the defeated man undergoes isn’t often discussed publicly. This time, however, de Lima spoke with Super Lutas and described in more detail the damage he absorbed from Lewis’ heavy strikes. The veteran describes a lot of trauma to his teeth from the loss, as well as disappointment regarding fan criticism after the quick loss.
“It’s one thing when you lose while fighting. The way it was, it was really painful,” de Lima began (translation via Lucas Rezende). “We do this thing where you feel out the other guy’s energy before you start fighting. I was feeling great. I felt like he was a little apprehensive. I started out like I always do. He rushed me and I thought he was going to throw a Superman punch. I raised my guard and he threw the knee. I was kind of out when I fell down. It was a hard blow and I couldn’t react.”
He continued, “Now, there’s a lot of people sending me messages, e-mails. I’ve never received that many messages. I lost one fight and instead of supporting me, people from my country, my fans, are bothering me. I took a hard knee. My teeth are all loose. I can’t eat properly. It’s a hard moment. Let’s support our fighters and motivate them.”
The defeat snapped the 38-year-old de Lima’s two-fight winning streak. A member of the UFC roster since 2014, “Pezao” currently holds a UFC record of 10-7. As for Lewis, he improves his overall UFC record to 18-9. More importantly, he enters free agency following a highlight reel win, which could line him up for a massive payday opposite Francis Ngannou, whom Lewis defeated in 2018.
Rear naked choke is king! However, if you add up all the variations, guillotines still command an impressive 23% of finishes. Give it another decade, and I expect we’ll see more d’arces as well.
Islam Makhachev is keeping receipts on Michael Chandler.
Shoutout to my loyal haters pic.twitter.com/fXObzPFNZ6— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) August 3, 2023
I like the fight but ... why is Alexander Hernandez going back to 145-pounds? It didn’t go well!
Caio Borralho accuses his opponent, Nursulton Ruziboev, of having fixed fights on his record. Could it be another Askar Mozharov situation?
@nursulton_mma I KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT YOU AS WELLLL MY FRIEND— Caio Borralho (@BorralhoCaio) August 3, 2023
Wait for the interviews and I will expose you and your fixed fights
If there are any true degenerates reading, go bet on MMA’s Journalist of the Year! I got to submit my nominee vote, and four of my five selections didn’t make the cut, so don’t ask me for insight ...
Mike Perry taking the head off some body builder-type sounds hilarious to me. Book it!
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Nate Diaz has been about the fight life for a long, long time.
This guy seemed to hang in mid-air while unconscious for a moment.
Tofiq Musayaev crushed another opponent in RIZIN over the weekend.
THE jam of summer 2023.
Midnight Music: Rock, 2006
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