Derrick Lewis lost his interim heavyweight title fight to Ciryl Gane at the main event of UFC 265. The fight took place in Lewis’ hometown of Houston, Texas, but Gane dominated him for three rounds. , and Lewis had to taste defeat in front of a home audience.
Lewis talked about what happened in a number of post-match interviews, and he acknowledged the pressure of competing for the title, and that’s also in his hometown, he said, “I was discouraged from wanting to fight. It was overwhelming to fight in front of the entire town with all the pressure on you. I put pressure on myself. It’s been about 13 years since I got out of prison and my victory UFC Heavyweight Championship. I put pressure on myself. It is very painful. I was pressured until the day of the fight.”
“Becoming a champion means a lot” – Derrick Lewis very disappointed with his performance at UFC 265
Lewis served his sentence in prison, and when he was released from prison, he started practicing MMA. His life has taken a different turn, he’s grateful for what he has, but he’s faced that pressure ahead of his title battle. He say, “The reason why the pressure was so intense for that fight was because that was the day, exactly, that I got out of prison.“
“So it’s like I put pressure on myself, and it’s like a crazy, crazy thing that I want for my legacy or whatever. To be the champion of my life, to be the world champion would mean a lot at that time. I did a lot of things whenever I wasn’t sober, agreed and did, only to regret later.” Lewis said. “That’s what it is. … I’ve done a lot of stupid things in my life, and I keep doing what I’m trying to learn.”
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