Derrick Lewis completed Curtis Blaydes within the UFC Vegas 19 fundamental occasion with probably the most vicious uppercuts within the historical past of the promotion. But he additionally landed a few further punches afterward.
Blaydes was already unconscious from the preliminary affect of the punch as Lewis stuffed a takedown try together with his fist. But the combat wasn’t over simply but – Lewis jumped all the way down to land two extra photographs earlier than referee Herb Dean was capable of rush into cease the combat with the top coming on the 1:26 mark of the second spherical.
Afterward, Lewis was shouting at Blaydes’ nook, however it seems the verbal trade had nothing to do with any type of ailing emotions or private grudge being settled within the cage.
“Because his nook, his coaches was speaking about, ‘That was bullsh*t.’ I used to be saying that’s not my fault, that’s Herb Dean’s fault,” Lewis stated on the UFC Vegas 19 post-fight press convention.
“I’m going to maintain combating till the referee pulls you off. That’s with anybody. Same factor may occur to me. I’m going to simply preserve combating till the referee says cease.”
While there are an extended listing of highlights that characteristic one-punch stroll off knockouts, Lewis guarantees that’s by no means going to be him as a result of he’s simply not constructed that method.
His argument comes from the directions issued to athletes previous to the occasion the place they’re instructed to proceed combating till the referee tells them to cease. Lewis stated that’s what he’s at all times going to do even when it seems his opponent is clearly not mounting a comeback.
“I can’t simply flip the swap off similar to that,” Lewis stated. “I do know some fighters may do this, however I can’t do this. I’ve bought to attend till the referee pulls you off them, trigger you by no means know what occurs. Anything can occur.
“He may flip into ‘Undertaker’ and sit straight up and eat all these photographs. You by no means know. You’ve bought to maintain going till the referee says relax.”
The end additionally tied Lewis for essentially the most knockouts in UFC historical past alongside former champion Vitor Belfort with 12 total.
Entering the file books was the least of his issues when the combat began as Lewis defined that he felt sluggish through the opening spherical and he was struggling to get going.
“I couldn’t get up in there actually,” Lewis stated. “Like the entire time within the again, the stroll to the octagon, the primary and second spherical, my physique couldn’t simply get up. I don’t know why. I simply didn’t have it at present, the vitality that I wanted to have. I needed to be extra explosive within the first however I couldn’t simply pull the set off.
“But all I used to be ready on was only for him to shoot. I didn’t care about the rest. I used to be simply ready on him to shoot. Throw the uppercut or knee. We knew it was coming.”
Prior to the takedown try that led to the knockout, Lewis noticed Blaydes beginning to discover extra confidence in his putting, and that solely fueled his need for the end that rather more.
“At the top of the primary spherical I’m like, ‘He’s messing up,’” Lewis stated. “That’s what I used to be saying in my head. His coach was attempting to pump his head up – ‘Good, you’re doing good’ –and I’m like all proper, preserve enjoying that sport. That’s what I used to be saying to myself.
“Then the second spherical got here and I figured he was going to come back out and get up a little bit bit, then he was going to attempt to shoot. I simply needed to be affected person.”
The sport plan labored completely as Lewis was simply ready for Blaydes to lastly make his transfer, and that’s when he dropped the bomb that ended the combat.
“That’s what we’ve been drilling all month,” Lewis stated about his uppercut. “Really 12 weeks, actually, attempting to get ready for this man.”
It clearly paid off as Lewis constructed his profitable streak to 4 total whereas including Blaydes to the lengthy listing of fighters who made the error of testing the ability of “The Black Beast.”