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It looked like it was going to be a short night for Derrick
Lewis
at
UFC Fight Night 105
— and not in a good way.

As Travis
Browne
battered him with kicks to the body in the opening round
of their heavyweight headliner at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax,
“The Black Beast” repeatedly clutched his midsection upon absorbing
the blows. At one point, Lewis even turned his back on the 6-foot-7
Hawaiian, and it appeared that Houston native’s five-fight winning
streak was about to come to an end.

Lewis ultimately survived the round, and according to him, it was
more about escaping embarrassment than enduring pain.

“It was more just trying not to s—t on myself. I’m holding my gas
in and trying to breathe and at the same time I didn’t want to shit
on national TV,” Lewis quipped at the post-fight press
conference.

“I just eased out a little fart. Tried to clear out my stomach a
little bit. Once it did that it was good. Then the second round it
came back again, just started bubbling. I was like, ‘I’ve got to
end this fight.’”

Whether it was simply gas or the product of some serious body
shots, the ensuing urgency displayed by Lewis was impressive. A
left hook early in round two sent Browne into the cage, and Lewis
swarmed with uppercuts. Not long after, Lewis floored “Hapa” with a
right hook to the head and unloaded with ferocious ground-and-pound
for a finish at the 3:12 mark of round two.

“I knew it was over. Because he always does his world-famous baby
deer walk,” Lewis said on Fox Sports 1. “His legs are just
flopping. So I just knew it was over then.”

While it appeared that a few of the final blows on the ground were
unnecessary, Lewis wasn’t upset that referee Mario Yamasaki might
have been late stepping in to rescue his opponent.

“I appreciate it. I’ll give him a $1,000 for letting the fight go
because I just wanted to get all my anger out on Travis’ face
anyway because he likes to hit on women,” Lewis said in reference
to the
domestic violence accusations
in Browne’s past. “I appreciate
him for doing that.”

In winning his sixth consecutive fight, the longest active streak
in the heavyweight division, Lewis once again showcased an ability
to overcome early adversity. While Lewis’ power is unquestioned, he
is well aware that he needs to make improvements to reach the top
of the weight class.

“I’ve got to work on my overall game. A lot of guys in the Top 5,
they’re good everywhere. Me, I’m one dimensional,” Lewis said. “I
believe I’ve got the most heart in the division. My heart carried
me throughout my whole six-fight winning streak.”

Lewis has as much momentum as anyone in the heavyweight division,
and he is targeting a future showdown with Mark Hunt, who
faces Alistair
Overeem
at UFC 209 on March 4. For now, however, he wants to
take a little time for himself.

“I just been fighting just about every other month or two months. I
just want to clear my head a little bit,” he said. “My last fight I
wanted some time off. My coaches caught me at a bad time when I was
drunk and asked me if I wanted to fight Travis and I said, ‘Yeah I
want to fight him.’ But this time I just want some time off just to
relax my mind. I’ve just been thinking about fighting constantly at
my home and it’s just bringing problems at my house.”


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