Derrick Lewis reflects on the pressure he felt during his loss to Ciryl Gane “it was too much”


MMA – Derrick Lewis attributes much of his loss to Ciryl Gane to the fact that the fight was held in his hometown. The pressure was too much.

Last month, Derrick Lewis beat Chris Daukaus by KO on the first round. A victory that allowed him to bounce back from his failure for the interim title against Ciryl Gane. As a reminder, the French had put Lewis TKO.

Lewis has a very bad memory of this failure. Not only because it was his second attempt for a belt, but also because the event was taking place in his hometown of Houston. Indeed, during his appearance on The MMA Hour, ‘The Black Beast’ explained how the pressure of the event had been too much for him.

“I don’t even want to relive that experience,” Lewis said. “It was too much pressure, too much pressure. Too much. So much so that I called people to give me some weed so that I could relax on the day of the fight. That kind of pressure ”

Lewis even compared the pressure of the event to the pressure he felt as a youngster before being jailed for aggravated violence.

“I have never felt it so badly,” added Lewis. “Before I go to court, before they give me a prison sentence. This was the other time I felt so much pressure. But other than that, it was the Houston map. It was pretty bad too. “

Lewis believes that if the fight had taken place elsewhere, the outcome would have been different.

“I was embarrassed to fight,” he said. “I felt embarrassed, I felt like I should have done a lot more than I did. I was scared throughout the fight. I didn’t want to pull the trigger and I was too still. “

“I say it all the time,” Lewis continued. “I believe it all the time. My coaches believe so too. Everyone believes it would have been very different if it hadn’t happened in Houston. “

Despite this bad memory, Lewis agreed to come back for another event in Houston. There he will face another knockout specialist in the person of Tai Tuivasa. The shock will take place on February 12, at UFC 271.

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