Derrick Lewis, the UFC heavyweight contender, appears to be in the best shape of his career, as evidenced by his weight loss transformation photo, ahead of a must-win fight against Sergey Spivak. Compared to what he had previously, Lewis demonstrated a very lean physique.
Derrick Lewis has been a professional fighter since 2010, having competed for Bellator MMA and Legacy FC, where he held the Heavyweight title. As of February 2023, he is ranked 7 in the UFC heavyweight standings.
Lewis was one of seven kids raised by a single mother in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was the second oldest. He had a difficult childhood and regularly engaged in street violence. He and his family moved to Houston, Texas, in 1998, where he started boxing training at the age of 17.
Lewis began his professional career on October 16, 2009, when he faced Jay Ross in his amateur MMA debut at LSAMMA. He was defeated via TKO. Before signing up with Bellator Fighting Championships in May of the same year, Lewis had started his professional career and had a 4-1 record. Lewis’ opponent for his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 on August 28, 2013, was Nandor Guelmino. However, Lewis was forced to withdraw due to an injury, and the fight was canceled.
Recently, Derrick Lewis appears to be in the best shape of his career ahead of a must-win fight against Sergey Spivak. Terrance McKinney, a UFC lightweight prospect, recently shared a photo on social media that showed Lewis looking much slimmer than usual. The Black Beast is currently training hard in preparation for UFC Vegas 68, which will take place on February 4 at the APEX in Las Vegas. So, let’s get together and know the secret behind his weight loss journey!
Previously, we touched on the weight loss stories of Chrissie Swan and Anthony Anderson.
Derrick Lewis’ Weight Loss: The 37-Year-Old Professional Fighter Seems to Have Lost a Considerable Amount of Weight Ahead of His Fight Against Sergey Spivak!
Derrick Lewis (@thebeastufc), one of the UFC‘s professional fighters does not appear to be a heavyweight at the moment. On Twitter, a photo of Lewis running began circulating that was taken from fitness trainer Chris Hernandez‘s Instagram story, which showed a transformed Lewis who had undergone a significant amount of weight loss.
Lewis’ weight loss has also sparked interest in the MMA community ahead of his fight against Sergey Spivak on February 4. Fans reacted to Lewis’ remarkable weight loss on Twitter where he seems to have lost a considerable amount of weight. He showcased a very lean physique to what he used to have.
The 37-year-old has always been one of the bigger heavyweights, and he frequently cuts weight to make the 265lb UFC limit. That doesn’t appear to be necessary this time, as serious changes to his diet and training appear to have been made in response to a drop in form. Meanwhile, Lewis has major victories over Francis Ngannou, Curtis Blaydes, Alexander Volkov, and Chris Daukaus, but he has lost three of his last four fights.
Derrick Lewis was hoping to resurrect his career before the end of 2022, as he was scheduled to face Spivak at UFC Vegas 65 in November. Unfortunately, the fan-favorite fighter was forced to withdraw from the card after being rushed to the hospital with a stomach issue that was not related to COVID-19 or weight cutting.
Even after his hospitalization, Lewis wanted to fight, but the main event was canceled and replaced by a light-heavyweight bout between Ion Cutelaba and Kennedy Nzechukwu. Fortunately, it was quickly rescheduled for early 2023, and the extra time to prepare appears to have been a boon for Lewis, who appears to be in career-best shape.
It goes without saying that Lewis would benefit from his weight loss. This not only allows him to be more agile in the Octagon, but it would also greatly benefit his history of back problems. Lewis revealed in 2018 how much his back pain played a role in his TKO loss to Mark Hunt in 2017. The same year, his fight with Fabricio Werdum was canceled due to back problems. Before his 2020 win against Curtis Blaydes, Lewis told MMAFighting.com,
I for sure have to get down 15, 20 pounds to feel comfortable in there, and you really will see something scary out of me for sure.
In 2022, Derrick Lewis went 0-2 against Tai Tuivasa and Sergei Pavlovich. But if this recently tweeted photo of Lewis foreshadows anything, it’s that he’s fired up for his next fight. Don’t be fooled by his previous two performances. Lewis still holds the record for the most KO/TKO victories in UFC history. If he is as motivated as fans believe, he will add another to his tally and follow up with a memorable post-fight interview to kick off 2023.
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