Derrick Lewis’ next fight: Everything you need to know

When is Derrick Lewis’ next fight, is a question the beloved heavyweight’s legion of supporters is often wondering. Fans hoping to see him bounce back from his interim title fight loss in August will get that possibility before 2021 comes to a close.

Who will Derrick Lewis’ next fight be against?

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Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Derrick Lewis (red gloves) reacts to knocking out Marcin Tybura (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Lewis’ next fight will come against a fighter just outside the division’s top-five in red hot CFFC veteran Chris Daukaus.

In just 13 months, Daukaus, 32, has become one of the fastest-rising prospects in the division. Going from respected regional talent to holding the seventh spot in the top-15. He has done so on the back of an outstanding run inside the Octagon so far. Scoring knockout wins in all four of his UFC bouts, with the last two against serious competition in the likes of heavyweight stalwart Aleksei Oleinik and eighth-ranked Shamil Abdurakhimov.

How can I watch Lewis vs Daukaus?

  • Lewis vs Daukaus is expected to headline the UFC’s Fight Night event on December 18
  • The event will be simulcast on ESPN and streaming service ESPN+
  • An official location and venue have not yet been announced, be the UFC APEX in Las Vegas is the most likely destination

How will Derrick Lewis vs Chris Daukaus shake out?

Lewis, 36, is one of the most accomplished fighters currently competing in the UFC heavyweight division. Although he has twice come short in his bids for UFC gold, he’s built an impressive resume by putting elite talent to sleep with the hammers he calls fists. Daukaus is a fighter with a ton of potential, and the 25-8 “Black Beast” will offer up his mightiest challenge yet

Octagon Experience: Although close in age, there is a huge experience gap between Lewis and Daukaus. Lewis has more fights in the Octagon (22) than the Philadelphia native has fought (15) overall. And during that run in the promotion, the Houston resident has faced some of the very best heavyweights of the last decade. Including current champion Francis Ngannou, interim champion Ciryl Gane, and former champion Daniel Cormier. This isn’t just one leap up in competition for Daukaus, it’s several leaps.

A Beastly Litmus Test: Lewis is a perfect litmus test to find out how good Daukaus truly is. Although Lewis is arguably the greatest power puncher in UFC history, he is far from a flawless talent. He can be beaten, and often that has come through wrestling, better technique, or a bigger gas tank. All characteristics that separate good fighters from the great ones at heavyweight. This will be a monumental challenge for Daukaus in December, but he has already shown flashes of elite abilities and has the tools to make it a difficult night for the former title challenger.

Bottom Line: Both big men have one-punch power that can put opponents to sleep. After seven years in the promotion, we know who Derrick Lewis is as a fighter. However, Dec. 18 will offer the chance to find out if Daukaus has what it takes to be the next great talent in the division.

What Makes Derrick Lewis so popular?

You would think being named “The Black Beast” should strike fear in the hearts of observers of the sport. However, in the case of Lewis, while he surely gives opponents cold sweats, he has become a beloved and comedic figure in the MMA industry. From his admiration of Popeye’s chicken to his hilariously infamous hot balls moment at UFC 229 in 2018, he has become an adored one-of-a-kind figure in the UFC.

However, what the Texan has done inside the Octagon is no laughing matter. He has charted a path of destruction over his 21 Octagon appearances. Putting 12 opponents to sleep with a style of striking that won’t be used in any how-to teaching videos on perfect technique. No, he rose to the top of the heavyweight division with brutal force and the sort of power that seems more like something out of a Marvel comic.

At UFC 265, Lewis was unable to win the division crown in his second try, but he will nonetheless remain one of the top talents at heavyweight. He may not be championship quality, but his not of this world power is still one of the most fearsome forces and challenges in the weight class.

Derrick Lewis net worth

The measure of a fighter is often down to the bucks they’ve made. As of right now, Derrick Lewis’ net worth is speculated to be US $1.5 million.

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