Derrick Lewis wants to prove he has more to give the sport heading into another main event.
UFC Vegas 65 is headlined by a heavyweight battle between Derrick Lewis and Sergey Spivak. The two men are ranked number seven and 12 respectively and battling their way toward a shot at whoever holds the UFC heavyweight championship.
Lewis versus Spivak is a battle of two men headed in different directions.
“This year has not been my year,” Lewis said during media day interviews. “I want to end the year off with a bang and it would be great to end the year with a win in Vegas.”
Lewis has lost three of his last four fights. Those defeats came at the hands of Ciryl Gane, Tai Tuivasa, and most recently Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 277. This is the second time in his career that he is on a two-fight losing streak. The lone victory during this stint was against Chris Daukaus in December 2021. Lewis has a 17-8 record in the Octagon and 26-10 overall as a professional fighter.
“This year I trained probably the most I trained for my last fights, and it didn’t go my way,” Lewis said. “I did everything right and things still didn’t go my way. I trained even harder for this fight, so we’ll see how things go this Saturday. I’m looking forward to the fourth and the fifth round.”
Lewis is a fan-favorite among the MMA community, rising to title opportunities on two separate occasions. Even though he was unsuccessful in both of those moments, he’s one that fans enjoy watching for his style that leans toward generating a finish, even if that’s not always in his favor.
“I’m motivated at this point in my career, and I still have a lot in the tank,” Lewis said. “I take it hard on myself every time I lose a fight. I’m tired of thinking about my last fight and the way it ended. I just want to come out here and give it all that I got.”
Sergey Spivak is looking to rise up the heavyweight ranks
Spivak is coming into this fight on a two-fight win streak. Since joining the UFC in 2019, he’s put together a 5-3 record with his most recent wins coming over Greg Hardy and Augusto Sakai. Overall, he brings a 15-3 professional record into this fight.
UFC Vegas 65: Derrick Lewis vs. Sergey Spivak takes place on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, live from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided MMA, who is on site for all your news and highlights.