Much more convincing than expected, Derrick Lewis stumbled in his second attack on the UFC title. Although it was temporary (interim) this way, there was no lack of motivation, especially since Lewis fought Cyril Gane on August 7 in his hometown of Houston.
But motivation is not what brings results in the Octagon. It’s just performance, and it was incredibly bad when it's about Lewis. The Frenchman has celebrated convincingly and can prepare for a clash against Francis Ngannou, while Lewis will remain one of only two UFC fighters to have defeated Ngannou so far.
But quite far from a new opportunity to repeat it. It was to be expected that Lewis' next task would be to defend his position against one of the upcoming fighters and that is exactly what will happen. Just a few days after Chris Daukaus defeated Shamil Abdurakhimov at UFC 266, thus confirming that he is one of the greatest heavy potentials at the moment, this Philadelphia police officer found out that his next task is to defeat the "Black Beast"
The fight between Lewis and Daukaus has been arranged for the UFC’s Fight Night to be held on December 18, which will be the last UFC event this year.
For now, it has not been stated whether this is the main fight of the show or whether Lewis and Daukaus will prepare for a three-round clash.
The 32-year-old Daukaus (12-3, 4-0 UFC) started the promotion in August last year and has since recorded four wins, all four by knockout. He confirmed his top 10 position with the aforementioned victory against Abdurakhimov, and now he could move towards a position from which he will be able to call the champion.
Lewis ’value remains such that a win against him certainly brings the references needed to enter the shortlist of fighters who have a right to hope to fight for the title. Lewis' situation is currently unenviable, as he has to deal with defending his current position against a highly motivated fighter.
But that's how it is when you don't take advantage of the great opportunity that has opened up to you. The question is whether Lewis will ever get back to where he was before the fight against Gane, but he certainly has a chance to hope.
For that, he will have to achieve a new series of victories. The task will be difficult, but not impossible for a great fighter who has shown that he can do a lot