Following the loss to Serghei Spivac, UFC president Dana White says Derrick Lewis won’t be cut from the UFC roster.
For the first time in his professional career, Lewis finds himself on a losing streak of three fights after UFC Vegas 68, this past Saturday. Spivac steamrolled the ‘Black Beast’ in the first round of the fight, submitting him by arm-triangle choke. The performance was eye-opening for the UFC president.
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“Listen, I have a lot of respect for Derrick Lewis.” said White at the post-fight press conference. “I love the guy. And he got manhandled tonight. Spivac looked really good. He made a big statement tonight.”
After losing to Spivac, Lewis’ position at the top of the UFC heavyweight division has been called into question. Before fighting Spivac, Lewis claimed he could ‘still be in the top five,’ despite being 1-4 in his last five fights.
Despite some believing Lewis’ stock has fallen, others, including White, see things differently.