Lewis Spent Most Of 2018 With Knee Issue
In what was a breakthrough year for Derrick Lewis, he spent most of 2018 in agony due to a knee injury.
Speaking with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, the popular UFC heavyweight broke down the issues
”My ACL is partial tear and my meniscus and MCL is all the way torn,” Lewis said. “So the ACL is hanging on by thread, really. It’s a rare tear, they say. The doctors say the way the angle of the tear is, my knee was bent the opposite way, so I told them about my fight with Ruan Potts (in 2015), he got me in a kneebar and it was pretty tight and I heard it pop when he did it. But I still got out of the submission. And they said they could tell it was a few years since the injury happened because the way it was growing back, it wasn’t growing right.”
”The Daniel Cormier fight, I couldn’t stop the takedowns. I didn’t have any strength in my leg,” Lewis said. “I wanted to step my training up before the JDS fight, so I was doing a bunch of things I normally don’t do in training and it was really bothering me. And I told my coaches, ‘Man, my knee is still pretty weak.’
I guess it has gotten worse over time so I went to the doctor two weeks before the fight to do x-rays and stuff like that, and the UFC had set everything up. The doctor told them what was torn and what was going on with my knee. And the UFC, all they was worried about was whether I was going to fight.
I told them ‘Yeah I’m going to fight, don’t worry about it.’ And they called again the next day asking if I’m still gonna fight. I say ‘Yeah, I’m still going to fight. Don’t ask me no more, I’m still going to fight.’”
”He didn’t want me to fight,” Lewis said of his coach Bob Perez. “I told them I’ve been fighting like this for a long time and there ain’t no way I’m going to back out now two weeks before the fight. I pulled out before due to an injury, I was in a real bad state of mind right after that. I hate doing it.”
”Whenever I get back healthy and everything, I should be in the best shape of my life,” Lewis said of his rehab and return to the Octagon. “Because I’m really focused on my weight and martial arts, period. Come out there and really give the fans something to look forward too, for sure.”
”250 would be the ideal weight,” Lewis said.
“So I’ll be in a bed at least a month straight, so hopefully I lose some weight then. Popeyes don’t deliver, so we’ll see what happens.”
Quotes Via MMA Mania