Lewis Tore Meniscus Prior To Dos Santos Fight
Derrick Lewis may be the toughest man in the UFC heavyweight division, not only for fighting three times in less than five months, but for facing former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos with a torn MCL.
Lewis’ coach Bob Perez revealed on MMAJunkie radio that he wanted to pull the Houston native after serious knee issues just under a month prior to fight night.
“I was like, ‘Dude, we’ve gotta pull,’” Perez told MMA Junkie Radio. “But Derrick’s like, ‘Hell no.’”
Lewis would refuse to pull from the fight with a new deal signed and looking for a rematch against Francis Ngannou with a win.
Perez was worried heading into the fight, but would have that issue doubled down as Dos Santos landed a devastating kick to the body.
“I didn’t know the extent of the injury in regards to his knee or his belly,” Perez said.
Perez would refuse to comment on whether or not Lewis suffered not only a torn MCL and meniscus, but an ACL tear as well.
“I would like him to rest,” Perez said. “To heal his mind, to heal his body, and get everything better.”
Initial Report: MMAJunkie