Derrick Lewis' Rise To UFC Stardom Explained: "If I Can Do It Anybody Can Do It"

According to Derrick Lewis, the important thing to keen your self to victory within the octagon comes on the expense of your psychological well-being: “you actually acquired to place your self in a darkish spot,” he informed TMZ within the moments main as much as his Heavyweight title battle towards two-division champion Daniel Cormier this Saturday. The fan favourite has needed to battle by extra adversity than your common “silver-spoon” athlete, to attain his present stature within the battle sport.

Before campaigning within the heavyweight division in numerous MMA promotions, Derrick Lewis needed to endure a three-year jail bid for beating a Ku Klux Klan member that accosted him with a shotgun. “I take into consideration my previous and stuff like that,” Lewis informed TMZ this afternoon, as he recounted the previous occasions that gave him inventory, as a strong-willed character, inside and out of doors of the octagon.

After jail, Derrick Lewis reintegrated himself by taking over the mantle of a tow-truck driver, earlier than betting on his MMA potential. It was all uphill from there. “I am an optimistic man. But, I by no means imagined this was doable,” Lewis informed TMZ. “If I can do it, anyone can do it. I assure you possibly can. I have been having individuals doubt me all my life. I have been by a lot stuff that I hope even my enemies would not must undergo.”

Derrick faces Daniel Cormier on a loaded UFC 230 battle card that additionally consists of the return of “All-American” Chris Weidman, the Welterweight that bested MMA legend Anderson Silva on two separate events.