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.