MMA Twitter has been buzzing over a picture of Derrick Lewis, who appears to have lost a significant amount of weight.
UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis does not look like a heavyweight at the moment. A photo of Lewis running began circulating on Twitter which was taken from fitness trainer Chris Hernandez’s Instagram story showcasing a transformed Lewis, who has shed a serious amount of weight.
Ahead of his bout against Serghei Spivak on Feb. 4, Lewis’ weight loss has sparked a buzz in the MMA community. Fans took to Twitter to react to Lewis’ remarkable weight loss.
MMA Twitter reacts to a skinny Derrick Lewis
It goes without saying that weight loss is beneficial for Lewis. Not only does this allow him to be more agile in the Octagon, but it would help greatly with his history of back problems. In 2018, Lewis revealed how much of a factor his back pain was in his TKO loss to Mark Hunt in 2017. That same year, his bout with Fabricio Werdum was canceled due to the same back issues.
Before his 2020 win against Curtis Blaydes, Lewis told MMAFighting.com, “I for sure have to get down 15, 20 pounds to feel comfortable in there, and you really will see something scary out of me for sure”.
Lewis went 0-2 against Tai Tuivasa and Sergei Pavlovich in 2022. But if this recently tweeted picture of Lewis foreshadows anything, it is that he is highly motivated coming into his next bout. Don’t let his past two performances fool you. Lewis still holds the most KO/TKO wins in UFC history. If he is as motivated as fans think, expect him to add another one to the tally and follow up with a memorable post-fight interview to start 2023.