Derrick Lewis may have extended his win-streak to five with a nasty TKO finish Friday night over Shamil Abdurakhimov, but "The Black Beast" still wasn't happy with his performance, afterwards. "That was one of my terriblest fights of all time. I didn’t like my performance at all,,That was some bullsh-t.," he said, after his fourth-round stoppage victory.
The humble slugger still got the job done after being dominated most of the fight, and fighting past an apparent eye injury, so he shouldn't be too hard on himself. Abdurakhimov landed several takedowns through four rounds, threatening with arm bars and being evasive on the feet.
For his part, Lewis defended well on the mat and against the cage, but mounted little offense. Lewis swung for the fences, plenty, but largely with high kicks that had no set-up, and which resulted in him getting taken down.
Once Lewis decided to push the action and look for his own takedowns, however, he saw immediate success. Late in the fourth he walked #ShamilAbdurakhimov down, pressed him against the fence and scored a double-leg takedown.
From there, things were pretty much a wrap. #DerrickLewis pinned his opponent against the cage and rattled off punches and elbows from on top in the half-guard and mount until the referee stopped the contest.
Lewis had hoped to call out the heavyweight division's best, next, but admitted that he has more work to do before he deserves them. "I was gonna say I wanted to try to fight Mark Hunt, but this was some bullsh-t," he reiterated.
"I should sit myself down."
Well, he should take a rest, sure, and continue to work on some fundamentals. Still, Lewis shouldn't beat himself up.
He's beating good fighters over and again, and never seems to lose his cool or composure in the cage. His skills are not yet title-ready, but Lewis is a tough out and, as he showed tonight, capable of turning even an uneventful fight into a thrilling finish, in moments.