Mountain peak UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis ranks his knockout of Alexander Volkov at UFC 229 as the most satisfying knockout of his fighting career.
When appearing on The Joe Rogan experience podcast, Derrick Lewis reflected on victory from behind and said Joe rogan that the reaction from the fans in attendance made this effort more valuable to him than anything else.
“It was (most satisfying knockout). But the crowd made it really exciting and satisfying because of the way they reacted. See this guy who played him in the movie (Chris Pratt), see his reaction was worth it, “said Derrick Lewis.
Derrick Lewis scored a spectacular victory as he was on the verge of losing the fight on the judges’ scoreboards. It was natural that his supporters and teammates were overcome with emotions. The black beast revealed his manager passed out after watching the knockout as police were to be called to contain his fans’ excitement in his neighborhood.
My manager at home, he passed out. He couldn’t take it anymore either. So everyone was so excited about it. Some policemen were called because of my neighbors, some fans went so crazy after this fight. I got it when my coaches said we had a minute, 30 seconds left. Then I’m like, okay, ”Derrick Lewis told Joe Rogan.
When did Derrick Lewis fight Alexander Volkov and what happened during the fight?
Derrick Lewis and Alexander Volkov fought over the main card of the UFC 229 pay-per-view event to headline the biggest grudge match in MMA history between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. The event took place on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Volkov posted a better game in the overall fight and outscored Lewis 121-39 in terms of important strikes that landed. But the always dangerous Derrick Lewis knocked down Volkov with a perfectly timed forehand in the dying seconds of the fight, followed by a few follow-up shots to close the show. The finish came at 4:49 of the third round and is considered one of the best comeback wins in UFC history. The victory was followed by one of the most hilarious and iconic octagonal interviews that resulted in the tagline ‘my balls were hot’.
Volkov and Lewis have climbed the rankings since they first met and are now in the top five in the heavyweight division. The first fight between them raised more questions than it answered. A high-stakes rematch in the near future is not out of the question if both continue to win.