“I think you’ll see something you haven’t seen from me in a long time in the octagon. I’m going to come out balls blazing. Something crazy. Something different. You’ll see something different that you haven’t seen before. That’s all.”– Derrick Lewis, who knows that you’re only listening to his interviews in the hopes of hearing him mention his balls
Whas really goin’ on?
You know how, during this week’s CME live-ish chat, we were talking about the ways in which the pandemic has altered our normal exercise routines? Turns out we’re not alone. UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis, who fights your dude Aleksei Oleinik in Saturday night’s main event, says it’s forced him to get really into cycling. As in, on an actual bicycle. Not that spare room Peloton shit that Chad does.
“I bought a bicycle and I’ve been cycling a lot early in the morning like doing 20 miles a day,” Lewis told MMA Fighting. “It really helped me a lot.”
So wait, you’re telling us that early of a weekday morning, people in Lewis’ neck of the woods might peek out their windows and see his big ass, hopefully clad in one of those geeky skin tight cycling suits, getting his road work in while shouting “on your motherfuckin’ left!” at old people out walking their dogs and shit? Because that’s wonderful. That’s the mental image we needed in order to get us through the end of this week.
Oh, Chris Weidman. What are we going to do with you? You took out Anderson Silva and claimed the UFC middleweight strap without ever losing a fight. Then you dropped the belt against Luke Rockhold and went on to lose four of your next five. Talk about a precipitous fall and what not.
Now 36 years old, Weidman desperately needs a win on Saturday to avoid becoming the middleweight version of Johny Hendricks. Can he do it? And what, if any, lessons can we learn from the tremendous highs and lows of his career? We’ll discuss that and a whole lot more on this week’s CME Power Hour later today.