UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs Oleinik took place live from the Apex Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, August 9 and was headlined by the Heavyweight bout between Derrick Lewis and Aleksei Oleinik which Lewis won via a second-round stoppage. Below are the post-fight quotes from the event.
“He did exactly what we thought he would do. He fought exactly like we thought he would, so it worked in my favor. Everything worked just the way we talked about. I believe I have improved a lot, but I’m still not where I need to be. That’s why I said I need to lose at least 15, 20 more pounds, then come back in and I’m going to be a problem. If I get there and dominate whoever my next opponent is, then I believe I’ll be next for the title.”
“I’m super grateful that the UFC is allowing us to work and put on a show for everybody. I know so many people out there that really want to start working and they can’t, so I’m just super grateful to be in the position that I am at to do something that I love to do and to provide for my family. It feels good. I feel like I’m restarting my career and I’m really grateful to have that opportunity. I feel refreshed and renewed. I’m super excited about the future.”
“My friend’s son, Billy, sent me a message on Instagram and he was like: ‘Hey, you should try to knock him out with a spinning back fist. I’ve been playing the video game and in the game you do it really well’. And I was like ‘I’ll think about it, buddy’. He goes: ‘Try it two times. If it doesn’t work, it’s ok’. And here we are, so, Bill, I love you buddy.”
“It’s been a hard time for everyone with this pandemic and a lot changed in my life. I was stuck in Brazil for six months, then I moved to Florida. It was hard, but I’m so happy with this opportunity and for being able to fight. I’m really happy and I want to thank Julija for taking this fight on short notice. Everyone thinks I’m a striker because I started with striking, but I think I have a good potential in wrestling. I’ll try to improve in this part and be more well-rounded. Maybe in the future it will be my strongest area.”
“My first submission. It means a lot to me. People say I’m a striker, ‘take Darren down’, ‘Darren can’t grapple’… I’ve been working on my grappling, but no one has seen it yet. I’m happy I finally got to show it to the world. Don’t sleep on me, I can tap you out.”
If you missed the event, below are the complete results:
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