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Morning Report: Derrick Lewis reveals he’s been battling a potentially ‘life or death’ medical issue for ‘over a year’

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Last weekend at UFC 247, Derrick Lewis won a hard-fought decision over Ilir Latifi to move to move to 14-5 in the UFC heavyweight division. But though Lewis got the win, it sounds like his battles may be only just beginning.

Speaking with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani yesterday, Lewis revealed that heading into UFC 247, he was dealing with a medical condition that was affecting his training.

“My coach wants me to get something checked out that came up in my medicals and stuff like that that’s been hindering my training,” Lewis said. “I’m really supposed to be keeping it on the down low. I gotta get it checked out. The UFC doctors know what it is and the doctor’s here in Houston know what it is as well. It’s just something that’s been going on that I’ve got to get addressed.”

But according to Lewis, this isn’t some run of the mill issue like a lingering injury. “The Black Beast” wouldn’t say exactly what has been ailing him but he went on to explain that the medical issue is potentially a “life or death” problem and that one doctor suggested he withdraw from UFC 247 because of the issue.

“Oh yeah. It’s really like life or death situation serious,” Lewis said. “I’m dead serious. I’m dead serious. It’s something that happens to a lot of athletes. It doesn’t matter if you’re healthy or not. It’s something that could happen to you at the drop of a hat. That’s all I can say. . .

“The doctor actually had told me that he thinks I shouldn’t have took this last fight. That’s what he said. They said that with the situation like this, he don’t think I should fight. So I got a second opinion from the UFC doctors and they read it over and checked everything out and they said that it shouldn’t be a problem.”

Lewis obviously did end up fighting at UFC 247 but the event was not without issue for him. Lewis says that in the first round the issue, which he declined to go into further detail about, cropped up on him.

“In the first round, it happened and then I was like, okay, I’m just not gonna think about it,” Lewis said. “The situation that’s going on.”

But despite the serious nature of his claims, and the occurrence of the issue in the middle of his fight, Lewis remains pretty unflappable about the situation, perhaps because he says he’s already been dealing with it for over a year and intends to see a doctor about it very soon.

“It’s been really happening for over a year and I finally went to the doctor and got it checked out a month ago. . .” Lewis concluded. “No, I’m not worried. Probably like next week I’m gonna go to the doctor. Maybe this week so we’ll see.”


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Assuming Derrick Lewis isn’t pulling our chain, which it seems like he is not, that’s very unfortunate news and best wishes for him in his recovery.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.



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