Long time MMA referee and now an analyst for Bellator, John McCarthy, says Derrick Lewis will never be a UFC champion. John believes Derrick Lewis is now a “gatekeeper” in the heavyweight division.
John McCarthy Has His Say on Derrick Lewis
Speaking on his Weighing In Podcast, he said, “He is a gatekeeper, though. Because he’s been given two title shots, he had the one against Cormier. He lost that one. He had the interim one against Ciryl Gane. He lost that one. Look, he can fight. He’s tough. He’s got certain aspects of the fighting game that he is incredibly powerful at. His ground-and-pound is mean.
“He is super-strong, but technical guys are going to give him fits, so is he ever going to be that guy that’s going to be the champion? I don’t think so,” McCarthy continued. “I don’t think he’s got that. If you’re the UFC, you’re saying, ‘If you can beat Derrick Lewis, you’re in this upper tier of the guys that we’re going to think about putting in title fights. If you can’t, it’s saying something about you.”
At UFC Vegas 45 last weekend, Lewis broke the record for most knockouts in UFC history after beating the impressive Chris Daukaus in the first round. So, whatever your thoughts on him being a “gatekeeper” are, there’s no doubt that ‘The Black Beast’ can still pick up plenty more wins in his UFC career. Whether that is in another push for the title or against some more title challengers.
After his win on Saturday, Lewis made it clear that his new record didn’t mean much to him in the grand scheme of his career. However, that doesn’t seem to mean much to the many fans who have witnessed his impressive 13 knockouts inside the octagon.
Is McCarthy right? Is Lewis just a “gatekeeper” in the heavyweight division, and does he ever get another crack at the title?
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