CHICAGO – After experiencing the harsh lessons of defeat on his octagon debut, middleweight Bevon Lewis plans on bouncing back into the win column with a spectacular victory at UFC 238 on Saturday night.
Lewis (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) earned his spot on the UFC roster with a stoppage victory on Dana White’s Contender Series and was thrown straight in at the deep end against Uriah Hall at UFC 232 in California.
It proved too much, too soon, as he was stopped in the third round after an encouraging early display against the former “TUF” finalist. But Lewis says he’s taken his first career defeat as a valuable learning experience after sharing the octagon with such a seasoned opponent.
“I’m not happy with the outcome, but I just take it as just a big lesson,” he told MMA Junkie during Thursday’s media day in Chicago. “You learn the most after a loss, depending on how you take it. I fought a really good guy. I’ve been looking at Uriah Hall since he started in ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’
“I looked at it as a challenge to myself. I took the fight and I’d do it again if the opportunity ever came. It was a great opportunity, I learned from him and I just learned from the whole experience.”
Lewis said he accepted his third-round knockout defeat quickly enough, but admitted it took a little longer to regain his confidence again.
“It took me a while to smile after that, and it took me a while to remember what happened,” he said. “I look at it like big brother just schooled you up a little bit and showed you how to do it. He said some kind words to me after that. He wasn’t like anyone I ever fought before.”
The knockout loss to Hall sent Lewis back to the drawing board, where he reassessed his approach to martial arts.
“It sounds a little weird, but at 28 I grew up a little bit,” he said. “I think I’m handling myself more maturely. And how I feel – stop talking to myself so much in my head, stop being that type of guy and just have fun with it again.”
Now admittedly more mature as a result of his experience, Lewis says he’s ready to bounce back with a spectacular performance against fellow striker Darren Stewart (9-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) at UFC 238 this weekend.
“This is going to be a good fight,” he said. “It’s a good fight for me. I see a really great night on Saturday. I don’t want to go too crazy in the details, but I can honestly tell you it’ll probably be one of the best performances I’ve ever had.”
And, with a name like “The Extraordinary Gentleman,” it goes without saying that Lewis is planning to deliver a performance worthy of his fighting moniker in Chicago.
“I always want to do something special. It’s hard for me not to,” he said. “I will do everything in my physical power to get the win, but at the same time, try to do it spectacularly.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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