Derrick Lewis fresh off his knee surgery displayed a much improved and focused version of himself. His cardio and conditioning was on point as he cruised his way landing power shots in every round against Ivanov. As the first round began, Lewis walked down Ivanov looking to put pressure and quickly find an opening to land his trademark over hand right. Lewis unleashes a kick which Ivanov catches and takes him down immediately, steps up to side control and wraps up a crucifix position. But Lewis is prepared and explodes to get back on the feet. More power shots from Lewis but Ivanov is undeterred the first round comes to conclusion.
As the rounds progressed, Ivanov looked to take the fight to the ground and keep Lewis there to wear him out. But ‘The Black Beast’ was hard to contain and the moment he got back up started throwing hammers at Ivanov’s head. For a moment, Ivanov was rattled but he quickly recovered displaying his toughness and durability. The second and third round were absolutely a slug fest to watch as Lewis tagged Ivanov with everything he had and the Bulgarian eating it all. Ivanov managed to retaliate but it was just not enough in the judge’s eyes despite his three take downs.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) November 3, 2019