Bettors will make bets for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes, bettors will make bets based on peer pressure from a group. Every once in awhile, these winning bets create memories that last far after the event. Derrick Lewis made a lot of new fans after last night’s 3rd round, come-from-behind KO over fellow heavyweight Alexander Volkov.
Most sports fans likely never heard of heavyweight Derrick Lewis before UFC 229. Most likely, people watched UFC 229 to see Conor McGregor back in action.
However, our watch party had some hardcore UFC fans, and the first thing they did during the prelims was introduce us to The Black Beast and why they’re betting on him.
First things first, below is the matchup of Derrick Lewis and his opponent from UFC 229, courtesy of The Stats Zone:
When you look at this, it made sense as to why betting sites favored Volkov and gave +140 odds for The Black Beast to win.
So why did our group collectively bet on Lewis? Simple, because of post-match interviews like this.
Seriously, how can you not love the guy after saying that his body ain’t hurt, he’s just gotta take a shit?
Here’s another post-match interview.
Not as funny, but a humble assessment on how despite being an underdog and winning, he felt he didn’t give the fans the knockout they wanted.
Also, his Instagram game is on point.
Finally, if you like knockouts, Lewis has you covered. There’s something different and exciting about watching a heavyweight knock someone out versus the lighter weight classes.
Alright, the peer pressure got to us. We were all in on Lewis. However, for the majority of the fight, we thought this was going to be a losing bet.
That is, until the waning seconds of the fight, when Lewis delivered one of the greatest come-from-behind knockouts in UFC history.
— Romuli (@Romuli4) October 7, 2018
Unreal. Our group celebrated as one would expect when winning a bet like that. Screaming, hugging, jumping, and knocking beer over. However, what followed turned this night into a lasting memory.
Seriously, this post-match interview is the greatest we’ve ever seen. Please do yourself a favor and watch it over and over again.
Speaking of…I've watched this interview at least 77 times and it gets funnier every time ??? Derrick Lewis is an absolute legend pic.twitter.com/VwvRtpIyqn
— Same Ol' G (@MRGDII) October 8, 2018
Have you ever watched an athlete interview that combined brutal honesty with laugh-out-loud hilarity during the ENTIRE interview? We bet you haven’t.
But wait, there’s more! Check out this portion of his interview from after UFC 229 concluded.
Derrick Lewis is too funny ??? pic.twitter.com/wxpZFmCdjY
— Nando (@LuisH703) October 7, 2018
What more is there to say? The night started out with a simple bet based on peer pressure and ended with lasting memories.
Derrick Lewis is a national treasure and is now our favorite UFC fighter. We hope he goes undefeated the rest of his career, and we plan on making a few more bets on his inevitable upcoming victories.