Sporting stars throwing a part of their equipment into the crowd watching is a common occurrence across all sports, from footballers throwing in their match worn shirts to darts players handing out their flights from the stage. UFC star Derrick Lewis though, took the craze to new heights back in at Fight Night 199.
Lewis was taking on Chris Daukaus at the event last year, and went on to win his bout following a crushing first round knockout. Clearly pleased with himself, the American paraded around the octagon like winners often do.
However, Lewis decided to take his celebration to a bizarre new level when deciding to toss his sweaty cup into the crowd in Nevada.
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Following the victory in 2021, the 37-year-old cheekily looked poised and ready to throw his cup but it is fair to say the commentators were not keen on the idea. From the commentary box, one was heard saying: “Don’t do it [throw the cup], don’t do it! Oh he did it.”
One fan in the Nevada crowd who got his hands on the fighter’s cup was seen sneaking his way back to the seat with his bizarre piece of UFC memorabilia in hand. Predicting that the fan could make some money from it one day, the fighter said: “One day it can be an NFT. Make some money off that sh*t for real.”
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Seven months on, Lewis was back in the ring in the early hours of Sunday, but things did not go to plan this time around. The 37-year-old took on Russian star Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 277, but was defeated after just 55 seconds following a first round stoppage.
The stoppage has been slammed by many who watched on, with Lewis seemingly hard done by a premature decision from the referee Dan Miragliotta. Despite the controversy UFC president Dana White has defended the official, commenting post-fight: “To be fair, Miragliotta is a great ref.
“The way that he fell, probably nine out of ten people would have jumped on him and stopped the fight. Including me.” Admitting that it may have been a bit too soon though, White added: “I think yeah, I think it was too soon.”
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