Derrick Lewis is officially on the worst losing streak of his career.
The UFC fan favorite was hoping to get back on track by defeating Sergey Spivak in the main event of UFC Vegas 68 on Saturday night.
However, “The Black Beast” was quickly knocked out and submitted by his opponent who earned the biggest win of his career in just over three minutes at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
Spivak Spivak scored six takedowns in the brief contest before ending the bout with an arm-triangle choke submission to make it six wins over his last seven bouts.
He said in his post-fight interview, “Derrick Lewis is awesome. He fought twice for the title. He’s awesome, he’s a legend to me.
“I love him. Today is my time. ‘Polar Bear’ is here, ‘Polar Bear’ is coming. Give me someone top five.
The 28-year-old Moldovan, whose last loss was to British UFC star Tom Aspinall in 2021, is now targeting Jon Jones who fights Ciryl Gane for the recently vacant heavyweight title at UFC 285 on March 4.
Spivak added: “I want Jon Jones. I think that’s good. Jon Jones, I respect you so much, sorry bro, but I’m coming.
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Despite being in top form heading into UFC Vegas 68, Lewis has now lost three straight fights and his time as an elite heavyweight in MMA appears to be over.
At the peak of his powers, the 37-year-old picked up victories over Gabriel Gonzaga, Roy Nelson, Francis Ngannou, Alexander Volkov and Curtis Blaydes.
He became a big star after scoring 13 UFC knockouts — the most in company history — and kept fans laughing with his goofy post-fight interviews that included calling the “beautiful” MMA icon Ronda Rousey in 2017.
Lewis appeared to be fighting for his career at UFC Vegas 68 after suffering back-to-back losses to Tai Tuivasa and Sergei Pavlovich that finished him in less than a minute last July.
The 38-fight veteran has yet to comment on his latest loss and it remains unclear if this is the last time Lewis will compete in the UFC octagon.