Derrick Lewis, a heavyweight power puncher, was campaigning for a fight against rising contender Francis Ngannou, long before “The Predator” secure a title shot fight against heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic at UFC 220.
After all the hype, Francis Ngannou fell short in his UFC heavyweight title fight at UFC 220, against more rounded skill set of defending champion Stipe Miocic.
In the wake of his UFC 220 loss, Ngannous decided to step away from (MMA) to digest his recent disaster and put him together. But whenever he comes back, Derrick Lewis is up to throw down with the Ngannou and he alleges the 31-year old is at least 40 and is on performance-enhancing drugs.
“Yeah, I’ll fight [Francis Ngannou] on sight you know. This guy over here, every time somebody ask me a question about him, I say something nice, but every time somebody say something about him, he’s like trying to talk down on me saying I’m not on his level, talking about how I’m too slow and this and that. I really don’t care, but, don’t try and talk sh-t about me every chance you get. He talks sh-t, but he’s never like, ‘Oh, I want to fight Derek.’ He’s always talking down on me, but he doesn’t want to fight me.”
“I’m working on my cardio and sh-t, he needs to get down with me. Everybody talking about how I don’t have no cardio and this and that, but they don’t know that I do have cardio. I just hold it in and make it seem like I don’t because of the way I move. I just move slow and then I explode. It is what it is. That motherf-cker is at least 40-years old. They say he was homeless so he probably don’t even know [how old he is]. Tell me where his birth certificate is at. He’s 40, man, juiced up. They say he’s younger than me, there’s no way he’s younger than me.” — Derrick Lewis speaking on the Slip n’ Dip podcast as transcribed by MMA NYTT.
Before he puts his hands on Francis Ngannou, Derrick Lewis needs to get pass heavyweight contender Marcin Tybura at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 126 event on Feb. 18, from Austin, Texas.
Derrick Lewis was on a six-fight win streak until he suffered a TKO loss to Mark Hunt, on June of 2017.