Lewis: With win over Ngannou, I should get title shot
UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis appeared recently on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, and discussed his fight vs. Lewis is scheduled to face Francis Ngannou at UFC 226 on July 7, 2018.
“Everybody, no matter what I post on my Instagram, it don’t matter what I post, they’ll talk about, ‘man, you should fight Francis. I think you and Francis would be a good fight.’ Everybody’s been saying this for years and I’ve been saying the same thing too,” said Lewis, as transcribed by Jeff Cain for MMA Weekly. “It will be a good fight.”
“Eventually, I knew that it was going to get done, even though he took long enough to respond to the contract that they gave him because they sent the contract out to him a week after my last fight once I told them I’d like to fight him.”
Here is the UFC top 10:
C. Stipe Miocic
1. Francis Ngannou
2. Alistair Overeem
3. Alexander Volkov
4. Curtis Blaydes
5. Fabricio Werdum
6. Derrick Lewis
6. Mark Hunt
8. Marcin Tybura
9. Andrei Arlovski
10. Aleksei Oleinik
Lewis is 7-1 his last eight, and argues that who ever wins in July has earned a title shot.
“I believe so,” he said. “It makes the most sense. Stipe has really beat just about everybody in the top five anyway, so it wouldn’t really make sense for them to get the next shot besides me or Francis because he’s the number one contender. Everyone else is really not even worthy enough to fight Stipe again.”
“Beating on Francis is really not going to really do too much for me anyway, because the guy got to where he’s at right now on luck. He fought Overeem — Overeem doesn’t have a chin. He fought Arlovski — Arlovski doesn’t have a chin. Fight somebody that’s tough. Fight a Mark Hunt, somebody like that who’s real tough. Don’t fight these old guys who are already on the downside of their career.”
A heavyweight championship superfight between current champion Stipe Miocic and current light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier is scheduled to headline UFC 226, leading to a natural fight vs. the winner of Lewis vs. Ngannou.