From steroid allegations to body shaming, Derrick Lewis has been all over Francis Ngannou after he came up short in his fight against Stipe Miocic. He was already criticizing the fighter, but this only intensified after Lewis found out Ngannou’s pay in the main event title fight at UC 220. If Lewis is able to beat Marcin Tybura on Sunday, it sounds like he’ll be looking for a title shot himself, even if it’s just to drink beer and gas out.
“For sure, that’s all I really care about [is money]. Now that I’ve seen that – what’s his name, Francis [Ngannou]? – he got $500,000 just fighting for the belt. Let me fight for the belt next. They can give me $500,000. Sh-t, I’m going to gas out too. Guaranteed $500,000? You don’t have to worry about me training before a camp. I’ll be drinking a beer right after weigh-ins.”
— Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) January 22, 2018
“Everybody keeps saying that [I didn’t watch the fight]. No, I didn’t [watch]. A friend of mine Facetimed me and that’s the only reason I saw the highlights. And I started watching reruns of ‘Martin.’ It’s the heavyweight division. Anyone can win. It just takes one punch. So, it doesn’t matter if he’s ranked number 15 or the number one guy. I take each and every fight like it’s going to be my toughest opponent.” — Derrick Lewis speaking to MMA Junkie.
Marcin Tybura is no pushover. He was on a three-fight win streak until losing to Fabricio Werdum by decision last year. To him though, Tybura and Ngannou are simply other dudes just like any heavyweight in the division. Derek Lewis had double that win streak before losing against Mark Hunt. A win here will put him right back into the mix and if he keeps it up, may talk his way into being Francis Ngannou’s return fight. Even though he lost, there would be a lot of eyes on whatever fight he comes back to have.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/14/2018.