“My coach just believes that I would really destroy Francis. My coach don’t like Francis at all either. I believe that I’m better than Francis all the way around,” Lewis said in a recent interview with FloCombat. “Striking, grappling, ground game, submission, whatever. I believe I’ve got better conditioning than him. I’m better disciplined. I listen to my coaches. I really believe I could beat this guy.”
“Hopefully we can get something before [Francis Ngannou] turns 50 on us,” Lewis added on a subsequent episode of the Slip N’ Dip Podcast, shortly after he knocked out Marcin Tybura. “Usually after every fight, I tell them I would like to fight this guy. I always try to pick out the toughest guys that’s out there. […] I told them Francis, I told them [Alistair] Overeem, even a rematch with Mark [Hunt]. Who’s the other guy, [Curtis] Blaydes and Fabricio [Werdum].”
After several weeks of silence, during which he was enjoying time off with his family, Francis Ngannou has finally responded to Lewis’s repeated barbs.
“Derrick has been talking some of his shit while I was off,” Ngannou said in a Sunday Instagram post. “Can someone please let him know that I’m here now, so if he really wants me, he should send his manager to deal with [UFC].”
Who do you think comes out on top in a heavyweight showdown between Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/18/2018.