Up and coming heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis shared his thoughts on the division, and they’re sure to ruffle some feathers.
Derrick Lewis is a many of many controversial opinions. Following his latest win over Travis Browne, he called the fighter out over allegations of domestic abuse and went on to troll Browne’s now-fiance Ronda Rousey for weeks on the internet. Now he’s taking some of that fire and pointing it at fellow UFC heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum.
“Those guys, they’re punch drunk.” Lewis said at the media event for this weekend’s UFC Fight Night: “Auckland” show (via MMA Junkie). “You blow on their chin, they drop. They don’t got a chin like they used to anymore, especially Overeem. Since he’s been off the juice, he hasn’t been having nothing, so, we’ll see.”
He also thinks he matches up well against current heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic.
“I believe Stipe is going to come out and try to wrestle me, just play right into my game. I like guys that try to come out and wrestle me. It’ll just be a boring fight, but I believe I can still come up with the win.”
That confidence extends to his next opponent, Mark Hunt, who he fights June 10th in Hunt’s backyard of New Zealand. But he’s giving the legendary journeyman hunt high praise going into their battle.
“I believe that Mark is the toughest guy in the division,” Derrick said. “I wanted to fight the toughest … I call out guys that I believe are the toughest that’s going to give me a chance. I don’t call out guys that I believe I could whoop real easily. I don’t do that. I believe that it’s just going to be a tough fight … It will be a slugfest.”
It’s one he hopes will earn him a shot at that boring title fight against Stipe Miocic. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned from watching the “Black Beast” rise through the rankings over the past three years, it’s not to doubt him when it comes to his brash proclamations.