Heavyweight knockout artist Derrick Lewis would preferably like an additional crack at Francis Ngannou in his future struggle. But there are far more urgent challenges than the name on the up coming bout arrangement he symptoms.
“Right now, we’re just making an attempt to renegotiate the contract and see exactly where it goes from there,” Lewis stated on “The Joe Rogan Experience” this previous Friday.
Ngannou is set for his own rematch versus champ Stipe Miocic later on this thirty day period at UFC 260. Rather than hold out for the winner, Lewis would acquire any top rated-rated opponent that he hasn’t still fought – a checklist that grows shorter by the yr.
So though Lewis “for sure” would like to combat Ngannou all over again and has “got to get that 1,” he claimed it is extra critical he ties up his business with the UFC and then would make a brief turnaround.
“For me, I want to keep lively,” he reported. “I don’t want to be waiting around to struggle any one. I’m not youthful like I employed to [be]. So I really do not want to hold out all-around and combat for the title, or wait around about to combat a specific opponent. So I’m prepared to combat any one who’s prepared.”
Lewis, who this past month knocked out Curtis Blaydes at UFC Vegas 19, said Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Ciryl Gane have been on the list of prospective opponents. But with the former’s reduction to the latter in a lackluster fight this previous month, that alternative missing a lot of warmth. For Lewis, the result also introduced him back to his very first conference with Ngannou, one particular he’d somewhat neglect.
“I began finding tagged in the combat [on social media], only due to the fact they have been saying that [Gane vs. Rozenstruik] nevertheless was not even worse than Francis and Lewis battle,” Lewis reported. “I’m like, ‘Damn. Alright. Sh*t.’”
The UFC 226 meeting between Lewis and Ngannou was one particular of the most remarkably predicted fights in latest heavyweight record. Instead, it wound up a dud as neither fighter was willing to interact about 3 rounds. Lewis won a final decision, but felt like a loser afterward.
With a rematch in opposition to Ngannou, Lewis could get a possibility to ideal that incorrect, and Ngannou could be the upcoming champ if he’s prosperous versus Miocic. But for Lewis, his occupation is not about capturing the belt.
“I know my window of time is closing … to make revenue,” he said. “I never have that much time remaining, so I just want to make money, not just sit all over and wait around.”
Furthermore, Lewis said, there is only so a lot extra time he can bodily place his system by the rigors of a schooling camp. He isn’t inclined to set a timeframe on it, but when it happens, he’ll know pretty quick.
“It all depends, if my physique claims, ‘Sit your ass down,’ or we can keep heading,” he claimed. “It also relies upon on the dollars. If the cash keeps obtaining improved like it is, we’ll keep going right until the UFC claims, ‘Alright, we’ll holler at you.’”