“The Black Beast” is nonetheless targeting the multi-title MMA champ he calls a “so-known as legend,” making use of put up-acquire interviews at UFC Vegas 19 to market a future struggle.
“I want Overeem next,” Lewis claimed soon after violently halting Curtis Blaydes in the primary party of this earlier Saturday’s event at UFC APEX. “I’m presently greased and oiled up for him, so we completely ready.”
Overeem is just two months eradicated from a bloody TKO reduction to Alexander Volkov, who was the eighth fighter to knock out the 40-calendar year-aged former Strikeforce, K-1 and Aspiration champion and snapped his two-struggle successful streak.
Lewis, meanwhile, picked up his fourth straight gain, also extending his document for most UFC heavyweight knockouts at 12 (and tying previous champ Vitor Belfort for the most in marketing record). Volkov was knockout No. 10 with a file-breaking comeback.
After Overeem’s knockout earn, Lewis squandered minor time jabbing his rival on-line.
A spotlight-reel complete of Blaydes gave Lewis a powerful circumstance for a title eliminator, if not a shot at the winner of an approaching title rematch in between champ Stipe Miocic and leading contender Francis Ngannou. But he desires to remain hectic rather than wait around for chances, and that’s where by Overeem arrives in.
“Soon as feasible,” he claimed when asked about a timeline for the combat. “As shortly as he passes his concussion protocol, regardless of what, his suspension, whatever he got.
“I do not treatment [about his loss]. He’s had a pair of losses in a row. It’d be great just to fight him, for the reason that he’s a so-termed legend. So it’d be neat to battle somebody like that. And also, he’s been talking trash. He’s been saying his teammate, Curtis, could cope with this light-weight. We’ve been hoping to struggle him for many years, and he turned down the combat four occasions now.”
Presented their alleged history and Lewis’ penchant for concussing his opponents, the dilemma of Overeem’s willingness to give the green-mild was lifted. That, of study course, was an prospect for Lewis to needle his rival.
“He might take it,” Lewis claimed. “He’s been hit in the head a number of periods, so he could fail to remember all about what took place tonight. So he’ll almost certainly acquire it.”
“He’s from Netherlands, so you hardly ever know,” Lewis extra. “Them guys out there, they continue to be significant.”
If there is one particular factor that might scuttle the matchup when once more – or two if you rely the UFC’s interest in reserving a battle concerning fighters on reverse ends of their modern resumes – it is Lewis’ disinterest in the demands of training for a five-round battle.
“I really don’t have to have no primary party,” he mentioned. “I don’t ought to have no major function. I never want to go five rounds. I hate 5 rounds. My overall body is like, ‘Man, maintain f*cking close to, we’re going to retire your ass.’ But I detest 5 rounds.”
And, of study course, there is the chance Lewis is not at all major about combating Overeem and he’s indulging his perfectly-recognised trolling behavior. Lovers could possibly want to hold out for an formal UFC announcement before they make investments too a lot into seeing this obvious grudge recognized.