Derrick Lewis is preparing to fight Mark Hark Hunt next, but after that, the heavyweight clearly wouldn’t mind throwing hands with Francis Ngannou.
Lewis will take on Hunt at UFC Fight Night 110, which will take place on June 10th in Auckland, New Zealand. If Lewis wins, he’ll extend his winning streak to seven, and he’ll definitely be knocking on the title shot door.
Well, recently Lewis appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and he was asked to weigh-in on Stipe Miocic’s recent title defense victory against Junior dos Santos. Unlike Ngannou, who said he wasn’t impressed with the heavyweight champ’s performance, Lewis praised Miocic for the win. Then the heavy handed fighter turned his attention to the rising heavyweight (quote via MMA Fighting):
“But Francis, that guy there, he’s really ignorant. I’m not even worrying about that guy. You know, I would love to fight him after this fight, because he’s been talking a lot of sh*t anyway, like he’s the sh*t. F*ck that guy. I’ll fight his ass after I fight Mark Hunt.
“Yeah, I’ll fight him, yeah,” Lewis responded, when asked if he wants to face Ngannou. “I wanted him before this fight. The guy talking about I’m too slow and this and that, yeah whatever — I’m a heavyweight. I’m coming in to bang his ass up.”
How about that? Could this fight materialize? It’s certainly possible, although, if Lewis takes out Hunt next month, he very well could be booked for a title shot. Miocic has already defeated three of the top five ranked heavyweights, and it’s unlikely the UFC would tap Cain Velasquez for a title shot, since he’s been inactive due to injuries.
Chances are, however, that Lewis and Ngannou will cross paths sooner or later.